Learning a language requires many, many repetitions of words, and in Maestra Lela's classes we do this by playing, singing, chanting, and acting out the words and phrases. The goal is to make it fun!
In Spanish classes this fall we have studied many things across the grades. Younger students played games and sang songs about colors and phrases like, "My name is..." and, "Good morning." They love the game "Who is Knocking," in Spanish, where we practice using the phrases, "Como te llamas (pronounced 'como tay ya-mas') or 'What is your name?'"and "Me llamo (pronounced 'may yah-mo,') or My name is." They also listened to picture books both in Spanish and about Spanish speaking countries.
First and second grade students studied these same topics, played and sang both inside and outside of the classroom. They learned about Mexican Mayan and Aztec pyramids, a fascinating topic to them. They also listened to picture books read aloud to them, in both Spanish and English.
Second and third graders studied many of these same topics and also classroom objects and action words like walk and jump as we did these actions both outside and inside the classroom. We also practiced the words for over, under, next to, etc. by acting out these words and using them in a chant with actions.
Fourth and fifth graders are working on an informal research project about a Spanish speaking country. They also learned the words for, played games, and did written practice using the words for classroom objects, colors, greetings, and emotion words.
Most classes also watched interactive videos made by kids for kids that teach Spanish.
Overall we have been having a lot of fun as well as getting to know each and what we like. Please ask your child about Spanish class!
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
Goshen teachers are not married to “Teaching to the Test.” They tailor their teaching style to the needs of each class. The freedom to be flexible allows each teacher to discover and address the strengths and weaknesses of each boy and girl.