3 things I will not do as a pregnant teacher

Pregnancy has gotten way better now that I'm not in the first trimester anymore. First trimester was just terrible!

As I look ahead and think of the back to school season I'm setting 3 goals for myself...focusing more on things I am NOT going to do while I'm a pregnant teacher and I encourage you to do the same if you're also teaching and pregnant...


First Week Fun

We survived the first week...let me rephrase that...I survived the first week! Students seemed to enjoy it very much.

We have been going over our rituals and routines and they seem to be getting better at it, as long as we keep practicing they will become masters in no time. What seemed hard to accomplish on the first day was a piece of cake by Friday!

We started our week by reading The Kissing Hand - Un beso en mi mano. This is one of the sweetest read alouds out there. Students can connect to it right away and it gets them talking about their feelings...great way to start getting to know each other!

Then we went over crayon sharing expectations and did our first coloring activity of the year! I plan on saving these to put in their portfolios at the end of the year. I know parents will love to see how their kids coloring has changed.

You can grab this FREEBIE at the end of the post :)


Letter Oo

Back to school is just around the corner for me which means prep, prep and more prep! It's a lot of work but it's one of my favorite times of the year. Sparkling clean classrooms, brand new borders, fresh laminating aaaah!! But when your room is ready for those little ones to come in you can't forget to be ready with quality work as well, which is exactly what I've been working on this week. I've been preparing all the activities and planning my lessons for the first weeks of school.

During the second (or third) week of school I will be introducing my little ones to the vowels. I know these activities will be fun and engaging and I'm super excited to use them one more time with a new group of kids!

Let me show you what I've prepped for so far...
I like having a mini word wall (separate from the one we use for sight words) to focus on the letter we are learning. I've noticed how much more vocabulary my kids learn. I change it every week and my kids love referring back to it!
I always make sure my students have plenty of opportunities to learn how to trace and write each letter. 

Just as important as tracing letters correctly, I give the kids plenty of activities to recognize the beginning sounds. I usually use this coloring activity at the beginning when I first introduce the letter since it's quick and easy. 
One of my students favorite activities is the mini books we do every week. I have two different versions and I pick a different one every week depending on how much time (and copies/paper) I have for the week.
And sometimes we do an extra activity on Fridays just for fun! This is when I really push my students to get creative!

You can find these activities HERE.

I hope your planning and prep is going great!! 

Please, Mr. Panda - Vamos a leer!

You walk into Barnes & Noble, Target (or anywhere really) and you go straight to the children's books section...trying to find books for your students in Spanish but there's only a few and not really anything you want/need. You glance at the English section and  you wish it was that easy for you to find books! Sound familiar? 

I bet it does if you're a bilingual/ESL/dual-language teacher!
Don't get me wrong. I love teaching in Spanish but all the time I see these amazing ideas on Pinterest using the best books out there and then it hits me... the activity is in English! UGH!!!

Great news is I will be sharing with you some books and ideas that you can use in your Spanish elementary class. Since I will be teaching kindergarten this year I will try to keep my ideas closer to k-2 but maybe someday I'll share some of my ideas for the upper grades :) 

And most importantly! I will most definitively try to give you a link from Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Target so you can purchase your book online! Searching will be way easier for you!

Today's book is one I plan to use on the first day (or week) of school. It is one of the best ones I have found to teach my kids about the word PLEASE.

It starts out with this sweet 'grumpy' panda and a box of donuts. He runs into many friends and offers them a donut but all he gets are rude responses and decides not to give them a donut.
Until he finds a cute little friend who says PLEASE! 

This book is simple, to the point and perfect for a back to school manners lesson! Plus the text is in English AND Spanish! 

As I promised, here is a FREEBIE you can use with your kids to go along with this book:) 

Click HERE to download

You can find this book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Have a great school year!!


Life happens...and it's oh so good!

Hello friends! 
How's your summer going? Mine has been fabulous! Lots of sleeping + Netflix + reading... am I making you jealous?? I hope you are having a fun an relaxing summer as well! 
I'm super super excited to announce my husband and I are expecting a beautiful baby! We are beyond happy!  
Since this is completely new to me (first time mom) I'll be sharing with you products and ideas that have made my life easier. It will be interesting to juggle the wife/teacher/pregnant/mom life but I know I'm not alone.

When I first found out I was pregnant I knew I had to change some habits. I know me and I know the best way for me to do it is with slow but steady steps ;) So I simply started by making sure I was drinking plenty of water! Which of course was the way to *justify* this purchase to my husband...

I had seen the YETIS all over the internet but kept thinking they were just too pricey for me... and then I thought, why not? Let's try it! 
I headed to Dicks sporting goods and bought it! Big step for someone frugal like me...
I also stopped by Sonic to get me a bag of their ice (YUM). I mean if I was going to do it, I had to do it right!! 
Let me tell you...the YETI is everything I had heard of it. 
Yes. It keeps your water cold.
Yes. The ice lasts forever. 

So this is it when I was getting ready for school.

A couple of hours later I still had this much ice left! 
I had lunch around 12:00pm and half the ice had melted. By 3:45 all my ice was gone BUT the water was still cold.
I know you've heard about many other brands that are basically do the same but are cheaper... but I haven't tried those, I can only tell you this YETI is AMAZING!! 
It changed my days in the classroom, now I can be refreshed any time I want... no more waiting for lunch time to get a refreshing drink!! 
You can find a YETI at Dick's or Amazon (I have seen the price on Amazon drop to $28 so keep an eye out!)

** This is my honest opinion and this post does not contain any affiliate links :)

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