Friday, December 21, 2012

Photos from the Make and Take Workshop!


Fa La La La La!
We Decked the Halls....with lots of Boughs!

Candles.....Bows.....and Pinecones Oh MY!

A Great Time Was Had.....
By All!

Enjoy your Break!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

¡Libros Nuevos!

It always feels a little like an Early Christmas when the box of new library books arrive!

Be sure to stop in  and take a look at the many new Spanish....and some English titles that are on the center table in the Media Center!

They are on display until we get back from Winter Break!

Then....they will only be checked out to staff will have to wait!!!


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Great New Spanish Resources

I have been spending lots of time exploring the Spanish Playground Blog...

It is a virtual treasure trove of resources....

Here are a couple that I really like:

This is a link to the
ILCE Digital Library from Mexico. 
 I think the stories might be most appropriate for grades 3 and 4.
There is no audio the stories look pretty good.

This is a screen shot from
which has some great links to vocabulary activities that are nice vocabulary extensions.
They would work well on the Smart Board because most of them are drag and drop activities.
The activities vary from simple language to some pretty complex sentences.

I know you are always looking for some quick Spanish Listening Activities!  These quick You Tube snippets are so cute!  Little kids from Spain doing Words of the day riddles!
I wouldn't make links to them....because of the whole YOU TUBE ISSUES....but you could display them on the projector and have lots of fun!

Take A look!
 You can find more than 100 of these if you Google Search "you tube escucha y adivina la palabra"


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

What I found during Early Release!!!

While you were busy working on your curriculum development activities....

I was out searching for resources for you....

Look what I found!

This website called TV411 has some Spanish Videos about science topics!
I would love to hear what you think.  

I have discovered someone else who loves blogging as much as I do....
Check out THE SPANISH PLAYGROUND....  It is written by a woman with lots of experience teaching Spanish Immersion.  The posts are organized in categories...well worth some time exploring!

For instance....she posted about You Tube Book Box Videos....Here is an example:

....there are a bunch of new iPad apps on the Cart iPad....look for a stand alone post about them....

and a reminder to use the Google Doc Sign out for reserving the cart!

Last but not least.....I placed an order for $1000 in new books.....they will hopefully be here in a couple of weeks!

Have a great day!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Time to Get Your HO HO HO On!

Friday, December 14th


PSI Teacher Lunchroom

Make and Take Holiday Decor!

Cost: $10.00

Supplies Provided:

Dogwood Branches
Pinecones and other decorative add ons
Fresh flowers by request
 Floral Foam

Advice and Inspiration...

 What YOU need to bring:

Container (waterproof or an insert that is waterproof)
any twigs, pinecones, old decorations, candles etc)
glue gun if you have one
floral snips/garden clippers or strong scissors
regular scissors

 RSVP to Mary by DEC. 10 (money due then so I can shop)


There is a sign up sheet on my office door..
..please put your name on the list to help out with the different jobs that make this such fun....

Hope to see you there...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Save The Date! Make and Take Workshop!

Don't these people look like they are having fun?
They were enjoying the first annual(?) Make and Take Holiday Decor Boutique last year!

Back by popular it a "demand" when your "boss" asks...."What day are we going to have this?"   HMMMM.....Just kidding Corey!

Anyway...we ARE planning to do this again! 

So Save the Date:  Friday December 14th.....3:15 to 5 in the Teacher Lunchroom.

I will send more details soon....Hope you can join us!  It was great fun! 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Paid Workshop Opportunity....Learn To Use Weebly

Would you like to create websites to use with your students?

Are you ready to move to an electronic newsletter?

Just looking to learn something new?

Come learn about  Weebly!

We are holding two workshops.....obviously they are optional.....but we would love to have you come.

Training – Part 1 – Monday, Nov. 19; 3:00-5:00 pm.  (You will be paid for 1 hour.)
Training – Part 2 – Monday, Dec. 3; 3:00-5:00 pm (You will be paid for 1 hour.) 
 We will show you the basics of the Weebly a little brainstorming.....answer your questions and get you started on your own sites!

 The SLP Schools Foundation awarded Mary and I a grant last spring.   
The purpose of the grant is to explore and create interactive Kindergarten websites that support the immersion language model. 

We have started to create materials that students can use independently, as well as to share information with parents about PSI.

We have created 2 interactive kindergarten websites and a parent blog so far.  The plan is to add sites for each of the thematic units taught in Kindergarten!

Take a look and see what you think!

Thematic Units:  

Now we want to share these projects with you and perhaps inspire you to try this yourself.

The good news....we asked for $$$$$ to teach you how.....Yippee!!!

Ingrid has already started....take a peek at Equipo Brown!!!!

So we hope you will consider attending the workshop!

See Mary or Kim with questions and/or to RSVP.   
We are excited to share this information with you!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

iPad Cart Information

Congrats on having your conferences over!!!
So now on to November!

I have finally posted the iPad sign out on Google Docs!
It is shared with you, but here is the link anyway!!!

If you do put your name on the signout, please let us know if your plans change!

You may check the cart out for any length of time.
It works best to do half days so that you are able to find a time to come get it and return it!

PLEASE DO NOT have students transport the cart!

 While you all were busy with your conferences, I spent a considerable amount of time synching and organizing the apps so that each iPad should have a similar lay out on each window.

If you have any suggestions for great apps (especially Spanish Language) let me know and I will download them.

I am trying to resolve the issue of head phones for the many of the apps have sound and when a whole class is using them it can get loud....

Any suggestions?.....the idea of sixteeen headsets all tangled up on the shelf inside the cart makes me crazy!!!!

Having them in baggies might you think that would be too cumbersome when you are managing the cart in your classroom?


Anyway....the iPads await your clever instructional plans!!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New Books

 Can you believe the election is 2 weeks from today...

 There is a display of election themed books on the shelf....
The kids are bummed because I am saving them "JUST FOR TEACHERS"....

Hope you come and get one!

In 4th and 5th grade library classes we are examining campaign posters....and discussing how the candidates send subliminal messages through images.....
Interesting discussion!! 


Here are some of the books written by David LaRochelle....only one in Spanish :(  but they are pretty cool!

They are also reserved for teachers.

Have a Great Day!