Our preschoolers continue showing their usual enthusiasm as a new lesson is introduced. We have consistently been practicing our numbers, colors and animals throughout the year. We have also been learning our letters and how they sound in the Spanish alphabet in relation with words. They are quick to grasp new concepts! We took a leap last class for I attempted to read the Spanish translation of The Three Bears –“Los Tres Osos”. We reviewed some important words that they would find repeated in the story, such as: oso, grande, pequeῇo, sopa, plato, cama, to help with comprehension.
Kindergartners continue using learned vocabulary in the form of numbers from 1-15, colors, and animals. They are zooming through the alphabet chart learning the names of each letter, its sound, words to go with each letter and a couple of rules for reading them. They can’t wait to get to our last letter Z (Zeta), like zapato! We are now learning the parts of the face and body and they love singing the Spanish counterpart to the English “Head, shoulders, knees and toes” (cabeza, hombros, rodillas y pies).
First and Second graders love watching Spanish videos which I try to incorporate after the end of a new lesson as well as to review learned vocabulary. Games are their favorite venue to learning. The game UNO has become one of their favorites as it reinforces numbers and colors. They also enjoy playing the game “Luz verde, luz amarilla y luz roja”. Coloring and simple writing activities are also incorporated to further support the lessons being taught.
Third grade is moving with great speed! We have started tackling weekly spelling quizzes in which they will be able to utilize their ongoing learning on how to write words correctly based on phonetics (how they sound) as well as some simple grammatical principles. Incorporating new vocabulary each week is also an integral part of their progress to becoming better at writing and reading. I believe we are ready to start reading simple stories in which I will be able to help with pronunciation as well as comprehension. We are working towards learning how to count to 100! Finally, we are ready to start our unit on Spain.
In 4th Grade, we continue learning new vocabulary. We use different printed materials based on what’s been learned. They are also beginning to read Spanish paragraphs in which they are evaluated on their pronunciation and comprehension. Pop-quizzes are common… Students enjoy making up their own games as long as we get to use Spanish! We are entering into a new unit on Spain and are deciding if a trip to a Spanish restaurant in which they get to order food ONLY in Spanish might be a possibility.