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About: Kelly A. Serrano

Kelly was born and raised in Ecuador, South America and moved to the United States when she was 18. While she obtained a bachelor degree in business administration and later worked in the private sector for a few years, deep inside she always knew she wanted to be a teacher. Kelly returned to school and obtained both teaching credentials and a master degree in education - she has not looked back ever since (well...a couple of times). Kelly's teaching journey has taken her many places over the last seven years, and this year she's moving to a dual-language school, which is the main reason she decided to start her own blog and create her own bilingual teaching resources.

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A Healthy Twist on Classroom Celebrations

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  Classroom celebrations are fun and children really love them (teachers…well they can be chaotic!). Often, whether birthdays or any other special occasion, these celebrations can be the ‘perfect’ excuse to bring not-so-healthy choices to students. Many school districts have strict guidelines as to what can be brought to classrooms (store-bought only, no nuts, etc.), other districts and/or schools can be more lenient as to what can be shared. However, one thing tends to remain constant: sugar. Fortunately, classroom celebrationsRead More ...

Bilingual Storybook: Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash by Monica Brown

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BOOK DESCRIPTION/REVIEW How does cereal with orange juice or a pretzel covered cake sound? Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash (Marisol McDonald y la fiesta sin igual in Spanish) is the story about a unique little girl named Marisol McDonald, her unusual birthday, and her doting love for Abuelita. When Marisol’s birthday approaches, she wants nothing more than to have abuelita by her side. Unfortunately, Marisol’s grandma is all the way in Peru and bringing her to the United StatesRead More ...

5 Great Bilingual and Spanish Holiday Books for the Entire Family

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Every time I come across and/or find great bilingual or Spanish literature; I feel is my duty to share it with all of you. Some of the titles I am informing you on this post you may already be familiar with, but it is never a bad idea to refresh our memory and re-read them. Some are classics, while others are just too amazing to pass. What I love about many of the books I am sharing with you inRead More ...

4 Tips From La Maestra to Help Bilingual Children ‘Think More’ as They Read

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In a dual-language program (whether 50/50 or 90/10), one of the goals is for children to learn to proficiently read and write in both languages. Coming from an English-only classroom, every year I had some students who had difficulty with fluency and speed (how many words per minute they could read). I knew that if they were spending too much time trying to decode words, there was going to be little or no comprehension. Why? Your brain cannot spend aRead More ...

The Importance of Reading Aloud to Children of Any Age and In Any Language

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I hear it over and over again; “I just stopped reading to my child once he/she got older.” The truth is, as children grow and learn to become independent readers, parents often step aside. Do not get me wrong, independent reading is marvelous and many people (myself included) love getting lost in a book. However, I love to hear a great story; I actually enjoy when parents come to read to my class because I get to be a listenerRead More ...

How Much School Pressure is Too Much On Young Children?

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Report cards are done which indicates that I am officially ready for parent-teacher conferences. If you still have not yet met with your child’s teacher, I suggest you take a look at a previous post of mine (full of tips to make sure you have a great conference). While I have to admit that the past two weeks have been crazy busy, this week’s post is not about conferences, or teaching, but rather about your child and another observation/realization IRead More ...

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