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Grandfather Ratoncito Perez and the Apprentice Tooth Fairy

Grandfather Ratoncito PerezTooth fairy? Money? Spanish and English? All the makings of a unique and perfect book for reading —- and learning —- with children! Right away, I was drawn to the clever story and the many potential extension activities that easily build out of this story. No wonder. Look at the author!  Virginia Walton Pilegard. Just recently, I wrote a post about her series of Warlord’s mathematical adventures. She is fabulous. As always, an enjoyable opportunity for teaching and learning.


The original tale of El Ratoncito Perez began 120 years ago, with a small rodent who leaves presents and coins for children under their pillows after losing a tooth. Spanish writer Luis Coloma wrote the story for the eight year old Prince Alphonso (more of the history and original tale). The original story included a moral about helping the poor of the country, but this part of the tale is often forgotten now, as young ones simply know of the mouse who collects teeth in a small red bag. Children in Spain still wait for the Ratoncito Perez after losing a tooth, just as others do all across Latin America and Europe. You will even find a museum for Raton Perez in Madrid, Spain (visit online at The original “home” of Raton Perez was at Calle Arenal #8 near Puerta del Sol in Madrid. Today you can still visit and find a small statue, plaque and gift shop.

El Ratoncito Perez is now known by a variety of names in a variety of locations: el raton de dientes, La Bonne Petite Souris in France, Topolino in Italy, El Ratoncito Perez in Spain and Argentina, el Raton in Mexico, Venezuela & Guatemala. Another opportunity to bring in geography and culture for little ones who want to learn more about the tooth fairies & mice around the world! For more about the original tale and the Spanish Institute for Miguel Cervantes, go to  Centro Virtual Cervantes (Spanish)


Now this story of the tooth mouse actually includes an apprentice tooth fairy – and she needs some assistance with money. Jenny is a young fairy, new to her job delivering money to children who have lost a tooth. She attempts to carry one hundred pennies, only to drop them because it is just too heavy. Among the scattered pennies she discovers a door and a voice – leading her to Grandfather Ratoncito Perez and his grandson, Miguel. Grandfather helps Jenny understand how the one hundred pennies are the same amount of money as four quarters, twenty nickels, and ten dimes. Finally Jenny decides to carry ten dimes in her bag, as this is the lightest option. She flies off to deliver her coins, much to the happiness of young Joshua. When she returns to the fairy Queen, she tells her the poem she composed while flying home.

006Four quarters make one dollar;

Twenty nickles just as well.

Ten dimes are light to carry,

One hundred fairy pennies fell.

This little rhyme is perfect for young ears and will help kids understand pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. A coffee filter works perfectly for a little round bag like Jenny’s bag in the book, and a little piece of yarn to tie the bag of money – students can practice with their fairy bags of money and Jenny’s poem as well!


A Teacher’s Twitter List: 12 Folks that I Follow (and why)

I started using Twitter about a year ago. A friend told me I would love it. Admittedly, I was skeptical, twitterbut she was right. Twitter is a great way to connect with people with the same interests and it is an excellent resource for teachers. I follow a lot of people on twitter and it helps me find interesting articles, lesson plans and ideas. Here is a list of 12 folks that I follow regularly!

Alice Keeler.  @alicekeeler  All things Google! So I am NOT a tech teacher. I can easily become baffled and confused when attempting to say, load videos on my blog or figure out how to use slides with Google. I was recently in a friend’s classroom watching her students work on laptops and I immediately thought wow, could I use a classroom full of laptops to their fullest potential? Not on my own. So that’s why I read Alice Keeler. She has awesome tweets (and blog posts) and I actually learn something from every one that I read. If you have a tech question in the classroom, search Alice’s blog posts and tweets!

Todd Whitaker. @ToddWhitaker  Todd is an educator, author and speaker. He posts about leadership, education reform and inspiring quotes. Often found under #edchat.

Dave Burgess  @burgessdave  Teach Like A Pirate. Need I say more? Dave is passionate, interesting and tweets regularly with relevant and inspiring information for teachers. Pirate!

Erin Klein. @KleinErin  First off I love the pictures of her classroom on her blog (I think that’s how I found her actually). Her tweets are relevant and interesting. She has a healthy mix of technology in the classroom as well as reading and curriculum tweets. She is a teacher in Michigan and she blogs regularly as well.

We Are Teachers. @WeAreTeachers  Someone told me this is like Facebook for teachers. I don’t know exactly how accurate that it, since it might be that We Are Teachers is actually more interesting! I like the WAT posts and they often have give-a-ways for teachers. Who doesn’t like winning free stuff?

Kylene Beers. @KyleneBeers  (I am a huge fan of Notice & Note: Close Reading Strategies). If you are interested in reading, English language arts, comprehension strategies, then Kylene Beers is someone you need to follow. She chats on twitter and posts interesting links. Someday I am determined to make it to NCTE and see Kylene present – until then, I follow her on twitter and read everything she writes!

John Gunnell  @gunnellAP  John Gunnell is a middle school principal. I like his tweets because they are always focused on students and how we can all work toward a better education system for our students. Find him under #edchat regularly.

Carol Jago. @CarolJago  I first heard Carol Jago speak at a CATE conference about 14 years ago and I still remember it. Carol is an amazing speaker and it is inspiring to listen to her discuss curriculum. I love her book With Rigor for All. And her book on teaching Nikki Giovanni. And Alice Walker too. Her books are practical and interesting. If Carol’s name is on the text or the tweet, it’s worth reading. Done.

Siobhan Curious. @siobhancurious  Teachers are People Too. I like the byline, so that says something right there. Siobhan (a pseudonym) is a teacher in Canada in a CEGEP program, similar to a junior college. What I like about her posts is that they are both honest and funny. She is a teacher who cares about students and writes about all the ups and downs of teaching English, writing, and yes, spending hours grading essays. She also posts a Top Ten Books of the Year (I LOVE book lists!). Worth reading her tweets and her blog posts.

Dr. Justin Tarte  @justintarte  I like reading Dr. Tarte’s tweets, always focused on teaching, educating, keeping students’ best interests at heart, and looking for ways to improve education for all. You can often find his tweets under #edchat and #unionrxi

Kristen Swanson. @kristenswanson  Another educator who knows so much more than I do about technology! She is part of Edcamp (definitely worth checking out) and posts regularly about technology, leadership, learning, and teacher education. You will learn something from her tweets!

Kevin English. @KevinMEnglish  So I stumbled across this twitter handle and I’m glad that I did. Kevin is a third year English teacher in Michigan, an avid reader, and his posts are interesting and thoughtful. You can also check out his blog at englishseducation (I recently added it to my blogroll).

 Who do you follow on twitter? Please share! I love looking for new, interesting tweets!

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