Happy Mother's Day and a Language Lesson

Aloha everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday especially if you are a mother!

I hope you are able to spend time with your kids and your moms :)

Today I wanted to send a big Mahalo to all of you who have purchased my Aloha unit!  It is something I had planned to make for quite awhile and am so happy that I did.  I am in no way an expert on Hawaii, but having lived here for 10 years I have learned a lot!

I received a nice picture from a fellow teacher in Arizona who had a multicultural fair recently.  She had purchased my unit and added some of her own flair to it.  She is originally from Hawaii :)  I am so honored when I receive such sweet feedback!

I love the foods that they tried-Kalua pork, haupia (coconut pudding), pineapple and macadamia nuts.

Today I am posting my first tutorial!  It is a little language lesson for those of you who may not be as familiar with the Hawaiian language.  I included the pronunciations in my unit, but sometimes it is helpful to hear it.

The next video is one I found that you could show to your students to help them learn and memorize the colors in Hawaiian. 

I also found this DidiPop video that is basically what I just posted but more fun ;)

Our Hawaiian studies teacher used lots of songs to teach our students the Hawaiian language and that is how I have learned too!

I plan to list some resources over the next month to teach more about Hawaii since it is so close to summer and we could all use a little break from our regular curriculum :)  

This week is going to be a busy one for us.  Friday is our annual May Day event and it is a big deal.  Here is my post from last year.   May Day 2012 

The students have been working hard on their dance and all the songs that they will sing.  Here is a sneak peak.  Makua (Our Hawaiian studies teacher) has a beautiful voice and is a talented musician.  She taught me how to play the ukulele and we are so lucky to have her teaching the students.

It's hard learning a song all in Hawaiian, but I know it will be wonderful.

We have to get costumes finished and fine tune all of our dance steps.  I am learning a new hula myself to dance with the teachers.  Wish me luck!


  1. I could have used these tutorials in April when I visited Kauai! Thanks for sharing!

    Literacy Spark

  2. So precious! I love the two songs at the end! This makes me want to live in Hawaii now...
    Swersty’s Swap Shop

  3. This is JUST what I needed! How long will it take me to get all of this down??? HAHA!

    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

    1. I am sure you will pick it up quick Tonya!

  4. Love these videos ! Can't wait to use your Aloha unit....I am saving it until June. Good luck this week, I am sure you and your class will do a fabulous job :)

  5. LOVE! It must be so fun working at your school!

    Teaching Maths with Meaning

    1. Thank you Alison! Some days are better than others ;)

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