Monday, August 18, 2014

Teacher Week: Who am I?

Hello y'all! I decided to link up with the lovely amazing teachers of Blog Hoppin' and celebrate Teachers Week! Today it's all about WHO you are, so join in the fun and share :)

Who Am I?:

I decided to give you a top ten list style :) because I love all things organized and systematic. I'll try to keep it simple and quick, but I'm a newbie so I think it's only fair to share a little more to help you all get to know the face behind the blog :)

#1: My name is Melissa. I'm a 27 year old, passionate, determined and outgoing woman. I was born on Easter, and my parents always told me the Easter Bunny brought me. I am Mexican-American, fluent in Spanish and English, and a sassy mama-jamba. Haha. Not really, it just sounded good right?

#2: I'm a Single and PROUD Mama Bear to a 5-year old boy, Gabriel. He is the sun to my world. I couldn't imagine life without him. He will be starting Kindergarten this year in a Spanish Dual-Immersion program! Eek, can't believe how quickly time has passed.

#3: I'm a West Michigan Native. I was born and raised in a small town about 45 minutes north of Grand Rapids. We live less than 30 minutes away from Lake Michigan! Left Picture: Silver Lake Sand Dunes, Middle Picture: Beaches of Lake Michigan, Right Picture: Detroit Tigers Comerica Park Stadium

#4: My family is my everything! I have one younger sister, and one older brother. I have so many cousins I can't keep track of them all (well, I can but it's way too many to count). LOL. My sister was nominated Ms. Wheelchair Michigan 2012, upon her crowning she made me jump out of a plane with her at 10,000 feet in the air (pictured in bottom right)! She's lucky I love her!

#5: I want to travel the word. I love traveling. I studied abroad during college in Mexico and traveled all over the country. I was bit by the travel bug, and haven't stopped since! The picture in the left below is in Mexico, the right picture is in an all boys orphanage in Mexico and the middle photo is on my way to Los Angeles last year!

#6: My best friend is my sidekick. We met Freshman year of college. She is a psychology major, I was an education major. I was her test-student and she was my test-student. How could we not be destined to be best friends? We have seen each other go through many roller-coasters and we are still standing by each others sides!

#7: I'm obsessed and passionate about culture and language! I taught high-school Spanish for 3 years. After being pink-slipped every year due to budget cuts I decided to go back to school and major in Elementary Education so I could teach in a Dual-Immersion program in my hometown. I love sharing my own culture with others!

#8: I've always wanted to be a teacher. When I was little I used to corral all the neighbor kids into my parents basement and give them homework and make them do accelerated reader! Haha. I thought I was the coolest teacher ever... :)

#9: I love design and photography. I have successfully ran my own side business for the past 5 years doing weddings, engagements, families and children. I took classes in my undergrad but realized that my love for teaching would never go away! Now I'm the luckiest gal ever because I get to do both!

#10: I'm obsessed with all things sports, volleyball and softball especially. In high school I played sports year round. My mom is a volleyball coach so I've been on the court since I was old enough to walk. I played everything from basketball, softball, volleyball and tennis. Sports was kinda my thing.

Well that is all folks :) Hope you enjoyed getting to know more about me! I'll see you tomorrow for another session of Teacher Week shares. Adios.

Head back on over to Blog Hoppin' to read more about some pretty amazing teachers by clicking on the button below. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Updates Galore

Blog Design:

If you haven't noticed, you must simply be giving your undivided attention to my stunning writing (pshh, let's be serious), but I got a MUCH needed blog design re-vamp! Who did it you may ask? Me. Me. Me. There are things here and there that I need to touch up and add but I finally bit the bullet and designed it all myself. The design part, definitely not so hard. The coding part on the other hand, let's just say took me a bit to get the hang of! I'm proud to say it's complete and I love it! And you should definitely Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Job Update:

 As some of you may know, my latest teaching position unfortunately had to make some major budget cuts... (insert violin playing here) and I am currently the "U-Word," (unemployed for those of you who didn't catch on, it's okay I've been there). It stinks to say the least! But, on a positive note this situation is giving me a reason to go back to school to get my Masters and turn my degree into something I've always wanted to do, but never took the time to do it. I'm hoping that after my Elementary Endorsement, I will get a 3rd grade teaching position as a Spanish Immersion teacher in my home town starting next year! It is the same program my son is starting this fall as a Kindergartener! (Holy cow, I can't believe I just said that). Fingers crossed. Meanwhile, I'm focusing my time on school, being a mom, creating and designing and you guessed it, blogging.

I'd like to toot my horn a little bit here... I haven't been back to school in a while. Although going back to school for ANY mother or father, it is definitely a challenge for me! I'm a single-mother, and I was working full-time AND taking classes! Whew, just saying that kinda winded me. Needless to say, check out this GPA for my Masters thus far!

Yep, that's right a stinken 4.0! I was beyond ecstatic when my grades came back. All that hard work and effort definitely is paying off, and hopefully pays forward in the long run. Can't wait to finish this degree!

Personal Update:

Recently my little man and I was able to take a mini-vacation around our beautiful state of Michigan, just the two of us. We traveled to our favorite spot, climbed on the Silver Lake Sand Dunes, rode the Mac Dune Rides as well as traveled to the Ludington SandCastle Museum, visited Pirate's Cove in Traverse City, and conquered the Sleeping Bear Dunes Climb and many other fun places! It was a blast, and well needed Mommy-Son time away from all the stress from class, not having a job etc. Unfortunately on the way home, we had a major boo-boo. If you follow me on any of my social media accounts you may have already saw the picture.

We were traveling south bound on a two-way highway when a deer cut in front of a vehicle two cars in front of us. The car behind him veered to miss him, and slammed on his brakes directly in front of me at 70 mph. It was clearly not a fun way to end our amazing vacation and I have to say, that it was by far one of the scariest moments of my life. Thankfully, my son and I were able to heal from our temporary injuries. We definitely had someone watching over us that day and I'm so thankful. It could have been much MUCH worse. Well, that is all the updates I have for you folks! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your upcoming weekend. My son and I are hoping to have a campfire with his grandpa and grandma this weekend. Don't forget roasting marshmallows, eating smores and cooking hot dogs and pizza pies over the fire. YUM! Can't wait.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hats From Around the World

 This set contains 14 Unique Hats From Around the World in color and 14 Black Lines Included. All files are high quality of 300 PPI helping them maintain their quality when stretched or shrunk. They are also in PNG format for easy use in any document, and appear with no white backdrop.

 « « The set includes the following: » »

(1) Beret
(1) Boater Hat
(1) Bonnett
(1) Conical Hat
(1) Cowboy Hat
(1) Derby Hat
(1) Fez
(1) Fisherman Cap
(1) Safari Hat
(1) Snap-back Cap
(1) Sombrero
(1) Top Hat
(1) Ushanaka
(1) Winter Hat

« « Classroom Application: » »
  • Culture: Who wears these hats?
  • Geography: Where do the hats come from? 
  • Similarities & Differences: How are they similar? How are they different?
Purchase this Set Here:
« «  Other Commercial Clip Art: » »
The Spanglish Señorita Clipart is created by Melissa Deible. All free and paid graphics may be used for personal and commercial use. No additional licenses are required however, please read my Terms of Use regarding how to give credit and link back to my Teachers Pay Teachers shop if you choose to use my clipart commercially.

All designs and images are creative property of Melissa Deible and should not be redistributed unless incorporated and secured in a new original design / product.

Thank you for your purchase and constant support. I hope you enjoy these items as much as I enjoyed creating them. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Author Showcase: Anna Dewdney

I am currently in a Children's Literature class which I am taking towards my Masters! One of the assignments was to showcase an author. Needless to say, I decided to do a showcase on one of my son's favorite authors and illustrators at the moment Anna Dewdney. You can purchase this whole package in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Anna Dewdney is such a wonderful, humble and active woman and mother. In everything she does she relays the importance of being a mother. Even in her books, you can see how important she feels the role of a mother is (Llama Llama Misses Mama) (Llama Llama Mad at Mama) (Llama Llama Home with Mama) I think that's why I can relate to her so much! She says, "The most important thing you must know about me, really, is that I am a mother."

The idea for this project was to create an interactive showcase, that will allow the students to not only read about the author, but interact with the author. Kinesthetic learners are going to LOVE this type of display, as well as visual learners. It's very hands-on and visually pleasing.

I'll break down the tri-fold for you. The top are red & white banners I purchased from Target. Pop-out letters were layered on top to create the banner with the name of the author.

Below, I used red and white striped scrapbook paper to layer behind my text frames. There are two small pockets I created for students to interact with. The first pocket is Rhyming Words from Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama Series. Students can each grab a word, and then try to find their rhyming pairs. Or if an individual student is finished early, they can grab all the words and try to match each word with their pair. There are a lot of possibilities with this.

The second pocket is a Vocabulary Pocket. This pockets contains a list of some of the more unique and difficult words in Anna Dewdney's texts. For these words, students can grab one or two words a day, and implement them into the student's daily word work. What does the word mean? Draw a picture of the word. Use it in a sentence. There are lots of great ways to implement this.

Because Anna Dewdney's text are geared more towards lower level elementary, instead of Vocabulary words you could also make a pocket for high-frequency words in her text! There are so many great things you could do.

The rest of the tri-fold is filled with lots of information including 'Who is Anna?' 'About Anna' 'Currently' 'Anna's Writing Process' 'Inspiration' 'Bibliography.' There is LOTS of information included. There are also a couple more interactive elements like you can see in the bottom of the picture below, where students can open flaps and discover more photos and information.

Lastly, one of my favorite parts about the Interactive Anna Dewdney is the 'Write Like Anna' step-by-step series I created. Students will each be given a small booklet, which is pocketed as an example inside one of the interactive flaps in the tri-fold. The booklet I printed on 4x6 index cards to post inside the tri-fold, but you can easily print it on regular 8.5x11 paper for students to write. It has a step-by-step example of how Anna's writing process occurs.

Anna Dewndey begins all her writing by an emotion / feeling. Therefore I have students select a feeling / emotion to begin writing about. Second she typically uses her well-known Llama character, but she does have other books that include a dog, pangolin and bunny. Therefore, Anna uses animal characters. So I have students select an animal main character. Then they go even further and break the story down by story elements, the setting, the characters, the problem, the solution. It's a great way to celebrate Anna Dewdney and incorporate writing!

The MAJOR thing I'm excited about the writing center including is the story elements and story sequencing. They will be asked to create a setting, character, problem and solution. They will also be prompted to follow the sequencing words, first, next, last, finally etc. There are some great writing practices in this piece!

 This whole package is added to my TPT store. What does it include? Not only will you receive step-by-step instructions on how to create pockets, dimensions of products and tips and suggestions but you will also receive:
  • Who is Anna Dewdney Cut Out
  • About Anna Dewndey Cut Out
  • Currently Cut Out
  • Inspiration Cut Out
  • Writing Process Cut Out
  • Bibliography Cut Out
  • Anna Dewdney Vocabulary Slips
  • Anna Dewdney Rhyming Slips
  • Write Like Anna Step-By-Step Series
  • Response Worksheet to Anna Dewdney's Books
  • Llama Llama Graphic Cut Outs
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do :) It will definitely help my students celebrate such a wonderful author, illustrator and mother.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Digital Clipart Giveaway!

Hello my friends! I am excited to announce that I will be doing a Digital Clipart GIVEAWAY as a launch to my new and improved Teachers Pay Teachers store. I have been working on creating Clipart in my free time down time, or what little I have! I really enjoy doing it, it's like I'm back in 9th grade creating, drawing and doodling again.

Enough with the babbling, now I will tell you WHAT you will win, and HOW you can win it!

What do you win?

 First you will win my very 1st pack of Tiny Peeps Digital Clipart pictured below. This pack has 7 unique people, with the black and white outlines included.

Next you will win my Rock & Rolling Digital Clipart Pack. This pack is SURE to rock out whatever unit you create, or coordinate with brightly colored classroom themes. This pack has (6) Unique Colored Rocker People, (6) Rocker People Black & White Outlines, (6) Brightly Colored Guitars, (6) Guitar Black & White Outlines, (4) Colored Music Notes, (1) Music Note Black & White Outline, (4) Brightly Colored Stars, and (1) Star Black & White Outline.

Next you will receive one of my favorite so far, the "Out of this World" Digital Clipart pack. This pack includes lots of fun things! It includes (6) Brightly Colored Aliens, (2) Black and White Outline Aliens, (4) Astronauts, (2) Black and White Outline Astronauts, (7) Alien Costume People, (2) Black and White Outline Alien Costume People, (4) Brightly Colored Planets, (1) Black and White Planet Outline, (4) Brightly Colored Spaceship, (1) Black and White Outline Spaceship, and (8) Matching 12x12 Digital Paper. This one is fun to spice up a Unit Plan, its colors are bold & vibrant and unique.

Lastly you will get one SURPRISE pack that will launch upon the winner announcement! The surprise pack is full of over 30 unique digital clipart images, matching backgrounds and frames!

Okay, how do you enter? 

 There are 3 different chances to enter! You can enter all 3 times (for a better chance to win) or you can enter just once. Only one winner will be drawn from all the entries.

#1 - Subscribe to my Blog: On the right hand side of the blog, there is a small box where you write in your e-mail and subscribe to the blog. (Also, comment your e-mail below in this post so I have a way to contact you individually).

#2 - Instagram: Search for my name on Instagram @thespanglishsenorita, follow me and leave a comment with your e-mail so I have a way to contact you.

#3 - Share: Share this giveaway via Instagram / Blog for the last entry. Just make sure you link my Instagram name @thespanglishsenorita and link your blog posts to my site as well!

Lastly if you are interested in keeping up to date with my future digital clipart postings make sure you head on over to my TPT and click follow!

The winner will be announced Friday July 18th at 9:00 p.m. Best of luck to all of you! I can't wait to share my work with the lucky winner.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Fictional Friday Recommendations #1

It's the FIRST week of my Literature Corner, and I can't wait to present to you my Top 7 Fiction Shares for the week! 


The Day the Crayons Quit written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers published June 27th 2013.
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Theme: Colors, Fairness
Age: 3 - 7
Quote: “I’m tired of being called ‘light brown’ or ‘dark tan’ because I am neither.” - Beige Crayon
Awards: #1 New York Times Bestseller
Languages: English
Review: This book is brilliantly written by author Drew Daywalt and contains equally brilliant illustrations by Oliver Jeffers. The book is the story about a boy named Duncan who receives a letter from his fellow crayons who decide to go on a coloring strike until he hears their rather humorous concerns. If you ask me, this is one to keep and share for years to come!

The Pigeon Needs a Bath written by Mo Willems and illustrated by Mo Willems published April 1st, 2014.
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Theme: Overcoming Fears, Hygiene
Age: 3 - 5
Quote: “Take a bath, dude!" - Fly
Language: English

Review: Pigeon may have a little fear of taking a bath... so he's been avoiding it needless to say. He's confronted by the audience, and several buzzing flies who tell him about his stinky situation. Pigeon debates with himself for a while before he discovers that well, bath time is fun enough to hang around for 10 hours! This book seriously captured my son's attention between the modern day lingo, and the beautifully captured illustrations.

Oso Quiere Contar Una Historia written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead published May 30th, 2014.
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Theme: Animals, Friendship
Age: 2 - 5
Quote: “... cuando sus amigos estaban atentos... Oso no pudo recordar la historia."
Languages: Spanish, English

Review: The story about a sweet bear who wants to tell a story before hibernation for the winter. Instead he helps his friends prepare for the Winter, and waits to tell his story until after he awakes... only problem is, it's a long winter. You'll have to check this book out to see what happens when he awakens. The illustrations of this text are simple, sweet and stunning. You can use this book to teach about animals, hibernation, and friendship to your little ones!

Santiago El Soñador - Entre Las Estrellas written by Ricky Martin and illustrated by Patricia Castelao published November 12th, 2013 (Spanish Version)
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Theme: Dreams, Careers
Age: 5 - 9
Quote: "Que a veces, cuando tratas de alcanzar la luna, puede que acabes entre las estrellas." - Ricky Martin
Languages: Spanish, English
Review: Santiago has a dream of becoming a Star Performer on stage, but when it it his turn to audition he gets a little stage fright. After failing to get the lead role, Santiago receives a little encouragement and decides he is going to do what it has to take to achieve his dreams. I won't ruin the ending for you, but this book has a great lesson that all children should understand. The images are stunning and truly bring to live the dreams of Santiago.

Que Duermas Bien, Pequeño Tren written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld and published June 30th 2014 (Spanish Version)
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Theme: Imagination, Animals
Age: 4 - 8
Quote: "En la plataforma viajan seguros, grandes animales de tiempos oscuros."
Awards: #1 New York Times Bestseller
Languages: Spanish, English
Review: Wow! The illustrations in this book are captivating. This darling book is about a steam train that pulls up to the station and one by one the train cars are filled with wonderful creatures completing silly activities that rhyme. Typically the Spanish versions of English texts are not translated so well but this one, is very well done! The ending captures your heart, and could definitely lead your classrooms in their wild imaginations.

Otis written by Loren Long and illustrated by Loren Long and published September 12th, 2013 (Spanish Edition)
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Theme: Friendship
Age: 4 - 5 Years
Quote: “Nadie necesitaba ver una bonita cinta azul para saber que esta era una ternera especial, que Otis era un tractor especial y que los dos eran amigos especiales."
Awards: #1 New York Times Bestseller
Languages: Spanish, English
Review: What a sweet story. Otis the hard-working tractor develops a friendship with a baby calf by calming him with his humming sound at night. The friendship is broken apart when the farmer replaces Otis with a brand new tractor, and Otis is tossed out behind the barn. His poor little tractor heart becomes broken as he is no longer needed until one day, his long-last pal is in need of help. Quite an adorable story that truly can teach students about the value of friendship! Long does a wonderful job using a monochromatic color scheme to focus attention on what's truly important. Although I do have to note, I believe the Spanish version is a bit more advanced to read than the English version.

Wonder written by R.J. Palacio published July 13th, 2012.
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Theme: Bullying, Empathy, Compassion, Acceptance
Age: 8 - 12
Quote: "I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives." - R.J. Palacio
Awards: #1 New York Times Bestseller, Winner of the 2013 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award for Middle Reader, Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List
Languages: English
Review: August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that has prevented him from attending a mainstream school, until the 5th grade when he and his family decide for him to attend Beecher Prep. The audience is taken along his journey of simply wanting to be treated as an ordinary kid, and experiences the struggle of being accepted. Palacio brilliantly switches characters in the books to successfully demonstrate the perspectives, and portray the different outlooks of each character toward August. I could not put this book down! Totally recommend it to teachers of young readers.

There you have it folks! That's my first #FictionalFriday Recommendations. I just started reading The One & Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate so I'm excited to share with you my review on that next Friday! Enjoy :)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Literature Reviews for Teachers

I'm SO EXCITED to share with you something I've been eager to put into place for a while now, but as most of you TEACHERS will understand... having the TIME to do so is a whole 'notha story! Haha. Now that it's Summer I feel I have the time to get this under my wings & really get it started.

Recently, I enrolled in a couple Children's Literature classes at my graduating University to receive my Elementary Certification in addition to my Secondary Certification. My professor stood in front of us, and told us we had to read 32 books in 6 weeks. I looked at her like, "WOMAN, you crazy!" Shortly after I got over the idea of reading a crazy amount of books I thought I didn't have time for, I went shopping... (bad idea). I purchased several award-winning Young Reader books, as well as Picture Books to read with my son. Guess what happened? I couldn't put them down. I finished 300 page books in one day. My son and I started reading 2 - 3 books a day! I found myself truly unraveling my LOVE for reading again! 

Now, I have always read books to my son at night, but I don't feel that my personal reading practices were modeling a love for reading for my son to follow. My Children's Literature class has definitely changed that. In that past month alone, I have read more books than the past several years combined.

That being said, I decided I wanted to implement my Children's Literature and Young Reader adoration into my blog to help other teachers truly fall in love with reading again. All it takes is a little time, a REALLY GREAT book and you will be hooked and so will your little ones. I know the minute I started showing a fascination towards reading again, my 5 year-old son who I believed was so active he could barely sit still and read a book, suddenly became passionate about reading with me!

My goal with this section of my blog is two things: each week I will have a theme or category of books I will be reading. For example, Non-Fiction, Poetry etc. I will rate the books, provide a short summary, and discuss potential ideas for using these texts in the classroom. Because I am of course a language teacher, I will be providing texts in both Spanish & English for my followers to take a look at!

After taking this class there is one things I realized... reading is truly a gift. A gift that if done right, can open your students' wonder and fascination of the world around them. It is a way to time travel, a way to teach, a way to imagine, and a way to explore. How can you expect your children to be doing these things, if you yourself (as a teacher) are not doing them? Just a little thought to ponder :)

I can't wait to share this with you, and I hope you all enjoy it.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Guided Reading Questions - Spanish and English

Hello Friends! I've been working on some ideas about how to better implement Guided Reading questions into my classroom. After trial and error, I discovered I tend to repeat the same questions and truly want to make my students actively think about the texts they are reading.

Since I'm a little Obsessive Compulsive (yes, I admit it) I like to have a list of questions in front of me that I can see, and that I know target different standards so I can practice them on a regular basis with my students. Otherwise I may continuously ask the same questions, or not touch on certain standards as often as others.

After thinking a while I came up with "Guided Reading Question Sticks." From there I went to work on putting it together creatively. I imagined an interactive Guided Reading piece where students were actively selecting a question to discuss. I then made up a list of questions that touch upon different ELA standards. For example, "What is the title of the story?" "What do you predict will happen next?" There are a total of about 30 questions, three groups of questions that are divided by color, pre-reading questions, during reading questions and post-reading questions.

From there, I designed a beautiful format that's visually pleasing (I'm a little obsessive about this as well). I printed out each question on a 4x6 plain white index card and then taped / glued it to a colored straw. You could also attach them to Popsicle sticks or whatever does the job! I placed each group of questions into their own jar and VOILA, now the students are able to randomly select a questions to discuss.


I tested it out with a few volunteers and it worked GREAT. The students were excited they got to choose Guided Reading questions and were more excited to answer them than if they were to come from me! Instead of me choosing, probing and interrogating the students about things going on in the text, more of the control was placed on the students and they had the power.

I also added a questionnaire worksheet, where students write down their answers to the questions they selected. I won't do this every time as it takes up more time in the Guided Reading Groups, but if you want to assess student's comprehension of each questions this is a more formal manner of doing so.

I really love the way this turned out. It is available on my TPT store for you to purchase! In the package is both the Spanish Questions and the English translations. If you have a different color request, or want to add an additional questions feel free to message me. I would be happy to tweak things for your needs.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy them just as much as I do :)