We are having all kinds of fun in Spanish class!
I try to catch the students' interests and relate them to what we are studying in Spanish so that they are more motivated to learn the language. Did you know that there are twenty-two Spanish speaking countries in the world? There are a lot of places to meet Spanish speakers and to learn about new Latino cultures!
Learning new vocabulary takes many, many repetitions for most students, so we frequently use the same words in Spanish in new ways. One way is the "Total Physical Response" method, which is used to act out verbs and location words and to practice phrases like "open the door", "touch the bookshelf" and "go under the table".
We also sing in Spanish class every day, as we review basic greetings, introductions, and learn new topics.
One of the highlights of last semester was when a parent came in with toys, restaurant menus, photos, shells, and other things that she brought back from her trip to Spain. If you can come in to talk about a Spanish speaking country you have visited, or if you have a friend who is a native Spanish speaker (or if you are!), we would welcome a visit!
If your child wants to work on his or her Spanish on the computer, here are some suggestions for websites to try:
Nos vemos pronto,Maestra Lela
Fifth grade graduates are effective communicators and creative problem solvers and approach transitions with self-assurance. They are not only prepared for a middle school setting; they are "ready" in every sense.