Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Scholastic Giveaway!

Hi guys! It's been a little over a month since my last post, so I figured today's post will reveal some really exciting news!

Two weeks ago, I was contacted by Scholastic (insert teacher scream) to review a product for them.  I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to do so because I no longer am in the classroom setting. However, they were very accommodating in sending me their product to review.

I was given the Let's Find Out Spanish, Scholastic's early childhood magazine for dual language and Spanish programs. Have you ever used Scholastic News? If so, think of that, but in a more related format science.

What I love about this magazine is that their photographs and picture quality are superb! The reading material is phenomenal and very informative! I would say that, Let's Find Out, is very much tied to the standards, no matter which state you reside in!

I was able to access the online portal and I can't express how amazing it is! You get access to all the magazines, so even if you don't want to pull out your teacher edition, you can access it easily online.  There is even the capability to have it read to your students! I also love the fascinating videos that come with each magazine.  

 I kept thinking of all the possibilities to use this in a dual language classroom. In whole and small group, think animal research! Or even during workstations, allowing students to work with a partner or independently reading really interesting material that's on grade level. How about expanding your students vocabulary? We can all think of those particular students that come to mind!

As an educator for over 10 years, I would never blog about something I did not believe in.  I know you will love this engaging and outstanding magazine.

If you look below, you will see some examples of, Let's Find Out, April and May/June editions. 

Now let's get to the fun and exciting news for YOU! Scholastic will be giving 5 lucky winners an entire class set for the May/June version (limit 30 per class set).

All I ask if that you leave you name and e-mail in the comment section below.  I will be randomly drawing names.  The contest will end by April 19th at 8 P.M. EST.

Good luck to all!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Hi guys!

It's been a while again! I have been super busy creating stuff that I haven't had time to come on my blog and update you all on my life. Everything is pretty much the same (yawn). My husband and I got a puppy in November. Her name is Kaylee. She's a mini long-haired dachshund. Oh my word guys, she is the cutest thing in the entire world. At least in my eyes she is! Check her out under my signature.  If you want to follow her on Instagram, her handle is Kaylee McPuppin.  She's pretty funny ;)

Anyway, the real reason why I wanted to blog today was to let you all know that I will be working on getting my guided reading packet done.  It's a monster of a job but if I start soon, I will surely have several school weeks done for the following school year.  I need to know what are some thing you would like to see in the first grade (SPANISH) guided reading packet? My first week was a freebie, click here to grab it if you never downloaded it.

So far I have:
-How to run your guided reading block ( in minutes)
-HFW words
-Differenciated reading passages
-Activities to do with your small group that week
-Activities for the other students (work on writing, word work, digital games)
-Guided targeted lessons for the week

Now I need your input. If you could have your ideal guided reading guide, what else would you want to see in it?  Think about how long your guided reading block is each day. What do you hope to accomplish in that time frame to make your students successful?

I would truly appreciate any feedback you can give me.  The more help I can get, the easier it will be for me to create the material for you!

If you've made it this far, please click on "TPT" up at the top and pick out something from my store that is under $5.  Comment what you would like along with your e-mail!

Thanks y'all!!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Celebrating 2,000 with Brinca into Bilingual (Mrs.Nicolau)!

Mrs. Nicolau is celebrating 2,000 followers! You do NOT want to miss this amazing giveaway!!!


Mrs. Nicolau is giving away TWO RAE DUNN MUGS!
These cute mugs are very hard to find (depending where you live) and everyone is going CRAZY for these!

Let's giveaway a gift card!! Enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a $25 TPT Giftcard! Remember the more entries you have, the more changes you have to win!!!

Who does not LOVE TARGET?! We ALL do!!  So let's do a giveaway for a $25 Target giftcard!

Since we are going crazy with prices, why don't we get even crazier?!... Let's also celebrate with a $21.00 gift card from the AMAZING Melonheadz!

Last, but definitely not least! I have many blog friends that have joined me to celebrate this amazing event! They have all joined me to giveaway bundles by grades!!!

The first bundle is for our Bilingual K-1 teachers!

Next is the 2-3 Bilingual Bundle!

Last is our K-2 Grades Bundle in English!

Are you excited enough?! We sure hope so! Stop by Mrs. Nicolau's blog to enter on all these great prizes!!!
While you are there, drop a note to her. She LOVES hearing from her readers! :)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Math and Reading Station Ideas

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a fabulous week!  I wanted to quickly post about some fun math and reading stations you can do during the's cheap and quick!!! I love those two words!

I tend to get my best teaching ideas in the morning, my brain is just like, "OHH, that would be an awesome idea!".

I decided to pick up some leaves at dollar tree. Now these leaves where still on their plastic little branch, but I quickly cut them off with a scissor and got to working.

For these activities you will need:
-Sharpie (any color)
-Dry erase board (optional)
-Students ;)

I'll let the pictures do the talking...

You can have the students put them in alphabetical order!

Dual Language Teachers(DLT): Write syllable and have students create words!

Make sight words and the kids have to read them! Place in alphabetical order for a challenge...*NOTE* Not in order in this pic!

DLT: Put syllables together to make words!

Base ten and comparing numbers!!!!!!!!!

Addition with base ten and whole numbers. You can even have them write subtraction on their white boards!

Addition continued!
Aren't these ideas just so simple and easy to create!!! I know there were times where I spend hours upon hours thinking of workstations for my kids!  I'm all for cutesy stuff on paper, but kids need tangible items and to talk to their peers when they're working in small group.

I hope someone got something out of this!!! Please let me know if you would like to see more ideas like these!  I LOVE workstations!!!!!!!!!

I apologize for the glare, that's my dry erase side on my makeshift black board! HA!

If you'd like to know how I created that, let me know!!!!!! Instructions are super easy!!

Good night!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Second post in a week!

Hi guys!  Told you I would be better at this blogging thing.

I start working on a syllable package for you all, but I needed to take a break and work on something fun for the month of October.  I just love October, the fall, Halloween, crisp air...need I say more?

Anyway, when I was teaching, I would always struggle to find cutesy things to make reading more fun.  I went ahead and made graphic organizers for the month of October. My goal for these graphic organizers is to review concepts and expand on them as the school year moves on.

I hope that you will check it out and see if it's something you can use in your classroom.

I have made both and English and Spanish version of this product. First three comments in either language gets it for free!

Please specify if you would like it in Eng. or Span and leave your email address please!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

It's been a while...and I mean a while!!!!!!

Hi guys! Well, it sure has been a really long time since my last post!  I have a lot of catching up to do but I will briefly summarize it in bullet points as to cut to the chase of this post, ha ha!

- I got engaged September 20, 2015
-I had a great school year but decided not to return.
-I didn't return because my fiancé lived in Boston and that means I would have to move.
-I left Texas at the end of July and had all the emotions going.  Happy to start my new life but sad to leave my mom, friends, teaching buddies, and my school behind.  Texas will always have a special place in my heart.
-Moved to the Boston (still getting used to's already cold)  I'm orginally from Jersey, so I should be used to this...but no, the cold never gets easier.
-GOT MARRIED!!!!!!! On 8/27/16  The wedding was beyond my expectation.  We kept it simple, which was perfect for us!  Once I get pictures, I will upload some on here.
-Went and came back from my honeymoon.  We went to Riviera Maya for two weeks, it was hot and I got a really nice tan.

That pretty much sums it up. LOL!  Now, I'm back!  My hubby, Aaron, has really spoiled me.  I'm going to be staying home for the time being so I can focus on my Teachers Pay Teachers business and try to grow a little family.  All in God's hands!

Okay, back to business...I have decided to post my first item as a married woman ( I like the sound of that) to be a November reading workstation.  For the time being it's in Spanish only.

These station games are meant to be taught to your students at your guided reading table after you have met with all students.  Then you would place it into the station for the following week.

I have included all directions on how to play in the file. :)

**If you made it this far, comment below why you would like this product.  First three comments, get this packet for FREE.**

Please see the pictures below, click on the first picture to take you to the item in my store.

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Smorgasbord Post

I think the title of this post is fitting because I'm about to dive into different topics regarding school.  

For the past 3 out of my almost 9  years of teaching, I have decided on working on a goal for the school year.  I think the other 6 years, I was just trying to get it together, let's be honest now!!!

The first year of my change, I wanted to be more organized in my classroom, so that's what I worked on...I mean yes, I focused on other things, but if you as a teacher are not organized, trust me, there WILL BE chaos!!! 

The second year, I decided to work on math.  I HATED math as a child. I mean dreaded it.  I hate to say this, but no on really sat down with me to teach me the background knowledge and get me to love it.  Well, I decided to take matters into my own hands and give my students a chance to like/love math.  I read blog posts, did my research, created math workstations, would stay up late finding fun lessons to get the kids involved in their learning, and so much more.  My kids would beg me to do math stations, they said it was their favorite time of day.  They weren't scared of it and that was a great feeling.

Last year, I wanted to get better at teaching writing.  Now my district does require us to follow special guidelines based on Norma Jackson, the writing guru.  So, two of my teammates had taken this amazing professional development the previous year about letting kids just write.  I won't go into specifics cause that's a whole other blog post...which I can write about, if you want!  Anyway, can I just say that my students' writing was AMAZING...the stories they would create on their own...just jaw dropping.  The beauty of it, was that they were using their imaginations and schema to create these funny and entertaining books.  Give a child some manilla paper, fold it up like a book, have them draw a couple lines at the bottom and tell them to write,,,,,watch them go, it's magic folks!! 

Now we come to the present.  What are my goals for this year...well, I actually have 4...I'm crazy right?  The first two are at the top of my list because if I don't fix myself, my classroom environment won't be a happy one.

- First goal, is one that I have the most trouble with.  See, the thing is, when I'm surrounded by lots of people I tend to go into my imaginary shell and not speak up for what I truly believe in or what's best for my kids.  I want to work on being a bit more outspoken and leave my door open for other teachers to come in a learn from me or giving me feedback on how I can improve.  This will probably be my toughest one this year!!!

-Second goal, working on being more positive. I think I may have rolled my eyes or made ugly faces any time we had to do mandatory meetings or PLCs and what have you.  I don't want to be THAT teacher. I want people to be like, "wow, Judy is always so happy and welcoming..."  I want to appreciate the amazing job I have in an amazing school.  I want to be THAT teacher.  I seriously can not wait.....I didn't get my class list problem....after all these years of teaching, I've realized, ya know's not a big deal!! It will get done!  So don't stress, don't eye roll....I will get done!!!!!!

Third goal, HOMEWORK change! For years, I've been assigning homework.  Some kids do it, some never get help at home..some never turn it in...ohh you know what I'm talking about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, this year i've decided to do a weekly packet...I created a monthly (week by week) HW calendar with different assignments the kids can do.  They have the entire week to get it done and it's nothing that is too hard for them to do. No more stressing about the small things...more time to worry about teaching them the right things!

Fourth goal-Spelling! Our bilingual department has mandated us to use Words Their Way.  Last year was the first year I have ever used it...I had no clue what I was doing to be perfectly honest.  This year, I have a better grasp of it and do not plan on giving spelling tests EVERY single Friday.  I mean, why? I want my students to learn spelling patterns not just memorize words.  There, I said it!

Well, if you got to this point, I congratulate you.  Now, here's a few pictures of a new product  I made for my classroom.  They are shape posters, Melonheadz edition! Click on the first picture to take you to my store...or the first three comments, get it free! Please leave your e-mail address and one thing you plan on working on this school year!!! :)