Saturday, June 30, 2012

I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted!  Life is crazy busy, the end of our year had some challenges and I was pretty stressed!  Thankful for my returning team members and the three new girls who are brave enough to head down this Dual Language path with us next year!  We are going to ROCK!
I am spending my Summer writing IPG's (instructional planning guides) for our district and that is keeping quite busy as well.  While doing this, I am creating more items for my TPT store.
Pictionaries are a new thing I am working on!  Pictionaries are literally "picture dictionaries" that I create for the units we teach.  Being a dual language teacher, and a monolingual teacher for many years, I was always trying to find new ways to engage my children more in writing.  Some children take risks easily, while others worry that their writing isn't like ours, and they seem paralyzed to get going.  Through the use of the pictionaries I created this past year, I noticed that both my  native English and native Spanish students were more engaged and writing more, creating stories, and rhymes with less stress!  This gave them the vocabulary they needed and how to spell the words that were central to their writing.  I believe it is a good support tool for emergent writers, just like learning sight vocabulary is good for emergent readers.
I have posted My Farm Pictionary, and Spooky Fun Pictionary on my TPT store!  Check them out...there will be many more to come!


  1. Hi there Diane, I found your blog through The Second Grade Super Kids. I'm so happy to find another bilingual teacher blog. Stop by mine when you get a chance!
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