5th grade and TWITTER

The 5th grade Spanish class has been learning how to use Twitter in the classroom since last Friday.  I let the students take over during class today. They each made a project with an iPad app called Educreations. After creating their project they each tweeted their completed lesson they created using the app.  Each student even learned the proper hashtag to use along with their tweet.

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6th, 7th and 8th grade blogs

The middle school students have posted some really impressive work lately to our individual student blogs.  Please take a moment to check our work.  We always post in both Spanish and English.

Our most recent posts are digital Valentine’s Day cards in Spanish full of compliments and kind words written to one another. Use the Blog Directory on the right or left side of the screen to find your child’s name.  Email Señora B lbeversdorf@bannockburnschool.org if you’re not sure how to use the blog or if you are not sure of your child’s Spanish name.

Here are the links to our blogs:

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GUAPO-one of middle schoolers FAV songs!

Thanks to Señor Wooly (James Wooldridge), I am able to get MIDDLE SCHOOL students interested, excited and engaged when it comes to learning Spanish grammar. His music videos, songs and games on his website are some of my students favorites!

We love his stuff SO much that we recreate his music videos using an iPad app called Video Star.

Here is Señor Wooly’s hilarious music video, as well as the song with English translation.

GUAPO VIDEO

GUAPO SONG

Now here is the 8th graders version!

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DUOLINGO-Best language app I’ve used so far!

I’ve tried many different language applications on the iPads with all different age groups K-8.  This one is by far the best so far! http://www.duolingo.com/

AND IT IS FREE! You can try Spanish, Italian, German, French and Portuguese.  So far it is a hit with 3rd-8th grade.

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Greatest Message I Can Offer

Thank you Kid President!  4 minutes of my life well spent!  Great message!  I can’t wait to share with my students.  We are glad you are here…

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3rd grade-Yoga poses, animal sounds, likes and dislikes

The 3rd grade Spanish class learned how to say speaks (habla) and says (dice).  We also learned how to say wants to go (quiere ir). We learned a bit of geography and talked about all the places we’d like to go and met some Spanish-speaking, French-speaking and German-speaking dogs in this unit.  You can meet those friends we created together using the links below. We talked about some of the different languages spoken in the world and took some digital field trips there using Google Earth.

Chica-our Mexican friend

Loco-our other Mexican friend

Star-our American friend

Spot-our other American friend

Fritz-our German friend

Fifi-our French friend

Pongo-our British friend

After this unit, we learned that not only do human beings speak different languages throughout the world, but so do animals!  We learned how different animals speak in Spanish and some of our Korean classmates shared the different sounds that animals make in Korean.

I am also a certified yoga instructor so we included some corresponding yoga poses that went along with our animals in Spanish.  We talked about our likes and dislikes as well in this unit.

Please enjoy this video below where we each show off our yoga poses, animals sounds and share which animal/yoga pose we like best.

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I just made a new Voki. See it here:

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KIVA-We lent our money-8th

THANKS TO THE AWESOME MRS. HUGHES, THE 8TH GRADERS AND I WERE ABLE TO LEND OUR MONEY TO TWO PEOPLE IN BOLIVIA TODAY IN CLASS.

Below are the people we all chose together…

Esteban

Esteban, 30, lives in a common-law marriage and has five dependent children. He has an elementary school education and has lived in a remote community in the north of Colomi for 13 years.

Esteban’s a farmer and he sells potatoes and locoto peppers. He grows part of them on his own land, half a hectare that he got from his parents; he grows the rest on a plot of land he rents for 1,600 bolivianos [BOB] for two years.
Currently Esteban needs a loan for 10,200 bolivianos to build an affordable home so he can make sure his family has a better future.

Lenny

Lenny is separated and has 2 children who do not live with her. She lives in a rented house that is located in the Ciudad Satelite neighborhood of the city of El Alto.

Lenny has a legal degree. She has a consulting business where she provides legal services and also social services in some cases. Her office is located in the “12 de Octubre” neighborhood of the city of El Alto.
Lenny needs a loan to buy a computer so that she can do her work more easily and meet the needs of her customers. Lenny’s dream is to help low-income people who have major problems at a low cost. This is the first loan that she has requested jointly from IMPRO and KIVA.

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Kiva Loan Nicaragua-Thanks to all who helped!

.Pedro Antonio

Pedro is a man who is striving a lot to move forward with his auto repair shop small business located in his home. Pedro works hard on a daily basis to maintain his mechanical tools.

He also wants to continue making improvements to the workshop. He is applying for the loan so that he can purchase building materials so that he can put the roof on the part of the workshop that still needs work.

Since he is improving it in stages, he expects to finish the roof, doors, and windows during this phase. This will allow him to keep his belongings and work carried out in a safe place. In turn, this will ensure better services and security all day long.

The 7th graders and I were able to lend money to two different people in Nicaragua today.  Above and below are the two we all chose together.  After the money is repaid, we may be able to lend again to other people in another country.

Ángela

Ángela is the mother of seven children, one of whom is in her care. She has sold dairy products in one of the markets in the city of León for the last 14 years, offering her products starting at 6:00 am and ending at 4:00 pm.

This loan will be used to buy hard cheese wholesale.

With the loans that CEPRODEL has given her, Ángela has been able to buy products of greater quality to offer to her customers and the public in general, and with these earnings she has managed to improve her home. She has increased her working capital and dreams that her business will keep growing more and more each day.

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7th grade Service Project-KIVA.org

The 7th graders, and I are working together using this website kiva.org to choose a person in Nicaragua to lend money to.  We learned a bit about how microfinancing a loan works and how a little bit of money, working together with others, can make a big difference in the lives of some of the people we are studying in Nicaragua.  Click on the video here to see how Kiva works.  We read through over 200 people’s stories and settled upon the SIXTEEN below.  You can help us decide who to lend our money to by using this Google Form here.  We need help!   Please read the people’s stories below and help us choose!

1. Aracely Del Carme

Aracely is from the city of Estelí. She is married and has three children. She is 47 years old and a merchant by trade. Her business is selling second-hand clothesShe is grateful to MiCredito and Kiva for the support provided through this loan. She managed to increase her inventory and get greater income. Her goal is to continue investing in her business and to sell silver jewelry.

She is requesting this new loan to buy bundles of used clothes wholesale and shoes. She will do this in order to offer a great quantity of varied clothing. She feels that this loan will be very helpful to her because she will be able to diversify her offerings and get good profits. Her plan for the future is to expand her inventory and her business.

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2.Pedro Antonio

Pedro is a man who is striving a lot to move forward with his auto repair shop small business located in his home. Pedro works hard on a daily basis to maintain his mechanical tools.

He also wants to continue making improvements to the workshop. He is applying for the loan so that he can purchase building materials so that he can put the roof on the part of the workshop that still needs work.

Since he is improving it in stages, he expects to finish the roof, doors, and windows during this phase. This will allow him to keep his belongings and work carried out in a safe place. In turn, this will ensure better services and security all day long.

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3.  Yamileth Del Socorro

Yamileth is 37-years-old, married with three children aged 15, 12, and 3, and she is a native of Managua, a city that is located in the central region of the country. She is characterized as being hardworking and responsible with goals of personal improvement. Unfortunately, she could not study for the lack of financial resources so now she is struggling everyday to provide a better future for her children and to transform them into professionals. Thanks to her effort and her desire to succeed, she has a business that is a general shop. It is a small store that sells various products and foodstuffs such as beans, sugar, eggs, Meneitos brand snack crackers, juices, matches, cigarettes, candy, soda, spices, and toilet paper. She works in her store 12 hours a day offering her products. The purpose of her loan is to invest in working capital to stock her business with the purchase of various products to sell so that they can have a better income in the near future. Yamileth acknowledges the assistance that the investors of Kiva provide to poor people in poor countries such as Nicaragua to help them have a more dignified working environment.

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4..Alberto Jose

Alberto José is 36 years old, married with two children. He is a native of Leon, a city located in the west of the country. He is enterprising, responsible and has the desire to get ahead. In spite of the economic crisis he struggles to continue forward with his small business and provide his family with the security and stability that it needs.

Thanks to his efforts, and desire to get ahead he has a small grocery store located in his house. He sells consumables like rice, beans, sugar, milk, bread, detergent, salt, matches, vegetables, juices, soft drinks, eggs and cheese. He spends 12 hours per day selling his goods.

The objective of the loan is to invest it in working capital, stocking his store with consumables so that in the near future he can generate more revenue. Alberto is grateful for the assistance offered by the lenders at Kiva to people of low income in poor countries like Nicaragua so they have the opportunity to have dignified employment.

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5. :Nuestra Señora De Guadalupe Group

The communal bank Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe) is made up of nine members, mothers who are caring for their children. They are from Sauce which is located in the northern part of the country and is known for its production of milk, cheese and cream. These are hard-working, enterprising women with a strong desire for personal advancement. Unfortunately, they could not go to school and have been working since they were very young to help with household expenses.

Thanks to her efforts and desire to get ahead, Segunda is the bank coordinator. She earns her livelihood by selling curd from her house and also door-to-door. This woman’s work routine is to get up very early to prepare for her sales, and then she spends about eight hours each day selling door-to-door. The purpose of the loan is to buy more ingredients for making curd, such as milk and rennet so that in the not-too-distant future she will have a better income. The communal bank Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is grateful for the help that Kiva investors offer to people of limited resources and poor countries like Nicaragua so that they might have a dignified way to earn a living.

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6. Auralina Del Carmen

Auralina is from the north of Madrigales. With her partner she works hard everyday to get along in life. Her business every day is making and selling tortillas, as well as the sale of soft drinks, buttermilk and cooked frijoles beans. Her partner supports her by working in a baker’s.

Her biggest dream is to improve her standard of living. She is asking for a loan to buy corn in bulk, pans for heating tortillas and a table where she can knead better. She is grateful for the support that Kiva and Afodenic provide her.

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7. Lesbia De Los Angeles

Sra. Lesbia strives to provide for the welfare of her family. She manages a family business, a diner where she works everyday to provide for the household expenses. Lesbia is the mother of two children, so she is concerned about their well-being and wants to give them a good education. She currently intends to improve her home. The loan she is requesting will be used to build a suspended roof because water gets into her house when it rains, which turns her dirt floors into mud. In addition, sunlight gets directly into her house. The solution to this problem would be to build a roof, which would be made possible as a result of this loan. Lesbia will buy the necessary materials such as zinc sheets, wood, nails, and other items.

 

8. Patricia De Los Santos is a merchant in one of the busiest markets in the city of Leon. She begins work at 7:00AM preparing and arranging her products that she will offer her customers and finishes at 5:00PM, always the same hours, from Monday to Sunday.

 

Patricia opened her permanent stall with the amount of 1,500 córdobas, capital from her savings which she earned previously by selling her goods as a street vendor. She is a mother with 2 children with one of them in her care.

 

The loan that Patricia de los Santos asked for from Ceprodel was used to buy natural flowers for sale on the eve of the Day of the Dead allowing her to increase her working capital and quality of life for her and her children.

9.  Elis María

Elis is a single mother. She is an elementary school teacher, and she has been working for 27 years. She also teaches classes at a rural school, where she has to travel 25 kilometers to practice her profession. She does this because she is a single mother with four children, whom she is supporting in their primary and secondary schools.She came to Ceprodel to request a

 

10. Martha Licet

Martha is a woman who is devoted to teaching others. She is an elementary school teacher by profession, and she has been working for ten years. She is married and has one son. She gives him all of the support he needs to develop.

This woman urgently needs to build a kitchen. In order to do so, she visited CEPRODEL to request a loan. She will use the loan to buy construction materials like cement, sand, gravel, iron, cement blocks, and to pay for the labor. This will allow her to do the job of her dreams in order to have improved living conditions.

11. Pedro Antonio

Pedro is a man who is striving a lot to move forward with his auto repair shop small business located in his home. Pedro works hard on a daily basis to maintain his mechanical tools.

He also wants to continue making improvements to the workshop. He is applying for the loan so that he can purchase building materials so that he can put the roof on the part of the workshop that still needs work.

Since he is improving it in stages, he expects to finish the roof, doors, and windows during this phase. This will allow him to keep his belongings and work carried out in a safe place. In turn, this will ensure better services and security all day long.

12. Lesbia

Sra. Lesbia strives to provide for the welfare of her family. She manages a family business, a diner where she works every day to provide for the household expenses. Lesbia is the mother of two children, so she is concerned about their well-being and wants to give them a good education.

She currently intends to improve her home. The loan she is requesting will be used to build a suspended roof because water gets into her house when it rains, which turns her dirt floors into mud. In addition, sunlight gets directly into her house. The solution to this problem would be to build a roof, which would be made possible as a result of this loan. Lesbia will buy the necessary materials such as zinc sheets, wood, nails, and other items

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13. Ángela

Ángela is the mother of seven children, one of whom is in her care. She has sold dairy products in one of the markets in the city of León for the last 14 years, offering her products starting at 6:00 am and ending at 4:00 pm.

This loan will be used to buy hard cheese wholesale.

With the loans that CEPRODEL has given her, Ángela has been able to buy products of greater quality to offer to her customers and the public in general, and with these earnings she has managed to improve her home. She has increased her working capital and dreams that her business will keep growing more and more each day.

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14. Nuestra Esperanza Group

Nuestra Esperanza (Our Hope) community bank consists of ten members, single mothers with eight children under their responsibility.

They are from el Sauce, which is located in the north of the country. These people are characterized as hard working, responsible, and with the desire for self improvement. Unfortunately due to a lack of economic resources, they were not able to go to school because they needed to work at an early age, to help with household expenses .

Thanks to her efforts and desire to get ahead, Yadira became the bank coordinator. She runs a fritanga from her home. A fritanga is when one sells homemade food like tacos, carne asada, enchiladas, manuelitas (filled crepes), rice and beans, green plantains and sweet plantains. She devotes 10 hours a day to her business, serving her products. The purpose of the loan is to invest in working capital in the purchase and sale of food products such as meat, rice, beans, bananas, flour, cabbage and cream oil to make food so that in the near future she can have more income.

The community bank Nuestra Esperanza is grateful for the assistance that Kiva donors offer people with less resources and poorer countries such as Nicaragua so they can work with dignity.

15. José Ramon

José Ramón is 30 years old. He and his wife have a son who is his main reason to come out ahead. He is a teacher at a public university in the Anthropology Department, his specialization. He is now studying for his Master’s Degree in Science of Rural Development. Since his workplace demands more training for teachers, this is why José Ramón is looking to increase his academic level.

This is why he is requesting a loan, in order to pay for the Master’s Degree. This way he can improve his family’s financial situation, enrich his knowledge and contribute to society.

16.  Banco Comunal Arca De Noe Group

The communal bank Arca de Noé [Noah's Ark] comprises 10 members, nine women and a man, who are the responsible parents of 12 dependent children. They were born in El Sauce in northern Nicaragua, an area that produces milk, cheese, and curd. These hardworking, striving people fight all odds to offer their families a better future.

Thanks to her efforts and desire to succeed, Marcela, the group’s coordinator, has a small grocery store in her house. She offers items like rice, beans, sugar, milk, bread, detergent, soap, eggs, cream, and matches and spends about 12 hours each day in her store. She will use this loan to stock her store with food items so that she can earn more income. The communal bank El Arca de Noé thanks the Kiva lenders for supporting low-income people in countries like Nicaragua so that they can have decent work.

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