Language for Little Learners


Fun with haikus

May 08, 2013 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: poetry

The haiku, originating in Japan, is one of my favorite types of poem.  There are several different types of haiku, but the most popular type of haiku is the one with 17 syllables; five on the first line, seven on the second line, and five on the third line.  If you’re interested in learning more about haikus, check out this post, with a free poster featuring haikus, about haikus.

Haiku poetry

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Making time to teach your kids at home

March 05, 2013 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Teaching at home

Sometimes you want to teach your children subjects that they don’t learn in school – about religion, world history, or your family’s culture, for example – but find it hard to find the time to do it. That’s completely understandable… parents (and children) lead very busy lives!

Here are a few tips for creating habits to help plan homeschool lessons for your kids.

Teaching kids at home

Moving to another country

February 21, 2013 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: foreign languages, Life in France

Are you interested in making a change in your life? Back in late 2010, we were… that is why we decided to pick up our family and move to France! Almost two and a half years later, we’re still having a great time here and learning lots about the French language and culture. Best of all, our kids can speak French, and are having a tremendous learning experience.

Here is a post that I wrote that explains five reasons why we decided to move our family abroad. It was a lot of work, and sometimes it can be difficult, but overall it has been well worth it!

Reasons to move abroad

Learning a Foreign Language

February 15, 2013 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: foreign languages

We’ve been living in France for the past two and a half years – it’s been a lot of fun.

One of the reasons that we initially moved to France from the United States was so that our children could learn French! We felt it very important that our kids learn a second language… there are plenty of studies that have been done that demonstrate that learning a foreign language helps kids learn mathematics, science and music… not to mention that by learning a second language, kids are better able to understand their first language. it’s great exercise for their brains. It’s also a great way to introduce your children to different cultures and customs.

Here is a post that Brian did that explains five reasons why learning a foreign language is great for children or students.

I hope you are having a great February!

Benefits of teaching kids a foreign language

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Back to School

August 10, 2012 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Back to School

I’d like to take a second to talk about one of my newest products…

It is called The Common Core Organizer, Assessment Guide and Portfolio for 2nd grade for Math and Literacy and it contains over 200 pages.

Here’s a little blurb about it from TPT:  The Common Core Organizer, Assessment Guide and Portfolio for Second Grade Literacy and Writing is full of tools that you can use to teach and assess second grade Common Core ELA skills to your class throughout the school year. This packet is a great way to help you organize your students’ language arts portfolios, as well as your own. 

This packet has posters, dividers, Common Core checklists and also some assessment tools that you can use.  For some of the assessment tools, you only need to add your own appropriate text and they can answer the questions.  Make sure you read more about this comprehensive packet by clicking here.

Here are a few more sheets you can look at to see if this packet is right for you!

For this same booklet for third grade, click here.
Also, I’ll be working on some different grade levels, so make sure to follow my store so that you will be informed when they are released.  You can follow my TPT store here.
Have a great day!


Product Swap

August 01, 2012 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: worksheets


Hi everyone! I’m part of this great product swap where a bunch of us teachers get together and try out each others teaching materials. This is really going to be fun, so make sure you check out the other blogs as well by going to Mrs.Standford’s blog to check out the linky party!

Today I’m reviewing a French product from:

Tammy Aiello.

She teaches French in Canada to Jr. High level students and has quickly become a great teaching buddy of mine! Make sure to follow her TPT store here, here TN store here and her FB page here. Also, here blog is here, make sure to follow it as well! She blogs about French and French culture, so make sure to check them all out!

The product that I’m reviewing is:

Magic Potion Recipe – French Halloween Writing Lesson or Ma Potion Magique.

This is such a fun and creative activity that my 9 year old son absolutely adored!! First, we practiced some of the vocabulary words that are shown in the packet and then he got to create his own magic brew! He loved that part the most.  Even though it was a little early for a Halloween activity, he was so in the spirit of making a spooky, creepy witch brew!  He was very secretive when he wrote out his potion list as you can tell by this picture!

I wanted to take a picture of his finished recipe, but he said it was secret and that he was going to make the potion tomorrow! Yikes! LOL…I love how he uses his creativity that way and this activity sure did bring it out of him!

I think this product is great for a variety of levels of French students because you can let them work at their own level. I think students in grades 4th-10th would have the funnest time with this activity. It’s such a fun way for them to practice different animal words, body parts, as well as recipe type vocabulary like “a pinch of”. Make sure to grab this product for yourself here! You won’t be disappointed!

Summertime in France

July 18, 2012 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Life in France

A new school year is approaching! Enjoy your summer while you can! Here in France, we haven’t had much of a summer. I think today it got to around 85 which is the first time in a long time. I’m not complaining though, I enjoy the 70s in the summer especially since we don’t have any air conditioning. I still am surprised though, that I’m sitting here with my jacket on and windows open on July 18th! It gets pretty chilly at night.

My children have been going to summer recreation for the last 2 weeks. They have 2 more weeks of it and then everything is shut down for the month of August. I wanted to put them in summer recreation so they can meet new people and not get too rusty with their French. And what do you know…my son came home and told me he made a new British friend. Great! I think it’s really nice, but still kind of wrecked my plans for him to practice his French. I’m happy though, they seem to have really hit it off.

Attached is a picture of a regular day for me. I really need to start leaving my house at least 10 minutes earlier. These cows have made me late more than once when I go to pick up my kids.

Class Library

July 07, 2012 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

Here’s a post from my good friend at: Bestpractices4teaching Enjoy!

I hear the angels in the background.  I am wanting to belt out the chorus of Handel’s Hallelujah…..I am…..complete.

Every year I loose close to 30-50 books because my students find some way to sneak them out and never return them.  I beg for their return, but don’t make too big of a deal for them because my hope is that they are still being read when they go home.

But now…..NOW, I have found a solution!  BookSource’s Classroom Organizer.

Using an app on your phone, you scan ISBN numbers to put books into your classroom library.  You input your students names.  Then, they can use the computer to type in the ISBN number or key words of the book’s title and check them out.  There is also a way to return the books.

Problem Solved:  I know how to attach lost books with a face!!!

You have GOT to go look at this.  I have used my own kids as Guinea pigs and it works!!!  I could just dance a jig!!!

Back to School Quick Common Core

June 21, 2012 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: worksheets

I’m sure you have heard of the Common Core standards by now if you are a teacher in the United States or even if you are homeschooling there. They are a set of standards that are slowly, but surely being adopted by states in the United States. Basically, they are a set of skills that students should learn by the end of each grade level. If you want to check them out, you can click here to read the .pdf for math common core standards.

I’ve created a packet of Quick Common Core Worksheets with a Back to School theme that teachers can use in a center or as a warm up to their regular lesson. The great thing about these worksheets is they are leveled for the beginning of the year. Since students haven’t learned the new common core for the grade level, they are based on the previous year’s common core standards while easing the students into their new grade level.

To view them at TPT use these links.
For Back to School Quick Common Core (1st grade), click here.
For Back to School Quick Common Core (2nd grade), click here.
For Back to School Quick Common Core (3rd grade), click here.
For Back to School Quick Common Core (4th grade), click here.
For Back to School Quick Common Core (5th grade), click here.

If you’d prefer to shop at Teachers Notebook, you can check out the Quick Common Core packets here.

Also, although I haven’t added these to my site yet for purchase, you can email me a yvonne @ mixminder (dot) com and I can send you an invoice. Each set costs $2.50, but if you buy them directly from me, you can receive a 5% discount.

Canada Day Word Search

June 19, 2012 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: worksheets

As many of you know, my husband is Canadian and we try to celebrate Canada Day no matter where we live. It’s a fun little family tradition we have and it helps our children to learn about their heritage. Click on the picture below to be taken to my other website (Mixminder) where you can download this Free Canada Day word search.

Also, make sure you check out my TPT store for more great French, Spanish, Math and Writing lessons!

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