2019 Printable Calendar in Spanish

2019 Printable Calendar in Spanish

Inside: Calendario para imprimir 2019 / printable 2019 calendar in Spanish, plus bilingual chore cards for kids. 

Ready or not, 2019 is here! I’ve got some fun printables to kick off the new year, and get organized. I have a few more coming, too– I didn’t manage to squeeze everything in yet, so keep an eye out for some additions to this post later in the week.

 

Calendarios Para Imprimir 2019

 

Calendario verde y azul 2019 

 

Here are some weekly planning sheets to help organize your week with intention:

 

 

 

 

One of my goals this year is getting my kids (4 an 6) into a better routine with chores, and with more independence in their own daily routines. I made these little bilingual chore chards for them, and thought you might be able to use them too. I tried to stay neutral with the phrasing since these terms can vary across Spanish-speaking countries!

For parents learning Spanish along with their kids, having these cards around can also be a handy way to work Spanish into your daily routines. These cards all start with a verb, and for most of them you can simply put a key phrase in front:

Vamos a…. (Let’s… or We’re going to…)

Tienes que… (You have to…)

Necesitas… (You need too…)

For the verbs that end with “se,” you’ll need to change it to “te” when speaking to your child. To use the card that says “lavarse la boca,” for example, you would say “Tienes que lavarte la boca.”

**Please note– the chore cards have a few repetitions, for things that you might do both morning and night.**

 

 

Chore cards in Spanish

Chore cards in English 

 

 

Hope these are helpful to you as you get into a routine for 2019!

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Carta a Los Reyes Magos: Free Printable and Activities

Carta a Los Reyes Magos: Free Printable and Activities

Inside: Printable Carta a Los Reyes Magos, and resources for teaching about Los Tres Reyes.

While children in the U.S. and other countries are busy writing to Santa, other children are addressing their letters to Los Reyes Magos: the three wisemen who visited baby Jesus. They’ll leave their shoes out, along with straw and water, and wake up the next morning expecting a gift. Where is this tradition from, and what does it involve?

 

Los Reyes Magos

 

The story of three kings visiting the Christ child stretches back 2,000 years. According to the gospel of Matthew, several Magi from the East made the journey to bring the newborn king three royal gifts– gold, frankincense, and myrrh– following a strange star that had appeared in the sky. 

Since then, Western Church tradition has recorded them as Balthasar (king of Arabia), Melchior (king of Persia), and Gaspar (king of India). Catholic traditions such as those in Spain use these names, though Syrian and Eastern churches record other names.

 

Reyes Magos

 

Many Christians celebrate Los Reyes Magos on Epiphany, the twelfth day of Christmas, which falls on January 6th. Many families in the Spanish-speaking world leave their Christmas tree up until Epiphany, and have the tradition of children receiving gifts that day. January 5th is a day of parades, in which the Three Kings are reenacted as the Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos, throwing sweets to people watching in the streets.

In many places, children write letters to the Tres Reyes Magos in anticipation of Epiphany. The night of January 5th, they leave their shoes by the fireplace, doors, or windows. Many families leave food for the Magi, as well as straw and water for the camels, or a box of greens. During the night, the Magi will travel the world and leave gifts. When kids wake up in the morning, they find presents (sometimes wrapped, sometimes candy or money) where they left their shoes. Sometimes they also find that the food has been nibbled at, or even disappeared!

 

Roscón de Reyes

 

In some parts of the world (including Spain and Mexico), families eat a ring-shaped cake with candied fruit on top, and sometimes cream in the middle. The fruit represents the jewels from the Reyes Magos, and inside are two hidden objects: a faba bean, and figurine (in some parts, it’s a king, or Magi, in others it’s a different figure). The person who find the figurine in their slice gets crowned king or queen of the day. The unlucky person who gets the bean has to pay for the roscón!

Roscón de Reyes

 

 

Activities for Los Reyes Magos

 

To learn more about the traditions surrounding the Reyes Magos, I’ve got a round-up of resources below, to help you teach about them in the classroom or at home.

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Books About Día de Los Reyes

 

Here are some suggestions for learning about the Reyes Magos through picture books in Spanish. Remember that if you are working with Spanish learners and the text is too advanced, you can do a “book talk”– simply narrating the text in more comprehensible language. 

Cartas
a Los Reyes Magos

 

If you’d like to write a letter to the Reyes Magos, I’ve got some fun templates for different ages and learners. They include editable versions, so you can adjust to the proficiency levels of your students. Click here or on the image to download the set!

If you have students who can learn about religion in the context of culture, but feel uncomfortable “participating” in a religious holiday with something like a letter, the set includes a more neutral reflection on the past year for older students. 

Carta a Los Reyes Magos

Crafts and Ideas

 

Preschool/Elementary:

 

Make Paper Shoes for Three Kings’ Day from Mundo de Pepita

Slideshare Presentation on Los Reyes Magos

Mini-Bundle on The Three Kings in Spanish from Monarca Language

 

Middle/High School:

 

Video and Text on Los Reyes Magos from Si Quieres Aprender

 

Intermediate Article in Spanish about Los Tres Reyes Magos from Veinte Mundos

Presentation, Games, and Activities Based on Reyes Magos Video from Elena Lopez

Cultural Activities: El Día de los Reyes Magos reading and game from the Comprehensible Classroom

Reading Activities Using Tweets about Los Reyes Magos from For the Love of Spanish

 
 
Sudoku on Día de Reyes from Comprendes Mendez SpanishShop
 

Infographs

 

Try this adorable and comprehensible infograph from Mundo de Pepita, perfect for a younger crowd, or these options:

Credit: Horacero

Credit: Notimex

Videos

 

Here are some videos that show different traditions and the story behind the Magi, for different ages and proficiency levels.

 

Cute & quick silent video showing a children leaving his shoes out:

 

Dora salva el día de los Reyes Magos:

 

Comprehensible news clip on Los Tres Reyes (heads up that one of the kings uses blackface to represent one king–this is a controversial practice that people are now bringing attention to, and I would at least discuss it):

 

News clip on Día de Los Reyes, with lots of interviews with kids:

 

Spanish family explains the differences between celebrations in the US and Spain:

 

Video showing a family’s preparations in Puerto Rico:

 

How Julie from Mundo de Pepita introduces Los Reyes Magos to her elementary students:

 

“La Otra Carta,” a sweet commercial about kids writing letters to the three kings:

 

Traditional song “Llegaron Ya Los Reyes Tres” with traditional Andean Music:

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Spanish Speaking Countries Flags and Free Printable Banner

Spanish Speaking Countries Flags and Free Printable Banner

Inside: Spanish speaking countries flags (free printable banner). 

 

For Hispanic Heritage month, lots of people are looking for decorations. How about a string of flags from Spanish-speaking countries? I’ve created a little free printable that you can grab and put up in no time. These would be perfect for a bulletin board or to hang from a table or mantle. 

 

 

 

Spanish Speaking Countries Flags

Included are all 21 Hispanic countries, plus the United States in case anyone wants to use it (the U.S. has the second largest population of Spanish speakers in the world!). I simple cut them out, punched holes, and string them up with string. 

You’ll notice these are representations of each flag, and vary a tiny bit from the originals. 

 

Grab your free printable here! 

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Spanish Valentine’s Day Cards: Free Printables for Día del amor

Spanish Valentine’s Day Cards: Free Printables for Día del amor

 

Inside: Free printable Spanish Valentine’s Day cards for the home or classroom.

Looking for printables for Día de San Valentín? Today I’ve got a set of sweet cards for you that are totally free! Just download, print, and go. 

These cards are great for personal use or for the classroom. Some are classic Latin-romantic (mi media naranja, para mi amorcito), and some are more generic, for use between friends or between parents a kids (para mi osito, te quiero mucho). I recommend printing on cardstock. 

(Looking for a huge list of ideas? Try my post on Valentine’s Day activities for the Spanish classroom.)

 

free valentine's day cards in Spanish

 

Many of you will be using these cards at home (and are already fluent speakers!). If you’re using them in the classroom with Spanish learners, here are a few tips on how to make the most of this activity. (As a new teacher, I often “wasted” a class period on holiday-themed activities. I didn’t understand the importance of input, and would have just hoped some of the new holiday vocab would stick after using it in a card.)

 

Tips for making cards with Spanish learners:

 

 

  • Tell a story, or use an #authres to give input on letter-writing phrases. 

    Something like the video Querido Tommy would be just right for spending some time on language used in personal letters. You’ll hear reps of common phrases like querido, carta, te escribo para decirte…. You can also lower the volume or pause to narrate the story that’s shown in the video. Spend plenty of time on this. 

 

 

 

  • Don’t just hand out the cards and let the students loose. They’ll want to use lots of language they don’t know in Spanish, and you’ll be writing everything on the board or copying things willy-nilly from dictionaries. Instead, brainstorm ways to express some common sentiments using language they know. The day before, perhaps, write a card in Spanish and give it to them as a reading. 

 

  • Another idea: use the song video for Robarte un beso. There are four sets of people from each video. Write a card (using language on the level your class needs), from the person in each of the couples in the song, leaving out names. Hand them out as readings, and read individually or as a class. Then, watch the video. Let the students match each card to the couples in the video. 

 

 

  • Most classes won’t be ready to write a full card on their own, or it won’t be useful to their acquisition. Consider providing an outline, or supplying phrases where they only provide a word or two to personalize it. If you used the song Querido Tommy, give “te escribo para decirte que eres ______” as a model, so they only have to supply or two words. Think of simple language like “te quiero porque me ________,”  or “Eres muy especial para mi porque eres _________.”

 

  • Another option would be to write the person’s name inside the card, vertically, and write a word for that person that starts with each letter of their name.

 

  • For more advanced classes, provide the lyrics to a song and do blackout poetry. The students use a marker to cover (blackout) the parts they don’t need. The words that are left form the new poem, and this is the text of the card. Just make sure to use something fairly simple!

 

(I got so excited about using Querido Tommy and Robarte un beso that I created a whole lesson using those to teach letter-writing. See below!!)  And while you’re writing your cards, you might want to use my Valentine’s playlists in the background:

 

 

In case you are a teacher or a parent with kids who like to color, I also have a set for sale (just $1.50!) on Teachers pay Teachers, which you can find below. With those cards, you can color the words and pictures. Hope these help you celebrate Día del amor y la amistad  in Spanish!

 

Spanish Valentine’s Day Cards

 

 

 

 

 

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Spanish Valentine’s Day Inspiration: Bulletins Boards and More!

Spanish Valentine’s Day Inspiration: Bulletins Boards and More!

Inside: Spanish Valentine’s Day bulletin boards and decor: inspiration for decorating your Spanish classroom in February.

I have a confession. Last year, I made my bulletins board in August. And there they sat, all year. I didn’t switch them out once. 

The world did not end, and my students learned plenty of Spanish. But there’s still something feel-good about changing the scene, freshening up the room, and drawing attention to new language.

If you are low on time, no worries! I’ve got some easy ideas for decorations as Valentine’s day rolls around this year. And just in February– when winter is dragging on– some red and pink really brightens thing up.

If you ended up here looking for Spanish Valentine’s Day printables, see my huge post on Valentine’s Day in Spanish class or at home: printables and activities!

Spanish Valentine’s Day Bulletin Boards

Let’s start off with a tour of some fun bulletin boards! (Click on the name or image to visit the original creator.)

1. El amor está en el aire – Mis Clases Locas

How eye-catching is this one? And Allison made sure to laminate everything, so it can be re-used from year to year. Especially with the banners that hang on a string, bringing this out every February would be a snap.

2. A Whole Llama Love – Gloria Dempsey

I saw Gloria’s post in a Spanish teacher’s group and fell in love with it. How could you not? I think she used the hearts below from Living Mi Vida Loca, which are free printables.

llama bulletin board

I loved this one so much I went back and made the phrase “A WHOLE LLAMA LOVE into a free printable you can download right here. I freehanded the llamas, but I have a free llama picture file if you want to project them on the board so they’re large enough to trace.

a whole llama love bulletin board

3. More amor en el aire – Señora Rowe

I love the glittery spin Señora Rowe put on this board!

4. Collage board – Spanish Mama

This is about as low-prep as they come! Just print onto whatever paper color you like, mix and match, and done! Tomorrow I will be linking to the files to make this– there are a bunch of options to choose from!

Spanish valentine's day bulletin board

5. Kid World Citizen

If you ever create bulletin boards or displays in a common area in school, this is great idea. You could collect from different classrooms too!

valentine's decor in Spanish

6. El amor abre todas las puertas – Sra. Davila-Madwid

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7. Candy Heart – Srta. Spanish

Another variation on the conversation hearts theme, this time with a way for students to add their ideas. Love it!

8. Hearts Board – @missteachercadet

This is so sweet and simple enough that you could have one of your classes do the hears themselves! It also doubles as a handy vocabulary reference throughout the month.

Spanish Valentine’s Day Decor Freebies

 

1. Hearts Banner – Living Mi Vida Loca

 

This is the free printable the internet has been going nuts over. Print onto colored paper, string together and go!

 

 

2. Terms of Endearment- Spanish Mama

 

We all know terms of endearment are huge in Latino culture, right? Bust them out in February with this list I made. If you go to the post, the download also includes an ink-friendly version with a lighter background.

         

 

 

Spanish Valentine’s Day Decor to Buy

 

1. Poster – Señora Lee

I love this idea because it works for people like me– who aren’t switching out our bulletin boards every month! She suggest simply buying a dollar store frame, and switching out the posters as needed. So nice, because you can save everything from year to year.
valentine's decor in Spanish

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2. Valentine’s Banner Decorations – Mundo de Pepita

Here are some darling decorations that provide comprehensible language too. In four different languages, terms of endearment are presented in the shape they refer to (media naranja, for example). I love anything watercolor, and these are so pretty!

mundo de pepita decor

 

3. Poems from The Engaged Spanish Classroom

These adorable poems are easy enough for even novice learners to do. When they are done, you could put them up as a decoration, too, to display student work and add a splash of Valentine’s color to the room.

poems

Do you have a bulletin board or decor that you’d like to add? Leave your idea or link in the comments below!

Like it? Pint it!

Spanish Valentine's Day Bulletin Boards

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Cinco Monitos Song Lyrics and Free Printable

Cinco Monitos Song Lyrics and Free Printable

Inside: Lyrics and activities for the song Cinco monitos.

Cinco monitos– Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed– is a fun song for little (or bigger!) Spanish learners. Use it to teach numbers 1-5, and beginning phrases like la cama, no más, la cabeza, and se cayó. 

cinco monitos letras y titeres

 

If you are looking for songs in general, you might like my lists of Nursery Rhymes in Spanish, Spanish Lullabies, or general Songs in Spanish for kids. These Cinco monitos materials are also part of my lesson on numbers for Prek-2nd grade. 

 

Cinco monitos: Lyrics / Letras

 

You’ll find a variety of lyrics for this song. Our personal favorite is the version sung by Toobys, so these lyrics are from that version. (The printable lyrics are available in the download below.)

Cinco monitos saltando en la cama,
Uno cayó al piso y la cabeza se golpeó,
Mamá llamó al doctor y el doctor la consejó,
-¡Ya no más monos saltando en la cama!

Cuatro monitos saltando en la cama,
Uno cayó al piso y la cabeza se golpeó,
Mamá llamó al doctor y el doctor la consejó,
-¡Ya no más monos saltando en la cama!

Tres monitos saltando en la cama,
Uno cayó al piso y la cabeza se golpeó,
Mamá llamó al doctor y el doctor la consejó,
-¡Ya no más monos saltando en la cama!

Dos monitos saltando en la cama,
Uno cayó al piso y la cabeza se golpeó,
Mamá llamó al doctor y el doctor la consejó,
-¡Ya no más monos saltando en la cama!

Un monito saltando en la cama,
Uno cayó al piso y la cabeza se golpeó,
Mamá llamó al doctor y el doctor la consejó,
-¡Ya no más monos saltando en la cama!

 

Here’s the song on YouTube:

 

Cinco monitos: Activities / Actividades

 

This song can be a fun one to act out! Print the five little monkeys finger puppets, or glue the monkeys onto popsicle sticks, and cut out the bed image. 

 

 

cinco monitos actividades

Here are more videos of los Cinco monitos. You’ll see here just how many different ways there are to sing it:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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