Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Kindergarten Favorite Song: Ciempiés

Our new favorite song is about a centipede!  Kindergarten students LOVE singing this song.  They even asked me to make sure I put it on the blog so they can share it with you.

Kindergarten Stories: Oso pardo, oso pardo ¿qué ves ahí?

A parent recently asked me about books to read with their kindergarten student in Spanish.  One of my favorite books is the Spanish translation of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"  Kindergarten students love reading about animals!  This story is also a wonderful way to reinforce colors.

In class, we learned that brown is café.  However, the way that we say "brown bear" is oso pardo.  Pardo is another word for brown.

Oso pardo, oso pardo ¿qué ves ahí?
Link to purchase the book from Amazon.

Link to a YouTube reading:

Link to a YouTube video practicing the colors along with the story:

Link to a YouTube video where the story has been turned into a song:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Kindergarten Story: Cinco

This is a video recording of one of the books we read in kindergarten.  We love to sing this book!  Ask your student to show the actions for el pez, el gato, and brinco. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Class Videos

Students have so much fun in Spanish!  Here are some videos to give you a window into our kindergarten and fourth grade classes:

Kindergarten students have been learning a simplified version of the Three Bears, Los tres osos.  They are showing that the soup is too hot, too cold, and just right!

Fourth grade students are learning the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.  In class, we practiced feeling tired and deciding to rest during the race:

We discovered that one of our fourth grade students could make an amazing duck noise, so we added un pato to one of our stories!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Peek Into Kindergarten

We have been so busy in Kindergarten Spanish!  Here are some photos to give you a peek into our classes.

Singing one of our favorite songs, Chu chu ua:

We love Spanish class!

We are learning family members.  This is la abuela.

El papá oso es grande.

La mamá osa es mediana.

El bebé oso es pequeño.

Ricitos de Oro.

¿Cómo estás hoy?  ¡Muy feliz!

El gato es muy pequeño.

TPR actions with animals:

El perro.

El gato.

Friday, September 9, 2016

September Update - 4th Grade

¡Bienvenidos!  We have hit the ground running in fourth grade Spanish.  We began the school year by sharing what we did over the summer.  Then we jumped right into our first story: a simplified version of The Tortoise and the Hare.  Students are greatly enjoying reading and acting out the story of El conejo y la tortuga.  

Our culture focus this year is Spain.  We have already learned some basic facts about Spain:

  • Está en Europa.
  • Está en la Península Ibérica.
  • Población: 46,77 millones.
  • Capital: Madrid
We are also learning about the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route to the city of Santiago de Compostela.  Students were impressed to learn that el camino francés, one of the most popular routes to Santiago de Compostela, is over 780 kilometers (some sources say 798 kilometers).  They were also amazed to learn that pilgrims have been walking the Camino de Santiago for almost 1,000 years.  

This week, we started doing "Special Person Interviews", in which we spend an entire class period interviewing a student (the "special person").  Students love being the "Special Person".  It is a wonderful way for all of us to get to know each other while practicing basic conversational phrases in Spanish like ¿Cómo te llamas?, ¿Cuántos años tienes?, and ¿Cómo es tu familia?

Starting next week, if you stop by school, come and check out our "Special Person" posters in the language hallway.  Each poster features a student who has been our "Special Person", with their photo and information about them.  Our first "Special Person" posters will be in the hallway starting Tuesday, September 13.

September Update - Kindergarten

¡Bienvenidos!  We are having so much fun in kindergarten Spanish!  We are studying numbers, family members, basic animals, and sizes.  We are learning many of these vocabulary words through a simplified version of the Three Bears, Los tres osos.  Students have had a lot of fun pretending to be el papá oso, la mamá osa, and el bebé oso.

We are having a lot of fun singing songs in Spanish!  Here are some of our favorites:

Chu chu ua:

Cuenten conmigo:

Buenos días: