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 info@brainstorm3000.com

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, Stacy.lambert@pisd.edu, 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, saguirre@sisd.net, 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 @vtusd.k12.ca.us, 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  @ Cstanford@Brazosportisd.net 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

 

Author Visits Phoenix Airport

September 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Posted in Book Reviews, Children's books, Science | Leave a comment
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Author, Ramona Moreno Winner, autographs copies of Lucas and His Loco Beans at the Phoenix International Airport, Phoenix, AZ.

Amongst her customers were three elementary teachers, two aspiring authors, a former Head Start administrator, and several children with parents in tow.

Young Cole does a wonderful imitation of a jumping bean.

Victoria poses with Mrs. Winner after having her book signed.

Never too young for jumping beans!

Lucas and His Loco Beans is a good pick-me-up book for back-to-school students.  Meets core curriculum requirements for elementary school Science.  If you are between flights, visit a Paradies Shops Store for an autographed copy and jumping beans.

To order a book,  contact us at info@brainstorm3000.com.

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.

Rosa

Mexican Jumping Beans

August 2, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Posted in Children's books | Leave a comment
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Lucas and His Loco Beans – A Tale of the Mexican jumping beans.

Stock up on your copies of Lucas and His Loco Beans, a Tale of the Mexican jumping beans.  Beans will be available for purchase within the next week or two at: http://www.jumpingbeansrus.com/jbhome.asp

Lucas and His Loco Beans has been a favorite of students and teachers across the country.  It is an award winning bilingual title with a dynamic cultural and science base.

Lucas’ and his abuelo trek up into the mountains in search of the loco beans abuelo played with as a youth.  Join Lucas on this adventure as he learns what makes the jumping beans jump.

The National Science Teachers’ Association has developed curriculum for this book that can be found in their More Picture Perfect Science Lessons.  See how the book and beans are used in the classroom:

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Meet the Author, Ramona Moreno Winner, and learn more about this wonderful title:

See for yourself how school children LOVE learning about jumping beans!

Purchase your copies by visiting our website: http://www.brainstorm3000.com

Cultural Diversity in the Classroom

May 13, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Posted in Cultural Diversity | 2 Comments
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Diversity in the Classroom

We need only to look around in the classroom to see faces that are so different than our own.  With these faces come different cultures and traditions.  How can we begin learning about each other?  By incorporating cultural information into daily curriculum.  This is not as hard as one would think.  In the next few paragraphs, I’ll show you how!

Just about every school has a unit on metamorphosis.  Instead of studying the butterfly, let’s study the Mexican Jumping Bean.  Yes, you read correctly, jumping beans!  Rather than watching a jar filled with twigs and a still pupa, the students will observe a moving seed carpal (seed segment) sporting larva that eventually go dormant, undergo metamorphosis, and release a moth.  Grown in the high Sonora dessert of Mexico, these magical seeds grow on tall bushes up in the mountains where they are harvested in early summer.  In the classroom they can be used in Math to calculate the frequency and distance a seed moves, in Science to experiment how heat and cold affect movement, in English to introduce Folklore, and in Geography when exploring the wonders of our world.  With each application, students have an opportunity to learn a bit about Mexican culture and the frijoles saltarines.

What is the origin or your name?  My name, Ramona, means great beauty.  Not Really – ha ha!  Ramona is Germanic or Spanish in origin and means wise or protector.  My son Lucas is a bringer of light and the origins of that name is Latin.  The name Layla is Arabic and means night.  What fun can be had in researching the origin of names in a classroom and celebrating each finding.

I love a crispy, hot french fry.  Where do you think the potato originates from?  Let your students guess and see what they come up with.

I have been teaching workshops on cultural diversity for several years now and I enjoy seeing the faces of educators light up when they realize how simple it is to incorporate cultural learning into everyday learning.  I am thrilled to receive emails from teachers telling me how they used the information we shared in a workshop with their students and how this led to some wonderful discussion.

I hope I have sparked your interest and you will join me again at this site to explore different cultures.

“Diversity is not about how we differ.
Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.”
Ola Joseph (inspirational speaker)

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