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My name is Irma Vazquez, founder of "My Escuelita: Spanish for Kids",  a Spanish program for families who desire experiences that enrich and encourage a lifelong love of language learning. As schools across the nation are cutting costs, many do not offer second language options; the parents of my students who were seeking  multicultural  Spanish enrichment activities reached out to me and the solution was clear!  I wanted to design a creative and multicultural Spanish lesson program that is practical, convenient, portable and that fits the lifestyle of families today.

 The result of my year long work is:  "My Mochila: Spanish on the Go!" 

A creative monthly subscription box delivered to your doorstep!  Each month your child will receive a box full of culturally relevant materials specifically design by to engage creative learning thru music, arts and crafts and activities that are engaging, tools and parent resources that will help you facilitate the Spanish lessons. The parent resource booklet was design to help parents step by step and everything you need to complete the lessons is included! 

It is important for me to make the learning experience fun for children, easy on the parents and its was equally important that all the people who manufacture the items we design can earn a living wage under fair trade by working with our using best practices methods in language learning.

I travel to Mexico to find some of the artist who were willing to produce our designs, I designed a lesson for your children that are culturally relevant, from the school supplies "bolsita" to the "canciones" to the books, all of our lesson is design to engage your child in a creative and fun way!

 

We developed some prototypes and this is what some of the parent's who tried it had to say:

"My family loves My Mochila. Raising bilingual children in a mostly monolingual environment has its challenges. My Mochila has it all: fun ways to practice language, creative activities for us to build on or act out together, and ideas to make sure that Spanish is a regular part of our lives. It's so organized! Everything I need is in My Mochila and that makes it easy to use. Thank you!"  - Dr. Xiomara Mateo-Gaxiola

"I really like that we can take it anywhere and everything we need is inside. During after school activities for my oldest son, I can find a quiet place and use all of the materials inside the backpack at the park or in the car. I love this!"   -George A.

"I'm not a teacher so the lesson plans are my favorite. I love that its so organized and easy to find in the parent lesson plan guide. There are enough lessons to last me all month long." -Millie V.

"I'm always looking for multicultural materials to help me -help my child learn Spanish...I want the experience to also focus on culture, traditions and people in Spanish speaking countries and My Mochila is going to help me do just  that. And it comes to my house! Thank you!" -Christina S. 

I've done the strategic development of the curriculum for the next twelve months as well as  researched and tested the components. We would like your support to make this available to many more children and parents across America. 

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In exchange for your support, your child will receive a personally curated box with Spanish materials and resources that can be placed in the backpack for the month. The bagpack and 1st December lesson "Los Polltos" includes;

The Mochila,  labeled box, world map, child's apron, Spanish book, Spanish music CD, Maracas from Oaxaca , Passport notebook, Schools Supplies, School Supply bag from Oaxaca, Craft bag, calendar, Owl toy, Lesson Plan booklet and a surprise! 

 The box itself will serve as a tool...with labels that will help you organize your lessons at home in sequential order by the theme. Placing materials back in their original box will not only help you protect your investment but will allow it to remain in the best condition possible for future use; then you can gift the program to a loved one or start a collection of heirlooms to be used over the years!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Planning ahead for 12 months has not only been a challenge but has been a labor of love. I’ve developed curriculum, researched the best and most affordable options for your family and have tested the products with a select group of parents and students.

I’ve thought much a parent and family demographics...assuring that they are considered with each step of this process. I've worn many hats during these past months..bilingual teacher, mother, second language advocate and multicultural educator and I truly believe that I’ve created a rich tool and effective resources that will help you reach your multicultural language learning goals.

The vendors of each the components have been secured and are scheduled for a December delivery of the first boxes. We are in the process of securing the space and forming our team to assemble the boxes!

We need your your help to fulfill our minimum orders! Let’s make 250 boxes our beginning goal!

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    Set of 2 Maracas!

    Everything is more fun with maracas!
    Your kids will learn about the origin of the maracas, the artist who made them and customs of the region! This option is perfect for all supporters especially perfect for households with multiple children and can be added to your purchase of your lessons. Free shipping.

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    Child apron

    Perfect for multiple children households!!!
    When things get messy in the art room you can just wipe or wash the apron and will be just like new, helping you protect the kids clothes like new. This option is available for multiple children households and its offered as free shipping as it will arrive with the purchase of the lesson.

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    Art and Craft bag + School supplies bag

    Perfect for multiple children households!!!
    As a dynamic leader and passionate educator Irma wants you to have the resources you need to teach your children Spanish while being wise on your budget, it helps you provide the activity lessons to multiple children up to 3 per household by only purchasing the additional tools to create an individual experience for each child. Please note this is a complementary aid to the original lesson not as a replacement.
    This option is available for multiple children households and its offered as free shipping as it will arrive with the purchase of the lesson.

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    Spanish learning made easy and fun!

    Each on of the 18 activities in the lesson plan is design with the methodology and pedagogy around language acquisition. Irma will offer you step by step instructions making it fun for you and your child to learn Spanish, including online resources!

    Includes:
    • Backpack and December lesson plan
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    The backpack + December Lesson

    You are helping your child develop good organizational habits, the backpack is ergonomically designed for small frames with every essential space for each one of the components of the 18 activities in the lesson plan. Learning Spanish is easy when your lesson is ready to go!

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    Pledge $180 or more About $180

    2 Mochilas + 2 December lesson

    Buy one and gift one! Perfect for the holidays!
    You will get:
    2 Mochilas
    2 December lessons "Los Pollitos"
    A total of 30 items for you to teach your loved one Spanish!

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    Pledge $229 or more About $229

    The backpack + 4 lessons

    How lucky are you! 4 months of Spanish lessons for your child!
    You will get:
    1 Mochila
    4 Lessons:
    " Los Pollitos, Yo , Mi Familia & Mis Amigos"
    Includes literature, music, lesson plans and additional resources for the whole family!

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    3 Mochilas + 3 December Lessons

    Perfect if you have more than one child or if you wish to gift a few mochilas in time for the holidays! Also wonderful for home-school small group lessons. Everything you need for three little ones!

    You will get:
    3 Mochilas
    3 December lessons: "Los Pollitos"

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    4 Backpacks + 4 December lessons

    Ideal for the classroom! Everything you need for a small group Spanish lesson. Each of the 4 children will get all the materials and resources they need for a month of lessons!
    You will get:
    4 Mochilas
    4 Lessons: "Los Pollitos"

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    The backpack + 7 lessons

    The perfect resource for after school activity!
    “My Mochila” provides your child with culturally relevant lesson that includes sound methodology and pedagogy around language acquisition and art as learning tools.

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    1 yr of Spanish! Bagback & 12 lessons

    One full year of Spanish!
    You get 1 bagpack and 12 lessons:
    Los Pollitos
    *Yo *Mi Comunidad *Mi Familia *Mi Transporte
    *Mis Amigos *Mi Escuelita *Mi Hogar *Mi Tierra
    *Mis Mascotas *Mi Planeta *Mi Comida *Mis Tradiciones

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    Gift your school 20 lessons!

    Sharing is caring! Give your child's school the gift of Spanish language!

    The school of your choice will get your gift of:
    20 Spanish lesson boxes of "Los Pollitos"
    20 child size aprons
    1 teacher apron

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    Gift 20 bag packs & 20 Spanish lessons !

    Everyone gets to learn Spanish!
    The school of your choice will get your gift of:
    20 Bagpacks
    20 Spanish lesson boxes of "Los Pollitos"
    1 teacher apron

    20 backpacks + 20 lesson boxes of the same theme+ 1 apron for the teacher.

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