School Assemblies by Ramona Moreno Winner

August 31, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Posted in Children's books, Cultural Diversity, Freaky Foods, School Assemblies, Science | Comments Off on School Assemblies by Ramona Moreno Winner
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Lucas and His Loco Beans

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Dynamic, Interactive school assemblies in English and Spanish

Mexican Jumping Beans!

  • Bilingual story of the Mexican Jumping Bean – Lucas and His Loco Beans

    Students hold Jumping Beans

    Students hold Jumping Beans

  • Life cycle of the Cydia deshaisiana – Mexican Jumping moth

  • On-screen presentation of natural environment of jumping beans – Alamos, Sonora, Mexico high desert region.

  • Students get to hold jumping beans to experience the twitching of the larva inside the seed segments.

Freaky Foods From Around the World

  • Bilingual story of foods from different cultures – Freaky Foods From Around the World – Platillos sorprendentes de todo el mundo

  • On-screen presentation showing animals and insects from different parts of the world that humans dine on.

    Teacher Eating Cricket

    Teacher Eating Cricket

  • Discussion on what one culture considers common and what another culture considers unusual.

  • Students/teachers are offered a snack of baked crickets.

Meet Core Curriculum Requirements for Science, Natural History, and Language Arts

Costs:  $300 per assembly – 200 student max per assembly.  If Ramona is already in the area, no travel or lodging fees are charged.

To schedule your school assemblies or for copies of Ramona’s books contact us at

Professional Recommendations by School Administrators

– Mrs. Winner came to Hightower Elementary School, Plano, Texas and we had a fabulous time. The students thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Winner’s presentation, but I think their most favorite were the jumping beans and the freaky foods. Or perhaps it was watching their teachers eat a cricket, yummy. The students could not stop talking with excitement and had many questions afterwards. I appreciate Mrs. Winner’s taking the time to answer students questions and bringing such excitement and encouragement for writing to our students.

Stacy Lambert, Librarian,, Plano, TX

– The students at Dr. Sue Shook Elementary are “locos” about Mrs. Ramona Winner! Mrs. Winner’s interactive and hands-on presentation was both entertaining and educational. The students were fascinated with the Mexican Jumping Bean and eager to learn about its life cycle. We thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Winner’s visit and her tasty cricket treats were a big hit!  Thank you for sharing your love of reading and writing with our students. I know your visit inspired our young writers to become future authors.

Sandra M Aguirre,, El Paso, TX

– Ramona Winner provides engaging, innovative presentations that include science concepts, humor, and are fast paced and hands-on! Our students and teachers are still talking about how wonderful the assemblies were! Book this author and motivating presenter for your school today!

Patricia Peinado, E.L. Foster Elementary, Ventura, CA

–  I expected a good presentation, we got a GREAT presentation!  The cultural component was exceptional.

Lee Warner, Principal, Lincoln Elementary, Ventura, CA 805/641-5438.

–  Ramona Moreno Winner is truly a winner!  She is an author with more than one talent.  She not only is well written but is also well spoken in a manner that can engage children of many ages.  Ramona’s books are well written and provide an avenue for many teaching opportunities.  The bilingual text expands the usability of the books to Spanish/bilingual programs.  Her creative stories with details and factual text along with a slide show of the books’ origins provide a connection to many fiction and non-fiction opportunities.  We thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Winner’s visit.  A word of warning:  she may convince you to eat a cricket!!!  I did and lived to write about it!

Carol Stanford, Gladys F. Polk Elementary, Freeport, TX, Information Science Specialist  @ 979/730-7200

– Our students and parents really enjoyed Senora Winner at our Parent night. She read, discussed her stories and passed out jumping beans for everyone to hold. She also gave us delicious crunchy bugs to eat; the students thought that was Awesome!

Pam deFiebre, Teacher Librarian, Barnes Elementary School, Beaverton, OR 503/672-3500



What Aging Means to Children

May 29, 2013 at 4:32 am | Posted in Children's books, Elder care, Inpirational, School Assemblies, Tolerance and Acceptance | Leave a comment

Third Grade, 23 Students

I had the opportunity to visit with 23 third grade students and read from my book, The Wooden Bowl, El bol de madera.  Afterwards, I asked students to write their responses to seven questions on aging.  Time allowed for only a few recordings, but all comments are equally important!

What is it about a person that makes you say “that person is old?”

  •  They are clumsy and walk slow and they have rincles and denchers.
  •  How they look and how clumsy they are and there voise is soft.
  •  You think that there old because they can’t function as well as we can, there voice is a bit rough.
  •  Because of what they look like.
  •  He’s walking really slow.  He has a very strong vose.
  •  You think that there old because they are maybe different from you.
  •  He can’t relly wake.  His voys.
  •  They some times look sad, they have cane, they have gray hair.
  •  Elder, grandma, grandpa, hair cane, wheelchair.
  •  Kind of grumpy and not very fun.
  • They shake their hand.  They’re skin in crinkly.  They’re hair is gray, they have no teeth, they have fake teeth.
  • Gray hair, wrinkles, crackels, low voice, slow.
  •  The presn face and they walk slow.
  •  They are shaking a little, and they are bent over.
  •  Their hair is gray, they have wrinkles, they have a cane, their voice craks.
  •  When he or she doesn’t walk fast, or there voice is realy quiet.
  •  When they walk slowly, and have gray hair, they are old.
  •  When I see a person that is old I know they are old when they have white hair, wrinkled skin, and shakey hands.
  •  They have wrinkles on there face.
  •  They have wrinkels and grey hair and there voise is odd.
  •  They walk weird and have a strange vioce.
  •  When they walk slowly.
  •  Their skin is wrinkly.

 Why do people get old?

  •  People get old from age.
  •  His age and what he does or his hair.
  •  People get old because it’s just a natural life cycle.
  •  They have a cane and wrinkly hands.
  •  Because he is living so long
  •  People get old because they are to old of there age.
  •  It is just a life sikl
  •  Because they age, it’s a life cycyl
  •  Because they keep growing.
  •  For the circle of life.
  •  Because they eat to much sugar.  Their bones aren’t strong.
  •  Live a long time, live years.
  •  Cus the perzn number of ags.
  •  They get old by age.
  •  People get old because they grow, time passes, things change, life goes on.
  •  They lived a long life and the get realy tiard.
  •  ?
  •  Because
  •  Because it is the end of there lafe.
  •  So more people can be born and you can live forever.
  •  Blank
  •  They get old because they live lots of years.
  •  Because they grow up and it is the pattern of life.

 How old in years is old to you?

  •  People that re old to me are when they are 70
  •  About when you are 60
  •  To me maybe around 60 and older.
  •  80
  •  69 years old
  •  About 70
  •  70 years old.
  •  Old to me is 79 and older.
  •  70
  •  I don’t think you are old if you are active and fun.
  •  66
  •  80, 90, 100 is  long years.
  •  50 is a hi number
  •  90 years old
  •  In my perspective 70 is old
  •  Ninty nine is realy old for me.
  •  60 is old.
  •  70
  •  99
  •  I think 90 is old.
  •  150
  •  80
  •  65 is old to me.

 Why do people get grey hair?

  •  People take showers a lot and their hair starts to fade.
  •  People get old because how long they have lived.
  •  People get gray hair because they are just getting older and older.
  •  Because they get older every year and time has passed.
  •  Because they are old
  •  People get grey hair because they get old and there hair change color.
  •  They are in the sun a lote.
  •  Because the color fads.
  •  Because the color in their hair fades away.
  •  Because their hair ages and it turns gray.
  •  Because time passes
  •  Because they have bean living a long time.
  •  People have gray hair because the are let it grown.
  •  A lot of years have past.
  •  Their hair gets old, time passes.
  •  Blank
  •  After a while, their hair dies out, and loses its color.
  •  Blank
  •  Because they are old
  •  Because there hair has been there for so long it rots.
  •  Time has pass with new and then old.
  •  Because they get old
  •  Because their old hair gets old.

 Why do people get wrinkled skin?

  •  People ge rincled skin from moving a lot.
  •  They get wrinkled skin because they have lived long and the titnes goes away.
  •  People get wrinkled skin maybe because they have had operations or they are just getting older.
  •  People get wrinkled skin because as they get older their skin turns wrinkly.
  •  They are very old
  •  People get wrinkled skin because there skin gets weaker and weaker.
  •  They have been in the sun.
  •  The skin rinkls because the skin is old and sagy.
  •  Because they get older and when you get older they don’t wear make up and your body gets older.
  •  As you age, you lose moisture in your body and it wrinkles you.
  •  People get rinkley sink because they don’t eat too much.
  •  They are really old
  •  They get wec because they are old.
  •  They get older and their skin gets wrinkly
  •  Their skin gets thinner and then it tightens making wrinkles
  •  Because they don’t have mutch strankth in them enmore.
  •  ?
  •  Because they grow old and their bones stop growing and skin wrinkles.
  •  Because they’re body is old.
  •  Because they move so much when their little but now their old.
  •  Because its dry skin
  •  Because they lived a lot
  •  Because they get old

 How old do you expect to become one day?

  •  I think I will live to be 80
  •  Some where around 100 years
  •  I expect to be about in my 90’s
  •  70
  •  I want to be 16 years old
  •  Some day I want to be 100
  •  96 years old
  •  I exspect to be around 95
  •  100
  •  I want to live until I’m reddy to go.
  •  66
  •  I think I will be 99.9
  •  I will be 40 to 100
  •  95 years
  •  78 – 100
  •  26
  •  I will be 90 years old
  •  95
  •  96
  •  I think 100
  •  110
  •  60
  •  115

 How can you help an old person?

  •  I can hold their arm and walk with them, and help them cary things.
  •  Help them walk or clean up after them.
  •  I can help a old person by picking up something that they can’t pick up, running to grab the phone, and just plain behaving.
  •  I can help an old person by helping them carry their groceries.
  •  By feeding him helping him go across
  •  You help an old person by helping them walk.
  •  Help them get out of the car and help them opin the dore.
  •  Help them in the car and walk, and get around help clean up help get low things on the ground help them get out of bed open the door help them around the house.
  •  Help them cross the street, or help them walk around.
  •  You can cheer them up and have fun with them.
  •  By helping them brig stuff if their sick.  Help them reach stuff that’s really low.
  •  Help them walk
  •  You can help old people you can take care of old people sum time they ned help so you can help old people.
  •  Respect them and be nice to them.
  •  Be nice to them, protect them, have fun with them, give them exersize.
  •  Help cross the stree help eat.
  •  I can help them cross the street
  •  Give them cooked food so they don’t have to cook
  •  By helping them.
  •  I can walk them across the street.
  •  Feed him something that they like.
  •  By taking them to plases
  •  Give them food and take them places they want to go.

Thank you 3rd Graders!

We all learned something from this exercise.  I am grateful that when my bones quit growing and my skin falls around my feet and my hair rots, I will have someone to walk me across the street and feed me.  I know I can count on your generation to treat me with respect!

The Wooden Bowl – El bol de madera (reader comments)

March 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Posted in Book Awards, Book Reviews, Children's books, Cultural Diversity, Inpirational, School Assemblies | Leave a comment
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The Wooden Bowl – El bol de madera

Comments from readers:

This is one of the sweetest stories that I have ever heard.  My mother is 85 years old and I am her primary caregiver.  Many times I have had to miss school (I am a 3rd grade teacher) to care for my mother.  I always apologize to my students and explain that “believe it or not, one day you will be where I am and need to be taking care of your parent.”  After watching this video, I forwarded the email to our school counselor and told her I would like to share this with with my class.  Thank you for finding such a sweet way to communicate the sad reality of life.

Donna L.


I never thought a story I could not hear from my computer, because I had difficulties with the sound, could be so heart-felt solely from viewing the illustrations of this book.  It momentarily brought my father, who resides in another city, home. Many times have I seen him do the things depicted in this book and so much more as I reflect on my coming years old age.  It hurts to see my father aging.  I would like to see him with the youth and vigor of past times, hear him tell of his life’s lessons and give him some of my energy, but this is not within my power.  However, there is something I can do: Share with him the anecdotes collected from my pre-school students.  He enjoys hearing how happy I am when my preschool students teach me lessons on life or how to become a better human being.

Thank you for sharing this story with me!    Olga Najera

Nunca pense que una historia que no pude escuchar por problemas de sonido en mi computadora me hiciera sentir lo que mi corazon sintio esta noche con tan solo ver las imagenes de este libro.Me trajo a mi señor padre a mi casa estando el en otra cuidad, cuantas veces lo he visto hacer estas cosas y mas, y he pensado en mi vejez. A mi  me duelen los años que mi padre tiene porque quisiera verlo unos años mas joven y volver el tiempo atras, para volver a oir sus enseñanzas, hoy en dia yo quisiera darle de mi energia, pero no puedo.Pero hay algo que si le puedo brindar: la Felicidad de mis anecdotas con mis alumnos de Pre kinder, el las disfruta al contarle lo inmensamente feliz que soy cuando mis alumnos me dan leccione de vida para yo seguir mejorando como ser humano en todos los aspectos.

Gracias Mil por compartir esta historia conmigo!!!!!

Olga Najera.

Such appreciation of a love and respect a grandchild has for his grandfather.  With this in mind, out of the mouth of babes comes the truth and realization of how as children we tend to forget that our parents accepted us as we were babies and growing up and understood that all the messes we made were part of who we were in the process of growing up.  May my children not forget what I, as a parent, so readily, willfuly, and lovingly,did cleaning up after them knowing that is was just part of the process of growing them up.  May they be so readily, wifuly and lovingly be accepting of my old age and my messes and clean up after me and show respect for me knowing that someday they will also be old and messy. Thank God for the hope this little story gave me.  The hope that when I get old my grandchildren will respect, love me, and accept what I have become.

Frances Molina

I listened to the story this morning and it brought tears to my eyes.  I do training for adults who work with children.  I also work on three reservations and I feel this book would be excellent as the Elderly are sacred.  I would share this book with child care providers both on and off the reservation.  It has beautiful lessons to be taught.

Barb Biwer

I enjoyed the story – it’s very touching! Sometimes it does take a child to open our eyes!

Barbara Stark

This book brought me to tears as it reminded me of the times I lost patience with my mom during her last year here with us.  Although I never put her aside from anything we did, I would become impatient when she did not respond or became “fussy”.  She was dealing with dementia during her last year and I only wish I had understood it better at the time.  I have many regrets now but, I am working through them.  I think this book is a wonderful tool for adults as well as for our youngsters.  If adults could see that the change in our lives in our senior years is liken to the beginning of our lives, perhaps they could understand the shortcomings of our senior citizens in a different light and  respond to them in a positive manner.  Thank you for writing this beautifully written, very sensitive and thought provoking book on a common every day occurrence that needs to be addressed.

Nancy Kalvin

I attended the National Family Literacy conference in San Diego last week and had a chance to visit with Ramona Moreno. I told her that I wanted to purchase a copy of The Wooden Bowl for my husband because we recently learned that my father-in-law had been diagnosed with COPD and that he and his brothers were having a difficult time dealing with their father getting older and his condition. I told her that I thought The Wooden Bowl would be a great gift so that they can keep in mind how important it is that no matter how frustrating and difficult it is to watch parents get old we need to treat them as we like being treated. My husband read the book the night I returned from the conference and thank me for his wonderful gift. He very much appreciated the story and the message conveyed in the story. Thank you Ramona for signing the copy for me. We will treasure this gift for a lifetime.


Dia de los Niños/Dia de los Libros Celebration

February 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Posted in Children's books, Cultural Diversity, School Assemblies, Science | Leave a comment

Celebrate Dia de los Niños/Dia de los Libros with

Ramona Moreno Winner

School assemblies featuring Lucas and His Loco Beans (on the Mexican jumping beans) and Freaky Foods From Around the World (on foods from different cultures).Teachers pg1

Meets Core Curriculum Standards for

  • Science,

  • Natural History and

  • Language Arts

What is the strangest food you have eaten?

Have you ever had frog legs?  Why do you think people eat frog legs?

School Assemblies

Students learn about the Mexican jumping bean and the emergence of the Cydia saltitans)  a brown moth whose larva lives in a seed pod.

Memergingmothake learning fun by inviting Ramona to your Dia de los libros/Dia de los niños celebration!

What makes a jumping jump?

Where do jumping beans grow?

How long do jumping beans keep jumping?

Tell me about your experiences with jumping beans.

Contact us at to schedule your assemblies.

Dia de los libros

November 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Posted in Children's books, School Assemblies | Leave a comment
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Dia de los Niños – Dia de los Libros Celebration!

Eating a Cricket Snack!

When food is Strange and quite unknown,

and not familiar like our own,

don’t squirm around making funny faces,

because food comes from different places!

Children line up for crunchy treats common in many countries.

Award Winning Author, Ramona Moreno Winner

presents on Freaky Foods From Around the World – Platillos sorprendentes de todo el mundo.  Recipes from Abuela Nora’s kitchen include:  lengua rasposa de vaca fressca, jugosas pezuñas y  orejas de puerca, chicken feet, crunch and sweet, French fried skunk or roasted rat meat!

Children experience other cultures without leaving home!

Wonderful bilingual presentation for families and children

Fees for presenting:  $250 each hour presentation plus travel and lodging from Santa Barbara, California.

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Freaky Foods Visit El Paso, TX

November 9, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Posted in Children's books, Cultural Diversity, School Assemblies | Leave a comment
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Author Shakes up El Paso!

Award Winning Author, Ramona Moreno Winner shakes up El Paso with her visit to Dr. Sue Shook Elementary on October 27th, where she introduced Mexican Jumping Beans and Freaky Foods From Around the World!

Ramona hooks students with crickets, then delivers an important message on learning about different cultures.  Teachers and students expanded their tastes on October 27th as they learned natural history information about animals used as food around the world.  See following clip:

That’s Not All!

Students learned what makes jumping beans jump, where they grow and the life cycle of the Cydia saltitans (jumping bean moth).  Students were then able to hold the seeds in their hands and feel the wiggling of the larva inside.

A Science lesson that includes all the senses.

The halls of Dr. Sue Shook Elementary were lined with pictures and stories written to Mrs. Winner about her books:

These read:

Picture on left:

I love your book becus I love your pichrs and I love the wrsz.  Are you mord?

Picture on right:

You are a great
author and it has a lot of detel.

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