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Staying busy.. things I did not know I needed!

House Decor:

Hooks without drilling

Hooks for mugs

Kitchen:

Lids for my small jars

Tech and all:

New Laptop Cover

New Laptop Carrier

MacBook Air Cover *

Bose Frame Charger

Home Office/ Meditation Room:

Mat

Sewing:

Kit (Threads)

Foot Kit for Machine

Will continue to update this page 🙂

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Baby Gifting Ideas + Advice?

Two close friends are having babies! Yes, that’s right! I am excited! I’ve went to different cites but most of the places don’t carry enough “neutral” tones. Below are some links of items I found on Amazon. I am open for suggestions.

-Thank you all.

Dark tones

Footie

 

 

Light tone

Footie

Washcloth (6 count)

Baby Healing Ointment (Aquaphor)

Tooth Fairy Box

 

I will be updating this post.

https://amzn.to/2S2aDEz

Posted in Amazon, Angelman Syndrome, Children's Literature, Educational Insights, Educational Resources, Educational Tools, Latina en educación, Latinaineducation, Maestra, Maestra De Primaria, My Amazon Buys, Teacher Budget Friendly, Uncategorized

My Secret Teaching/Learning During Quarantine Tool + Angelman Syndrome

Hi! I know it’s been a while but a lot has happened since the last time I blogged! I hope everyone is safe and doing well. I pray that you and your loved ones are well.

Before I start, I wanted to mention a special company that is so dear to my heart, Educational Insights! 

If you know me, you know I brag about them 24/7. I honestly love this company and everything they stand for. My kiddos and I love using their tools in our classroom! A while back, before the COVID-19, my kiddos and I received a gift! Not a regular gift, a cool educational gift!

IMG_4452 (I keep all our Hot Dot Pens and cards in this container for my kiddos to place back and that way we can keep it organized.) I also had 2-3 kiddos trying to take them home.

My kiddos enjoyed working with our Pete the Cat and Ollie! They loved our sets! Since the day the started to use them, I could see their confidence building up! If they made an “oopsie” they would look at it again and when they got it right they cheered! You can also find out what other items I use from Educational Insights and how I incorporate them in our learning environment by clicking this other post here. 

However, since we are under “digital learning” or “working/learning from home” not all my kiddos were able to take a Hot Dots pen home with them. Instead, we are able to pull up resources provided on their website! 

In addition, they provide all types of learning resources for all KIDDOS! Including kiddos in the early stages of learning! I recently purchased the Playfoam, and let me tell you, it is wonderful for therapy!

Many of you may not know, but my younger sister has Angelman Syndrome. She is currently 16 years old but due to her development delay I would say she is still in the early learning stages. Since we are learning from home, she is not able to receive her services for her safety and her therapists. So now more than ever, my mom and I are responsible for providing those sensory and learning opportunities for her. This Playfoam is perfect! The texture is amazing! Crystal really enjoys it! Plus, its mess free! That’s right! We don’t have to worry about cleaning up any mess! We recently replaced her old sensory box with one filled with Playfoam and a couple of different objects.

As soon as I get a chance I’ll upload a picture here! You can also find Educational Insights on Amazon! If you are interested in purchasing from their website they always have promo codes! As of today, they have a 30% off site wide (excluding sale items) with the code LEARN.

Check them out! Also, if you would like me to do a blog post about #Angelman Syndrome let me know! I’m more than happy to let you all in a special place in my life!

Also, this blog is not sponsored. All recommendations are legit!

Thank you for your unconditional support.

✐C. Lopez M! ♡

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Classroom Essentials from Amazon! + Teacher Edition!

Welcome! Today I will be sharing my favorite classroom (teacher edition) essentials I can not live without! I’ve included links in case you are interested in a product.

Disclaimer: All of my opinions and recommendations are honest with good intent. Some of the links are affiliate links. Purchasing through these links will NOT affect your check out process in any way, I make a very small sales commission that will help my blog. I also like to see what items we share common interest.

With this said, lets get started!

  1. Scents! When I moved into my classroom, I wanted to make sure my classroom had a special touch! I wanted everyone that entered my classroom to feel welcome and cared for. As I mentioned on my instagram, I use the oil plug ins in my classroom and the automatic spray holder for my home. Out of all the scents, the Cashmere woods is literally my favorite! I also tried oil diffusers, click here if you would like to compare them.
  2. Skin Sticks! Yesss! My very first one was given to me as a gift! My friend/mentor introduced me to them and now I have three! I am equally obsessed with the Bamboo and Almond & Honey . As a teacher, I spend most of my free time washing my hands as much as possible! Water can quickly dry our hands,  the skin sticks are travel friendly and fun to use. They are super easy to use and leave my hands feeling A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! They don’t leave my hands feeling oily, instead they lock in moisture that can literally last me a whole day! If you get a chance you should try them out! Click here, if you are interested.
  3. Propolis Spray! Yup, that is right! Unfortunately, I tend to get sick every season! My friend/mentor introduced me to Beekeeper’s Natural throat spray! If you would like to compare prices, click here. I trust Beekeeper’s Natural spray because it is alcohol-free, keto friendly, uses raw honey, and only contains THREE ingredients.
  4. VapoRub + Excedrin! There are days when my migraine symptoms will not go away, for those days I have VapoRub! I often get laughed at for using vaporub for almost everything! But it works! I apply some to my temples and nape. With this said, I keep a bottle of Excedrin inside my desk! Since I was 10, I was diagnosed with both Migraine with aura. I was under a special treatment for 4 years and unfortunately it didn’t go as planned. The older I get the worst it gets. Excedrin is here for me and helps me get through a day of teaching!
  5. Sanitizing and disinfecting! Last year we experienced a stomach virus at my school! As an EIP teacher I work with almost 60+ kiddos a day and interact with a lot more! Our janitorial staff used Purell multisurface disinfectant spray to sanitize and disinfect the school. Every afternoon I spray lysol disinfectant spray on desk, tables, materials, and chairs. I also like the way it doesn’t leave a residue behind!

Thank you so much for your support!

Let me know what your essentials are!

✐C. Lopez M! ♡

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Posted in First Year Teacher, journaling, Latina en educación, Latinaineducation, Maestra, Personal Journal, Personal thoughts, Uncategorized

Feeling Conflicted About December Holidays + A Teacher’s Diary .. Send Help..

Hi! I hope you are enjoying this cozy weather! I have my heater on, fully blasting!

As all of you know, December is here! Meaning December’s holidays have arrived. As an educator, my weakness is trying to cater to everyone. With this said, I try to remain as neutral/unbiased as possible. I am aware that not everyone celebrates a certain holiday in December. So I take certain measures to ensure everyone in my classes feel welcomed. However, I’ve recently encountered a small teacher guilt moment. Many of my older kiddos have noticed the classroom does not have an elf on the self (their homeroom does), nor is our classroom decorated with Santas and reindeers (other classrooms are.) My classroom looks pretty much very blah at the moment. Although, I added a gnome and a tealight holder (it looks much better now than before.)

As I walk around, I see most of my colleagues so happily in their holiday sweaters, cute Santa earrings, and their classroom doors are tremendously festive. Then, there is me. I seriously feel like the grinch, it’s official, one of my kiddos called me out. I am unsure of what to do. Of course, I will be doing goodie bags for my kiddos that may include a snowflake pencil or a couple of Winter related items but I am unsure if I should include Christmas items. The last thing I ever want to do is offend or disrespect my children’s culture and beliefs. Have you felt like this before? If so, let me know I am not alone.

Am I officially a grinch? Help me, please.

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P.S. I normally don’t wear other earrings (I like to stick to my knot ones), but I caved and now own these Snowmen earrings.

 

 

 

*Side note: I purchased the beautiful handmade holiday gnome and tealight holder from a very talented colleague.

Posted in First Year Teacher, journaling, Latina en educación, Maestra, Personal Journal, Personal thoughts, Uncategorized

Note from a friend.

Hi, everyone!

How are you? How are you feeling?

I wanted to get on here and do a quick catch up.

We all know how difficult the last week before break gets. This previous week was one of the most challenging weeks by far. Lately, I’ve been feeling dizzy, tired, and lightheaded. I thought I was catching a cold or maybe it was stress. It all started to get more complicated around Tuesday and Wednesday. I knew something was wrong when different people from my team were dropping by or checking on me because they realized I wasn’t being myself. However, it wasn’t until Friday that I decided it was time to reach out to my doctor and also to my family and friends (including my school family.) This weekend was the perfect time to reflect on everything. I’m currently working two jobs and assumed that I was getting burnt out. I also thought it could be my anxiety or seasonal depression. Turns out, I was completely wrong. I need to make my physical, mental, and spiritual health a priority. Since last Friday, my body has been sending me signs that I have completely ignored. I am not ready to talk about my current situation, but when I feel ready I will share the journey with you.

Note to a Friend:

With this said, I urge you to listen to your body. You are your most sincere friend and your health should always come first. Listen to your gut. You may have heard this about a thousand times, but your intuition is always right. If you are feeling tired, drowsy, or anything other than your usual self reach out to a professional. You are NOT alone.

 

Posted in Educational Insights, Educational Resources, Educational Tools, Latinaineducation, Teacher Budget Friendly, Uncategorized

Educational Tools! + Teacher Budget Friendly!

Hi! Welcome!

As an intervention specialist, I am always looking for fun, educational, and interactive tools for my children to use in and out the classroom! Since my classroom is a #TeacherFundedClassroom I am very selective of what tools to incorporate. If you follow me on instagram you know one of my favorite brands is Educational Insights ®.

In my first block for the day, I have 13 kiddos. Since they are in first grade, their goals are entirely different. Most are sight words, writing sentence structure, reading fluency, reading comprehension, and I have a specific child that works with letter recognition.

To be completely honest, it is often very difficult to sit with a child one-on-one, let alone help build their confidence. With this said, it has been over a week now since my kiddo started working with the HotDots alphabet and phonics kits. I decided to pair those kits together since they go hand in hand! I highly recommend this product! I don’t think I can express how important it is to incorporate fun educational tools in the classroom.

When I finished with my assessments this week, I noticed a huge boost not only with his confidence, but with his letter recognition! I am truly amazed! I know I wouldn’t be disappointed.

I recommend this product for parents, guardians, caregivers, and/or teachers, to use with their children. It’s definitely worth the price!

This blog was not sponsored. 🖤

✐ 𝙼 𝚒 𝚜 𝚜 𝙻 𝙼 ♡

Posted in First Year Teacher, journaling, Latina en educación, Latinaineducation, Maestra, Maestra De Primaria, Personal Journal, Personal thoughts, Uncategorized

C h a n g e s . . .

November 9, 2019    12:22 am

#PersonalThoughts #Journaling #FirstYearTeacher #FirstYearExperience #Latinaineducation

This week was probably one of the toughest weeks I have had in the past few months. I’m having a difficult time focusing on myself, my family, my faith, my goals, and my personal life. I am not sure if this makes any sense, but I feel like I’ve lost myself. I don’t have time to do much on the weekdays or weekends. I don’t even have time for self-care days. I LOVED SELF-CARE DAYS. I am always on the go, looking for new tools and ideas to incorporate in my lesson plans to make them more meaningful. With this said, my professional life seems to be going well, I’m getting things done! However, I keep trying to map out my 2020 and I seem to be all over the place with ideas. I have posts and ideas I’ve had in my draft for the longest and I don’t even post them. My motivation is completely gone, I don’t even know what’s next from here. Everything just seems so blurry (in my personal life) with no direction at all. Looking back at who I was a couple of months ago and who I aspire to be makes me feel like I’ve gone through a “shedding” stage in life.

I recently renewed my domain and now I am not sure what’s next.

I aspire to be one of those educators that inspire their children to learn, those educators that always have everything completed before the deadline, those educators that are fit and have time to go to the gym, those educators that always dress nice, those educators that have their hair done, those educators that can balance out their personal and professional life without a struggle. If you are one of those educators, help me out, what’s the secret?