Sunday, December 21, 2014

Celebrating, Decorating and sipping on Peppermint Hot Chocolate (Young Living Essential Oil Uses)

Celebrating, Decorating and sipping on Peppermint Hot Chocolate (infused with Young Living Essential Peppermint Oil)

I love, love, love my Young Living Peppermint Oil.  So much so that I've made it part of our Christmas traditions in our house.  When I make hot chocolate in the winter, I add a drop or two to our mugs to enjoy a lovely pepperminty hot chocolate!  Mmmmmm!  It doesn't just taste delicious, but I know I'm doing something good for myself while sipping.

We use Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil (EO) in our house in a variety of ways.  It's great topically for muscle aches and pains (applied topically in a carrier oil), and also great diffused to help with cold symptoms.  I'm a headache & migraine sufferer, and putting a bit at the base of my neck when a headache comes on is really soothing.
I had read about Peppermint EO being good for digestion issues and have begun experimenting with it in this way as well.
Not all essential oils are safe for consumption and you need to do your own research and find the right kind.  (Please read my disclaimer, I am not a medical doctor and am not offering any medical advice on my blog, just sharing my personal experiences.)

There are only 2 EO companies that I trust for internal use of EOs.  Young Living and DoTerra.  As you can see in the photo to the right, if an Essential Oil is safe for consumption, it will have a Supplement Facts label, like this one found on my bottle of Young Living Peppermint Oil.

Here's what the Young Living website has to say about using Peppermint EO:

Product Tips

  • Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion.
  • Massage several drops of peppermint essential oil on the abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe the minor stomach discomfort associated with travel.
  • Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.
  • Place 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
  • Apply peppermint essential oil to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
  • Inhale peppermint essential oil, apply topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue or in water to jump-start your morning routine.
  • Diffuse or inhale peppermint essential oil mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
  • Inhale peppermint essential oil or rub a drop on to your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort.

Take a look at what WebMD has to say about Peppermint Essential Oil (EO) and its uses.
"In dietary supplements, peppermint oil has been tried for a variety of digestive problems including:
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn"
Natural Cures Not Medicine website has this to say: "Effective for nausea, digestive issues, allergies, menstrual problems, reduces fever, increase alertness, focus and oxygen absorption.  Great for headaches, muscle aches.  Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, use for shock, colds, colic and heartburn."

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Safety warnings
Do not use on children under 18 months.
Avoid the eye and mucus membrane areas – if it makes contact with eye, do NOT flush with water, flush with a plain oil such as vegetable oil or olive oil. Flushing with water will only make it worse.
Do not apply to broken or sensitive skin.
In most adults, the small doses of peppermint oil contained in dietary supplements and skin preparations appear to be safe. Pregnant and breastfeeding women, however, should avoid such products because little is known about their safety during pregnancy and lactation. (WebMD)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Spanish Class: Adding Pronunciation / Speaking Activities without interrupting your schedule.

I have seen a few teachers post that their New Year's (Teaching) Resolutions include creating more opportunities to grade Pronunciation activities in their classrooms.

Creating Pronunciation grades can be tricky.  How often should one grade Pronunciation?  Obviously, we assess pronunciation all day, every day in our classes.  We model pronunciation and listen for mistakes and help our students modify as necessary. 

But our students need to understand the importance of correct pronunciation.  After all, "Yo tengo hambre" is NOT the same thing as saying "Yo tengo hombre..."  ;) 

And if your students have seen Will Ferrell's cute Tweet floating around on Facebook, they may have finally learned that accents DO matter and there is a rather important difference between años and anos....and papá and papa...

 The problem I ran into in the past with Pronunciation grades was that it always took a 1/2 class period to a whole period to get through all students.  And what do the other students do while each student comes up to my desk to recite their Pronunciation assignment??

Well, I think I've solved the problem.  :)
Communication in the target language is always the goal for a foreign language student. Sometimes our students need a bit of motivation to speak in the target language and help feeling comfortable speaking in front of others.

This packet was created to help provide a tool to guide your students in pronunciation activities every week throughout the school year. You will be able to assess your students’ pronunciation on a WEEKLY basis and MONITOR their progress throughout the school year! out on doing Pronunciation activities during the first semester?  No problem.  Read through the activities, decide where your Spanish 1 students are and just start there.

 TRACKING SHEET, RUBRIC and ORAL PROGRESS REPORTS are included to help you stay organized and help to provide your students visual guidelines and feedback.         
48 WEEKS of a weekly pronunciation assignment have been provided as well as blank frames so you can add anything you like.
 The BEST ADVICE I have heard for using my packet is a genius idea from another teacher--
She assigns one Pronunciation activity a week and has her students call her work phone and leave voicemail messages reciting their assignment!  That way she doesn't have to take away from classroom teaching!  Genius!  I think this is amazing advice.  If you choose to do your Pronunciation assignments this way, you can do the grading in a more relaxed manner and at your leisure.
What are YOUR ideas and advice for Pronunciation grading in your Foreign Language class?  Please leave a comment below and share your ideas with us!
La Profesora Frida


Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Christmas and Merry New Year! A giveaway to celebrate! Win one of THREE prizes!

What better time to CELEBRATE being a teacher than during our WINTER BREAK! 

Take care of yourself.
Decorate and drink hot chocolate.
Go for a long walk in the snow.
Slide down a hill with some friends.
Read a good book.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Spanish class Fast Finishers, Bulletin Board SET for your quick workers!

What to do, what to do with those fast finishers in your Spanish class?!

Consider making a Fast Finishers bulletin board with these cards of activities that your students can do while they wait patiently for others to finish!

A point system within this packet is used to reflect the difficulty level of each task. 

Elementary students (bless their little hearts!) do "fast finisher" tasks out of pure intrinsic motivation, but midde schoolers / high schoolers often need some extrinsic reward. Thus the point system.

 There is a tally sheet for you to copy and give to your students for them to keep track of which tasks they have completed and how many points they have earned. I recommend giving awards on a tiered level by points completed. (Stickers, candy, etc.)

Come and check out the entire PREVIEW file at my TeachersPayTeachers store!

And as always, I LOVE to hear your thoughts and feedback about the lessons I create!  If you have any suggestions (or catch any typos!), please send me a message!
Thanks so much!
~La Profesora Frida