Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Christmas Family Traditions

Christmas will be here before we know it and my family and I are getting ready!  For many years, my brother, sister and I, along with our families get together at my mom's house for Christmas.  We always look forward to spending time with each other and letting our mom spoil us!  We have a lot of time together so we play games every day.

On Christmas Eve, after dinner, we gather around to play Regalo o Broma (Gag or Gift).  Each player brings 2 nice gifts and 2 gag gifts.  We draw numbers, we choose a gift or we steal a gift that's already been opened.  We take turns until all of the gifts have been opened.  I normally spend only $5 on each nice gift so the total is $10 because I get creative and make my gag gifts from things I find around the house.  In this packet, I have provided more detailed instructions and the numbers for the drawings.
Regalo o Broma
After Christmas, we play Bunco Navideno (Christmas Bunco) with family and friends.  If you've never played you might need to watch some videos on YouTube to get a visual demonstration.  We each pay $10 to play.  We also place candy bowls at each table for snacking.  You can modify it to fit your family's needs.  We play with 12 players, 4 at each of the 3 tables.  We have a head table that begins the game by ringing a bell.  We roll for "ones" with 3 dice.  For each "one" you earn a point.  As long as you roll "ones" you keep rolling and accumulating points.  Once you don't roll a "one" your turn is over and it's someone else's turn.  On the next round, we roll for "two"s, and so on.  My Christmas Bunco has more detailed information and the score cards ready for you to print.  
Bunco Navideno
We also play Adivinando Dibujos Navidenos (Christmas Picture Guess- very similar to Pictionary).  There's only 8 of us that play so I divide the cards in half, 36 for each game.  I provide a small whiteboard and dry erase markers for drawing.  Each year I try to add more cards to make it a bit more challenging.  Since all the words are Christmas theme it's kind of easy to guess.  It's still a lot of fun especially late after the adults have had some Christmas cheer!
Adivinando Dibujos Navidenos
Another popular game in our family is Loteria Navidena which is very similar to Bingo.  I want to share with you our family Christmas Picture Bingo.  We wrap several $1 presents and the winner chooses a present to unwrap.  
Loteria Navidena
Finally, one of the games that is a must is UNO.  We can spend hours playing UNO.  

Hope you can find one of these games useful during this Christmas season, whether it's at home or in your classroom!  

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas from A La Escuelita!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Colores de Navidad

Hi friends!  I think by now most of us are done with our Black Friday Shopping!  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with their families.  As our Thanksgiving break is coming to an end, we begin getting ready for our return to school.  Now, we can begin planning our Christmas lessons.  I have created a short mini book and activities that can be assigned for students to work on independently.  They will help to reinforce the colors and give you a little bit of time to work one on one with your students!  Hope you like it!
Colores de Navidad

Hint Hint:  Check back on December 2nd for more Freebies!

Happy planning from A La Escuelita!

Saturday, October 24, 2015


Yikes, the month is almost over!  Halloween is next week!  Check out the lessons in my "Octubre" bundle:  
Octubre Bundle
Cristobal Colon
I've also been translating all of my thematic units, so now you can get them all in English as well!  My October bundle includes the same units but in English!
October Bundle
A La Escuelita will have a Halloween Sale October 25-October 27, so Happy Halloween and Happy Planning!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Wold Teacher Day TPT Sale and More!

Fall is here!  I'm so busy with so many things going on this month.  To begin with, the week of October 4th-10th is Fire Prevention Week.  I have created a Fire Safety unit to supplement your curriculum in both Spanish and English!  Check it out!
October 5th is International Teacher Day!  To celebrate, my store will be on sale 20% off on Monday October 5th!

Many other teachers will also have their store on sale on Monday October 5th so check out the
I Teach page for a list of all the teachers offering great discounts in their stores.
Not only can you get some great deals, you can also enter to win a $25 gift card!  You won't want to miss it!

I have also created a World Teacher Day Freebie!  Where the Wild Things Are is a mini unit that can be used along with the book or on its own.  This would make a great activity for those emergency substitute plans we always fear.  Just print out the activities and place them in a folder with a copy of the book and you're set!  I hope it's useful and you like it!

October 12th is Christopher Columbus Day.  My unit has been updated and is now available in both Spanish and English!

I am in the process of updating all of my units, so far the August and September units are updated.  I'm currently working on finishing up the October themes Aranas, Calabazas and Halloween.  Before printing be sure to check to see if an updated version is available.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Thank You for funding Norma's Jamaica Mission Trip

I would like to THANK everyone that helped my sister Norma fund her mission trip to Jamaica.  She loved this incredibly rewarding experience.  It gave her great joy to use her skills to help so many people in need.  We are so proud of her for her generous and kind heart.
I would like to give you a little insight into the missionaries' day.  The mission trip lasted 7 days, with 4 of them being work days.  They worked in a clinic without any air conditioning.  Wearing their scrubs and face masks in temperatures of at least 85 degrees, it was a very hot and sweaty experience.  It was easy to overheat and get dehydrated.  They didn't have a scheduled break or lunch during their 8 hour shifts.  They had to make time to drink and eat in between patients.

The team consisted of a total of 33 people: 26 students working with patients, 3 students sterilizing and 4 doctors.  With everyone working together they helped a total of 442 patients.  They did 96 fillings, 155 cleanings and 417 extractions.
Between the monetary donations, t-shirt sales, and the sale of tamales, we did manage to raise the $1,400 Norma needed to make the trip.  A huge THANK YOU to all of you that helped make this trip possible!
"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (Colossians 3:17)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


I just finished updating "Septiembre"! If you own it, please download the updated version. If you don't own it, buy it today for half price, only $7.50! 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

TPT Back to School Sale

I love sales and the TPT Back to School Sale is one of the Best!  We're all so busy during this time of the school year. Get ready for the new school year with some additional bilingual resources that will make your planning easier! Visit A La Escuelita for 20% off all of my products August 3rd & 4th. Don't forget the Promo Code BTS15 for an additional TPT discount!

Also, don't miss out on the opportunity to win an iPad from Nicole & Eliceo! There are so many different ways that an iPad could be useful in the classroom.  You can use it for planning, during one on one, small groups or during testing!  What a great tool!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Monday, July 20, 2015

Saturday, July 11, 2015

I Teach Bilinguals Meet & Greet

Bilingual resources and bilingual support are difficult to come by.  This is the purpose of our first I Teach Bilinguals Meet & Greet.  At this open house event, you may come and go as needed and check out all of our wonderful bilingual resources that are available to use in your classrooms.  We will also have door prizes, giveaways and free resources, including an EBook(Preview Coming Soon $25+) with resources that you can use at the beginning of the school year. 

So, don't miss out on this great opportunity for you to meet 5 very successful and dedicated bilingual teachers from the DFW area and check out our work!  If you have any questions, you can email me at  To register for this great event, please click here!

Educators participating in this event:

A La Escuelita

Kinder Bilingue

Teaching with Nancy

Mrs. G Dual Language

The Dual Trio

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Buy This Get This FREE!

Have you checked out my dental unit yet?  I'm helping my sister fund a mission trip to Jamaica.  All of the sales from my dental units will be donated to her.  Also, if you purchase a shirt, email me and I will send you my bilingual dental unit for FREE!  2 more days are left before this combo deal is off the table!

                        Buy This Shirt                                                          Get This Dental Unit Free           

Friday, July 3, 2015

¡Feliz Cumpleaños América!

Welcome to our July 4th Bilingual Blog Hop!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend with family and friends! This year it feels like the July 4th weekend is a bit longer than usual. We're planning on getting together with family and cooking out hamburgers and hot dogs with potato salad and watermelon slices! We like spending time at the pool as well. There's usually a few hours during the day to relax, Facebook, read, watch a movie, or work on classroom stuff. Of course, we end our day watching some fireworks and playing with sparklers!

Thank you for taking some time out of your holiday to check out our Bilingual Blog Hop and get some freebies! I'm happy to share this "¡Feliz Cumpleaños América!" Freebie with you! Although our students are not in class right now, Independence Day is an important holiday that we do discuss during the school year. So, snatch your freebie and save it to share with your students later!

Now, click on the image below to hop on over to the next stop, Kinder Bilingue!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Bilingual Blog Hop Begins Tomorrow!

Please join us for a Fourth of July Freebie Celebration!  A group of  bilingual teachers will get together to offer you some great Spanish freebies!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fourth of July Blog Hop

Take a few minutes on Saturday to join us for a Fourth of July Freebie Celebration!  A group of  bilingual teachers will get together to offer you some great Spanish freebies!

Please join our Bilingual Blog Hop and get some Spanish Freebies!  Mark your calendars, 2 more days and the fun will begin!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I Teach Bilinguals Meet & Greet

I Teach Bilinguals Meet & Greet
Resources for Teachers of Bilinguals
Thursday July 23rd, 2015
10:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m.

A La Escuelita and Kinder Bilingue will be hosting our first iTeach Bilinguals Meet & Greet!  This is a great opportunity for you to meet us, meet other bilingual teachers from the DFW area, and check out our work!  We will also have door prizes, giveaways and free resources for your classroom from very successful and dedicated teachers at iTeach Bilinguals.  For more details and to register, click here to register for this great event!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Get my Dental Unit for FREE!

I'm helping my sister Norma raise money for her Jamaica Dental Mission Trip. I'm selling t-shirts as one of the fundraisers. I have a deal for you! If you purchase a t-shirt I will send you my Dental Unit for FREE! Check out our fun t-shirt and get yours today!

Buy this Shirt, Get this Free

After purchasing the shirt, email me with your name and the date and I will send you my Dental Unit!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Salud Dental/Dental Health

I want to introduce you to my sister Norma, who I’m very proud of.  She’s in dental school at the moment and has worked very hard to be where she’s at right now.  She has received her white coat and has begun working with patients.  She has been given the opportunity to volunteer to go on a mission trip to Jamaica in July.  She will be traveling from Dallas, TX to Montego Bay, Jamaica on July 18th through the 25th.  The purpose of this trip is for dental students to work with as many patients as possible to help people get the much needed dental care for free. Dental students are responsible for paying for their own fee, $800 plus airfare, $600.  The cost of this trip will include their room, food, equipment and dental supplies that they will use.  Students are already taking out loans to pay for these expensive classes, so adding another $1400 to their debt is not easy.  Since Norma really wants to take advantage of this opportunity to help people that need her, I want to help her accomplish this dream without it being a burden on her financial status.  I would like to invite you to help sponsor my sister in this journey as well!  So, how can you help?  Well, I have spent many hours putting together a dental health unit for your students!  I have created this unit with Norma and our students in mind!  This is the first unit that I have created in Spanish and then translated it into English, so you can actually get both!  It includes 6 math ideas, 7 language arts ideas, 4 science, 4 social studies, 4 art ideas and much more!  The ideas in both units are all in English, but the printables are in either Spanish or English.  All of the profit I make during May, June and July will go towards her Jamaica fund!  So, check out the preview and help sponsor Norma on this trip!
Salud Dental/Dental Health
I want to share some of the activities that are included in my dental unit.  So, even though dental month happens in February, you can teach about dental health anytime of the year.  I’ve noticed that a lot of the curricula we use don't include a lot about dental health.  I like to integrate all subjects into my weekly themes.  So, let me share with you some of the activities you can do with your students during dental week.

First of all, for math, students can make a teeth number line.  Students can cut out the teeth, place them in order and glue them on a sentence strip or on manila paper.  To get the number line teeth, click here.

For language arts, students can create a toothbrush and then you can assign something for them to write on.  For examples, for pre-k, they can just write “My Toothbrush”, for second grade, they can write adjectives that describe their toothbrush.

For science, demonstrate how soft drinks and coffee will stain their teeth but water will not.  Discuss how water is the best and healthiest drink they have that will benefit not only their teeth but the rest of their body as well.

For social studies, model the proper way to brush their teeth and floss using an egg carton.

You can also demonstrate what a cavity is and how a dentist takes care of it by putting a small silver hat over the hole in their tooth.

Students can get creative by creating a smile using a paper plate, crayons or markers, a popsicle stick and glue.

Involving and educating parents is crucial when it comes to dental health.  So, I’ve created an “Advice for Parents” that you can print out and send to your parents.  They might not know that if their child doesn’t take care of their baby teeth, they can actually damage their adult teeth underneath.  I’ve actually heard people say, “It’s okay, those teeth are going to fall out anyway!”.  Parents might also not know that cheese is actually a very good snack for their teeth.  Click here to access the "Advice for Parents".

Oh, and let me show you a dollar bill I got a hold of!  I’m not saying you should write on your money, I’m just saying that a tooth fairy did and I think it’s cute!

All of these activities and more can be found in my dental unit, check it out!