Transportation Means for Kindergarten

Hello and happy Saturday. Here’s another week-in-review kinda post. Today, I’m going to share with you how we worked with transportation in Kindergarten.

Now, Pinterest is my happy place, so the ideas you’re going to see today were all inspired by pins I found while planning.

Monday started with me teaching my students The Transportation Song, from Mrs. Kelly’s Klass. I used a karaoke version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star as background music.

This song gave me a lot to work with because obviously it includes many vocabulary words related to transportation. It also has the concepts near and far, which we explored with the help of some flash cards from Flash Card Fox I’d brought. Basically, I explained my boys that near means within city limits, while far means out of the city, the country, or even the planet in the case of a rocket.

I showed the boys each of the cards and they had to tell me whether each vehicle traveled near or far.

These cards also worked for the exercise I did next, which I did based on the Transportation Song as well.

You see, it is quite repetitive in the take a… part, so I tool the take a rocket to the moon bit and worked around it.

I wrote the formula I take a _________ to go to __________ and gave each boy a flash card. They have to complete the sentence using the means of transportation they got and a place. This also helped as a review exercise of the different city and neighborhood buildings.

At the end of the class we did a following instructions activity to review colors and basic vocabulary related to transportation.

I was inspired by this picture  to decorate the English whiteboard. Each boy colored a flash card from The Measured Mom, and then I cut them and made them look nice and pretty. The reason why I included “railway” as a subdivision of the land section is that, after the whole-class explanation, each boy individually developed a sorting worksheet by Preschool Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we worked on Math centers using the transportation pattern block mats by Prekinders.com you can get the plastic shapes by clicking here.

What are some other cool things you do when teaching this topic? Let me know!

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

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Paranormal Audiobook Review

Hello and happy Wednesday. David Pandolfe readers, please let me know if Streetlights Like Fireworks can actually be considered a paranormal read or if there’s a more accurate term for it. Thank you, and please keep on reading.

I feel like my audiobook game has been kinda weak lately and stories like Streetlights Like Fireworks help me get back in the game. First of all, the narrator was amazing; his voice was so calm and soothing I just wanted to stay home and listen to him read to me all day. The story itself wasn’t long, so I went through it in about two weeks or less, and it was super easy to follow.

I love the fact that the plot of the novel was so original because Jack, the main character, along with Lauren, who becomes his partner in a road trip across the United States, has this visions and this sensitivity towards paranormal stuff. They can see and feel the presence of other people and get flashbacks as if they were other people.

The fact that there’s a road trip involved was also great, and music being the basis of everything. I appreciated a lot the way Lauren and Jack’s relationship evolves throughout the story without taking the “spotlight” away from the real core of the plot. This is an original, refreshing read you’ll enjoy, especially if, like me, you have some sort of a fascination towards paranormal stuff.

By visiting davidpandolfe.com you can get the free ebook version of Streetlights Like Fireworks. If you do get it and read it, let me know what your thoughts were!

Happy Wednesday!

Love, Miss Camila

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Empties 1st Edition

Hello and happy Sunday. I’m here today to talk to you about products that I no longer use because I’ve been through them, and I’d to tell you my thoughts. Now, I have talked about all of these products in past posts (go ahead, stalk me) so I’m not going to explain them; I’m basically going to say 1: my personal experience with the product and 2: whether I’d buy it or not and why. Let’s get started.

Victoria’s Secret Starlit Wish body mist 

I got this on one of my trips to the U.S, taking advantage of one of those “buy 2, get one free” sales or whatever. I previously mentioned that this was one of the only vanilla scented mists I own, and it was pretty good. I’m into trying new fragrances when it comes to body mist, so I’m not sure whether I’d buy it again, besides, it’s been a while since I first bought it and collections are always changing.

Wet N’ Wild Under the Sheets makeup removing wipes 

My dad got me these at the Dollar Tree and I hauled them last week. If you keep the price in mind, these work just fine, but I’d spend a bit more on some, heavier duty ones. I wear a lot of makeup even when I go for more “natural” looks, and I especially wear heavy makeup on my eyes, and I feel that with these wipes I had to really take my time and make an effort, which you know is not my thing when removing makeup. I’d buy them again if I ever came across them at a Dollar Tree, but to have as a backup or for days when my makeup is minimal.

One Direction Our Moment body lotion 

I’ve already told you this in a previous post , but the Our Moment body lotion is the silkiest lotion I’ve tried. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and shiny and smelling like heaven. I was actually going to say “no, I won’t buy it again,” but I literally have no arguments to support my decision, so who knows? I love to try different stuff all the time, so maybe in a couple of years, if this line isn’t discontinued or something, I’ll get the lotion again.

Pink Chiffon body lotion by Bath and Body Works 

Okay, so for those of you who don’t know, pink is my favorite color. I genuinely love pink things, and that includes pink fragrances and lotions. Obviously, I had to have a body lotion called Pink Chiffon and I wanted to love it really badly. The thing is, this lotion smelled like you’d been wrapped in a giant marshmallow, like the sweet scent was just too much for me. And the thing is, with Bath and Body Works products I’m not really looking for hydration but for fragrance, given that on lazy days I apply body lotion and expect that to make me smell nice during the day, so it wasn’t like the other benefits counted as much for me as the scent did. I wouldn’t buy it again, nor would I buy vanilla-based products because although I still love pink, I’m moving towards other kind of fragrances now.

SugarBearHair vitamins

I’ve talked not once but twice about these vitamins, so you must know by now that I adore them and that they’ve worked for me, strengthening my hair, making it look healthier and accelerating its growth. I want to buy them again, but they’re expensive and not a priority for me at the moment, so I’ll keep them in my list and hope that someday I can purchase them again.

Covergirl Bombshell Curvaceous LashBlast mascara

I have to make a confession: I didn’t like this mascara when I first got it. It dried down on me too quickly and I hadn’t applied the second coat and it was sort of a disaster. I tried it again, though, following the directions in the box I got sent and I loved it. Granted, it’s not a mascara I wore every day, but I enjoyed it until it dried. I’d buy it again, but I think it’s on the pricier side (and I’m a cheap girl), so maybe if it were on sale one day.

Maybelline New York Volum’ Express The Colossal Spider Effect Washable Mascara

I wore this mascara twice and twice it ruined my eye look completely. I despise the wand, I don’t get how it works. My eyelashes were thick and all clumpy and they stuck out like needles after I applied it, and the last time I wore it, I just decided to throw it away and let you know that I don’t recommend this for the life of me. I got it because I saw Christen Dominique wear it in a tutorial and then my best friend told me to buy it for her when I went to the States, and so I decided to give it a try. No. No, thank you. I’d rather leave the house with naked eyelashes than have to wear that horrible thing again.

Tell me about one of your empties in the comments below!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

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4 YouTube Channels I Swear By

My Teaching Resolution (1).pngHello and happy Saturday. I’m a millennial, and that means every bit of my life is affected by technology. I am one of those teacher who fully support the use of technology for instructional purposes, especially to create links between the classroom and the home. This is why I send weekly tasks to my Pre-k and Kindergarten parents, some of which include YouTube channels to check out at home. Today I’m going to share with you four of these channels and why I love them.

Go Noodle | Get Moving 

Now, Go Noodle is a page many people know and love, but it’s not as known in Colombia as it is in the U.S. I sent my parents and invitation to join Go Noodle and some did, but I also shared the YouTube channel with them because it requires no login or anything too challenging. Videos also appear to load faster in here, so it’s pretty great, the only downside is that there’s no way of earning points.

NickSplat

Whenever I have to cover for a teacher, I play videos to my students. I adore playing NickSplat videos to my students because they take me back to my own childhood. We love watching Rugrats, Hey Arnold, The Wild Thornberrys and Rocket Power. The videos are really short, but that keeps my students focused, wanting to see more. Often with longer videos they get bored, especially because they don’t understand most of it yet. I like to play these videos because they train my students’ ears and have them listen to different accents.

Super Why Official 

I love the fact that full episodes are uploaded into this channel. This show is great for young learners because it’s easy to understand, it revolves around stories that are known by the kids, and it develops many skills related to literacy. Do you have to cover for a preschool teacher and you have no idea what to do? Super Why to the rescue!

StorylineOnline

Reading aloud is a very important part of my classes, and I encourage parents to read to their kids, but that’s not always possible; some parents don’t know English well enough to read stories to their kids, some others don’t have the time to do this. In some houses there aren’t even books in English! Thankfully, with StorylineOnline you can have the best books read to you by great actors. This is also great if you don’t have many books in your classroom because the selection is amazing.

What are some YouTube channels that as a teacher you swear by? Tell me about them!

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

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Call Me Miss Controversial

 Hello and happy Wednesday. I’m writing this post almost one whole week after finishing My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga, and I took this time because this book is not like the other ones I’ve read and I think readers should have a bit of caution when getting into it.

First of all, huge trigger warning about this book, its main characters have suicidal thoughts and the actually meet because they plan to commit suicide together. It also deals with deaths in the family, parents who are emotionally unstable, and characters who are very likely depressed although no mental health professional has made any diagnosis. If, by this, you’d like to continue reading my thoughts on this book, please do so, if not, I understand.

I sort of needed to get that trigger warning out there because I can’t imagine being in a vulnerable state, maybe even mentally ill and stumbling upon a book that might make everything worse. I consider myself lucky because I have never experienced serious issues regarding my mental health, and also because my sister studies psychology, so she’s able to explain me many things in a rational way. She would, for instance, criticize the fact that in this novel, though it’s clear that the characters are not mentally stable, they are not being assisted by a mental health professional.

Now I’m a teacher and though I know about psychology, it’s more towards the developmental side of it, and about emotional and behavioral disorders in children. Depression and suicidal thoughts are situations I’m not qualified to deal with and also I only understand them in a superficial level, and I think it’s important to acknowledge that fact, that we don’t know everything about a topic, and that we don’t always have the last word in a subject.

I’m saying this, and here’s where I get controversial, because I’ve noticed people over Twitter hating on a new book every week because it’s this or that and because it is offensive and whatever. The thing is, these people talk with such rage about the books that I feel like they’re sort of forbidding their followers to read a certain book, and that’s just plain ridiculous, in my opinion. Yes, I agree, there are books that are purposefully offensive and those shouldn’t be read, but there are others that are okay, unless we look at them through a microscope and dissect every tiny detail.

While reading My Heart and Other Black Holes I kept thinking “Twitter’s not going to like this” and “oh, crap, is this offensive?” and although I asked myself those questions, the truth is I loved the book and I think I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads. Of course, I didn’t agree on every single thing that happened, and there was this idea (a major spoiler, so you’ll have to read the book and find out for yourself what it is) that annoyed me because in a way it disregarded the importance of therapy and being evaluated by a psychologist or psychiatrist, but I didn’t just throw the book in the air yelling “you shouldn’t read this because it’s offensive.”

I’m really glad to have read this controversial book because I had this thought for a while and I can finally post about it. Personally, I’m all for diverse books, of course, but I’ve also read books that are not diverse and will continue to do so. I’ve read books that try to be inclusive and fail miserably, and I’ve read books, like My Heart and Other Black Holes, that could do better at addressing mental health issues. I’ve hated books and ranted about them, and I’ve been guilty of saying “I don’t think anyone deserves to read this because it sucks,” but I also feel that some readers out there need to relax and to stop “censoring” their readers.

If you met me in real life, you’d know I’m aggressive-aggressive. I’m a big girl and I talk loud because most of the time I forget in normal circumstances I shouldn’t use my teacher voice. And I’m very opinionated. There are books, like the Harry Potter series that I love and defend with the passion of one thousand burning suns, there are books I’ve read and didn’t like but I don’t make a fuss about like the Fifty Shades series, and there are books that I’d only read if I got paid good money, basically all the classics. I’m not going to get into an argument with you, though if you read and liked or didn’t like a book. I won’t give you shit for it and I’m not going to think any less of you. Then again, there are some books that are the obvious exception, but I wouldn’t hang out with you if you read those.

Basically, this post, besides being a mini review of My Heart and Other Black Holes is meant for me to tell you that I’m going to read and review what I want. If I read anything that has any sort of trigger, I’ll add the warnings, don’t worry about that, but I’m not going to censor my reads; I feel part of being a reader is being able to go through books we didn’t like for some reason and expressing our thoughts in a rational way.

Now tell me, what are your thoughts on controversial reads?

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

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New Stuff Haul + Review

Hello and happy Sunday. My dad is the coolest ever and got me a bunch of stuff a while ago from a trip he went on with his wife to Washington D.C, and I thought it would be fun to tell you about everything I go, so let’s get started!

First and foremost let me clarify two things: 1. There are two edible items which I won’t review, and 2. Only one item wasn’t bought at the Dollar Tree, so I’ll leave that for the end.

Now, let’s start with the gorgeous eye shadow palette. It is by Almar Sales and the name of this palette is Touch of Rose. I absolutely love the colors and the pigmentation. The only thing I don’t like is that all the shades are shimmery, so I had to use shades from another palette for the transition colors. Then we have the L.A Colors Liquid Makeup, which is a foundation, and I actually thought it would be darker and was sort of worried about it, but turns out it’s the perfect shade for my skin. It didn’t give me much coverage, but you know I don’t go for full-coverage foundations. I’m currently using this on an everyday basis and I’m loving it.

My dad also got me two packs of makeup removing wipes because he knows I wear a ton of makeup and I need to take it all off at night. I got one from Wet N’ Wild and the other one has no brand. I’ll be reviewing them when I do my “empties” post, so stay tuned. We can also see a Sassy + Chic nail buffer, which I gave to my mom because I don’t use those tools for my nails. Next to the buffer there’s this hair towel, which I used once, and even though it did dry my hair, it took me the longest time to put it right, and I don’t think it’s worth that much effort.

An item that really surprised me because it is long lasting and super pigmented is the L.A Colors liquid eyeliner. I still don’t consider myself an expert when applying liquid eyeliner, so handling the wand is a bit trickier for me than it’d be were I using a pen eyeliner, but it is a really great product. I also got a lip balm from Rimmel and we all know how essential lip balm is. Finally, I got a dry shampoo, which I can tell you right here right now doesn’t work. I’m not a fan of dry shampoo but gave this a try because it was a present and my hair was disgusting, but it was very disappointing. I know this is a $1 product, so I shouldn’t have had high expectations, but aside from it not working it had a horrible smell and left white powder-like spots on my head.

Let’s finish with the amazing Oscar by Oscar de la Renta eau de toilette. Now, I usually go for more floral, citrus-y fragrances and this doesn’t quite fit into those categories. It is, however, a very fresh and classy perfume that stays with me all day long. I like it because it makes me smell like a grownup, and at the age of 23 I need to have a perfume that says “I’m a responsible adult.” I’ve loved this perfume more than I thought I would and have gotten a lot of compliments for it.

Now tell me, what is the last thing someone has gotten you from a trip?

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

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My Classroom Jams

My Teaching Resolution.pngHello and happy Saturday, my name is Camila and I love playing music in class. A few weeks ago I played One Direction and Jonas Brothers to my pre-k boys and they were so very excited. I know they’re little kids, and I do have some restrictions as to what kind of music I play, but by no means am I going to play nursery rhymes in class; that would only make me go more insane by the minute.

I have a Spotify playlist I update regularly called Classroom Jams. Sometimes I take my wireless speaker and play music to my boys, but most of the times, I use the YouTube app in the smart T.V in each classroom. I love contemporary songs, but let’s face it, some of the lyrics are absolutely horrible, and even if my boys don’t really understand the lyrics, I don’t want them to listen to ugly songs, so I do have strict filters as to what goes in the playlist or what is played in my classroom.

One clear condition for a song to be included in the playlist is that it shouldn’t be about drugs, sex, or have curse words because children are quick to pick up on these, even if they sometimes forget the names of the colors. There are many great songs by famous artists that don’t include this stuff, so they make it to the playlist.

Songs that were featured in children’s movies are always a safe choice, like Better When I’m Dancing by Megan Trainor, Happy by Pharrell Williams, Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake, or Sing by Pentatonix.

There are some songs I love, but they have ONE curse word and that ruins them for me, so I often look for cover versions of them. About 90% or more of the songs Pentatonix covers do not include curse words, and my boys go crazy for them. Megan Nicole also does “clean” versions of famous songs, and she has a lovely voice. I have some songs from the Glee cast and from Pitch Perfect and they don’t have any curse words, so that can be a good choice for you, too, although you’ll have to go through a thorough selection process for the latter because I’m not sure all the songs are “clean”.

Koo Koo Kangaroo is absolutely fantastic. Their songs have the craziest lyrics, and my kids have a special love for Dinosaur Stomp. I love them because I’m almost 100% sure their songs are made for children, at least some of them. I mean, they’re featured in Go Noodle. Another band (I’m not sure if it’s a band, but okay) you should check out Kidz Bop Kids because they take the most famous songs of the moment and make them child-appropriate.

These bands aren’t in my classroom playlist, but I love them and I often play them for my students. I’m talking about Rend Collective and I Am They. Now these bands play adoration songs, so if you’re not into that, you may not want to check them out. These songs are upbeat and definitely child-appropriate. They’re also really easy to learn, so my students often ask me to play them.

My Spotify playlist currently has 75 songs, but I’m always looking for new ones to add. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

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The Movie Was…Weird? Charlie St. Cloud Edition

Hello and happy Wednesday. I’m on a mission to read all of the books I’m “currently reading” according to Goodreads. One of these books was The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood, which surprised me because I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. I originally started this book because I was planning on doing a book-to-movie adaptation month in my old blog, but we all know what happened with those plans. Still, I read the book and watched the movie, so today I can write an edition of “the movie was better.”

I understand why some people might not like this story, especially if they’re not into books that are based around a religion or faith in general. Some people don’t like that, and it’s totally respectable. I’m not religious but I’m super spiritual and I love G-D with every fiber of my being, and whoever knows me knows that about me, so I enjoyed that element of faith in the book. The movie has less of that and those moments when G-D or religion was mentioned were incredibly cheesy, in my opinion.

Another aspect that I didn’t like in the movie and that was one of those things that made me love the book was the way Tess, Charlie’s love interest, was portrayed. In the book, at least from what I felt, Tess was you typical strong independent woman who needed no man. If I’m exaggerating this or maybe you didn’t think of her that way when reading the book, tell me. Movie Tess, however, seemed like this needy, childish girl who’s had a crush on Charlie since they were in high school and can finally be with him. Annoying, if you ask me.

Charlie’s and Tess’s relationship in the book, though super cheesy at times, was one that I liked reading about. They talked about things they liked and they made plans, and they got to know each other. In the movie, everything between Charlie and Tess moved horribly fast and somehow the whole plot seemed to revolve around their relationship, which I feel wasn’t really the point of the book. Besides, the fact that in the book they hadn’t met before makes the story more original, whereas Tess’s little lip-biting scene when Charlie goes to pick up his high school diploma (five years before they become an item) made me roll my eyes really hard.

The final point I’m going to make is the one that I think bothered me the most, and it may be because I’m a teacher and I see children as beings full of love and potential. Book Sam (Sam is Charlie’s brother, who dies at the very beginning of the story), is this sweet eleven year old boy who loves his brother and even in death is a very happy child, if that makes any sense. Movie Sam, even when he was alive, is this bitter boy who’s always talking to Charlie in a recriminating way and making him feel guilty all the time, and that made his whole relationship with his older brother to be portrayed differently, and sort of ruined that aspect of the story for me when it was adapted.

Now I’d like you to tell me, which book-to-movie adaptations should I be checking out?

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

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My Journey to Healthy Living: 2.5 Month Update

Announcement (2).pngHello and happy Sunday. I recently had an appointment with my nutritionist to check on my process, given that it’s been almost three months since I first went to see her.

Right when I got in she told me she was impressed because the changes my body has been undergoing are noticeable, and that, of course, made me super happy. I look at myself every morning in the mirror, but by doing so I might not be very aware of changes people who see me less often can notice.

I did lose weight, albeit less than what I had during my first month, which is normal because the body starts getting used to the dieting and exercise. It makes total sense, too, because I gained muscle mass, and muscle is heavier than fat. What my nutritionist explained to me is that when you gain muscle you’re allowed to weight more, and so what that means to me is that I have to “drop” less weight than what she’d originally told me.

My goal has always been, rather than being skinny, to be toned and for my muscles to be hard and strong. That might not be everyone’s goal, but given my height and the fact that I exercise regularly it is mine. For this, and given the awesome proportion between muscle mass gain and weight loss, I’m keeping my diet as it is but I’ve increased the intensity of my workouts. I’ll be publishing a post soon about my workout regime, so be sure to check it out.

The other significant change I’ve had to make after this check-in is taking these pills, along with my B-Complex vitamins, that help my body eliminate the fat, hence improving water absorption and my health in general. She told me to take these pills (although technically they are not medicine and don’t need prescription) because, unfortunately my abdominal area is still a bit problematic and I need to get rid of the fat stored there.

Have you made any changes or resolutions to have a healthier life? Tell me about them!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

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How I Teach Body Parts & Grammar

Hello and happy Saturday. Today I’ll be telling you all about how I taught body parts to my Kinder boys. Now, they know the basics (everything included in the head, shoulders, knees, and toes song), so my challenge was to introduce them to vocabulary related to other body parts, and try to combine that with simple, everyday grammar structures.

On Monday I have two classes with Kindergarten, so I wrote the agenda on the board. The activities I’m going to show and describe were intended for those two hours of class. Instead, we spent the whole week working on them (which meant less planning for me).

We started with hokey pokey, and through that song we were also able to review position words such as in and out. We sang and danced to it once, and then I made a contest in which every time a new body part was introduced, the boys had to point to it. Those who were right got a happy point. This activity took me the whole first class, but it was a great way to get them started on the vocabulary and also to introduce left and right.

During the next class we also played a game using a practice video. I played it once, and again I stopped every time a body part was named and had children point at their own bodies. Then I wrote on the board IS THIS YOUR…? Yes, it is. and No, it’s not. 

The idea of the game was to have students call one of their classmates, ask them a question, following the video’s pattern, throw them a foam ball and then have the recipient of the ball answer using the formula I wrote on the board.

On Tuesday, we worked on yet another grammar structure, using the song Body Parts by Brendan Parker. We obviously sang and danced to the song repeatedly, and the boys loved it and learned it by heart. Then I wrote on the board: I have; I have one; I have two; and I have ten. The boys named body parts according to each variation. I’m not sure if you can see clearly but by this point they were able to name more specific body parts like eyelashes or eyebrows.

On our following class we worked on drawing the parts of the body. I first explained to them the terms front and back. We used this Body Parts Song ; so I basically paused when a new part was named and added it to the drawing I was making on the board. We were each drawing ourselves, so first we drew the front and then the back, labeling each part.

As you can see, I use a lot of videos and model everything on the board because my boys are beginning to read and write in English. Is there anything you do in your classroom when teaching this topic? Let me know!

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

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