When did you start designing curriculum?
I started designing my own curriculum from day one of my teaching career back in 2004. As an ESL teacher in a high-poverty school, I found myself lacking the resources I needed to effectively teach my students. I used what I could find, and supplemented with my own ideas and materials. A few years later I got the opportunity to go to an “Understanding By Design” training in California and became a curriculum design leader in my district. Later I became a curriculum writer and translation coordinator for a larger urban district. However, I didn’t start posting my resources online until 2011.
What program do you use to design your materials?
In 2011 I started designing materials in Microsoft Word. I choose it because it was the program I was the most familiar with. Little did I know that PowerPoint would be so much easier. I had heard several other designers mention it, but didn’t make the switch for another year and half. Now that I’ve switched, I’ll never go back. PowerPoint makes it much easier to manipulate graphics and copy templates and pages from one project to another. I also use some online programs like PicMonkey, Pixler, and Photo Bucket.
Where do you get your clipart and fonts?
I use clipart and fonts from a large variety of sources, but my favorites are: Ashley Hughes, Educasong, Fonts4Teachers, Graphics from the Pond, Kevin And Amanda, Krista Wallden, Melonheadz, Pink Cat Studio, Scrappin Doodles, The 3AM Teacher, Whimsy Cips & Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs. Within each product, we always include a credits page of the clipartists and font designers that we use.
When do you find time to design your materials?
When we first started, we were both working full time, so it was usually in the evenings after our kids went to bed, or in little spurts on the weekends or during our kids’ nap time. This is the first year we decided to dedicate ourselves to designing materials full time while our kids are at school.
What are the terms & conditions for your resources?
All of our resources are designed and copyrighted by us (Nicole and Eliceo Sanchez). We reserve all rights. With the purchase of our resources you have permission to print and copy them for single classroom use only. Electronic sharing and distribution is prohibited.
How did you end up living in Yucatan, Mexico?
It’s a long story, but if you’re curious, you can read our story.