Saturday, December 1, 2018

Int Spanish - Birch Lane - Late Nov

Hola padres,

I hope you all are doing well and are enjoying this weather. I also hope that you all had a wonderful break and spent it with friends and family.

The students have been doing well in class and enjoying themselves. It was not hard for the students to get back into their class routine. The kids were energized and ready to go. This past we had a small review of previous vocabulary and we learned about emotions this week.

As you can see below the students learned emotions vocabulary such as "happy, sad, angry, surprised, excited" as well as "ready and tired". They also learned some descriptive words like "beautiful, ugly, bitter, clean, dirty". The kids enjoyed this activity since they were able to make their own mask emojis. We also went over how to conjugate and use the verb "estar" which is "to be". The students practiced writing a sentence and drew a picture.


Friday, November 30, 2018

Int Spa - Korematsu - Late Nov Post

Hello TALK Parents!

This week the kids have done some review on a topic they know well: the calendar. We have reviewed the days of the week (as well as yesterday, today, and tomorrow), the months of the year as well as the seasons. The kids have also been working on making associations with the months and the seasons (e.g. Winter starts mid December and ends mid March).

Another thing the kids have also reviewed this past week is how to say when their birthday is in Spanish as well as their birthday season. Speaking of birthdays, we have two birthdays coming up these next two weeks so the kids will be reviewing the birthday song in Spanish to sing to their classmates 🎉🎂

Here is a link to review the days of the week at home. If you would like to challenge your kids in a fun way, ask them to sing along and keep up the pace (the song speeds up!):

The kids collaborated to order the days of the week

The kids also had to try to order the months without prior review

This week the kids worked on a calendar. Next week we will finish it by adding new vocabulary to it: the weather

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to reach out to me via email at

-- Maestra Teresa

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Int. ASL- St James

Hope y’all had a great Thanksgiving break! I’m so thankful that the rain washed away the terrible smoke and clear the air.

After a long break, the students eased back into routine and played Apple to Apple game. Apparently they have never played Apple to Apple game before so they really liked it! It was to help strengthen their use of facial expressions with the green adjective cards and to teach them new signs from the red cards. We also used the red cards to practice constructing a proper ASL sentence, for example: Lobster, Apple pie, Skateboarding, etc.
“Lobster I eat”
“Apple pie my mom made”
“He skateboard fast!”

We also learned about Gallaudet University.
How many Deaf universities are there? 1. Gallaudet is the only one Deaf university.
Where is it? Washington D.C.
Can anyone go there? Yes… however, the environment is mainly signing so you would want to be fluent in ASL when you go there.
Do you want to go there someday? No (they want to go to UC Davis)

Enjoy the rain!
Intermediate ASL teacher
St James

Beg. and Int. ASL at Patwin


I hope your Break was good.  It was good to see my students again.

This week, we worked on $1, $5, $10, .5cents, etc., and how to sign numbers in hundreds such as 100, 200, 300, and so on.

Two students were pretending to be a cashier and selling the pizza.  They did well!
(Sorry, my device wouldn't allow me to transfer pictures to here - this blog.)

They also learned how to sign in ASL from written English.  They seemed they understood.

English: She drives a car.
ASL: Car she drives.

English: I eat.
ASL: (I) me eat.

English: I have three cats.
ASL: three cats I have.

Have a nice weekend!

Monday, November 19, 2018

St James Beg ASL Week 9

Hello TALK Parents!

Hope everyone is safe from the smoky air! The conditions outside meant we didn’t have our TALK ASL class this past Friday. However, prior to our break, the kids and I had a very fun week! We learned some basic food signs this week and did some fun activities!

Below you’ll see pictures of the day the kids made farm animals out of Play Doh (see if you can guess which animals they are!). You’ll also see pictures of the day we colored milkshakes, since our theme for the day was dairy signs!

This class is so artistic, it was so fun to see their creativity!

Stay safe, and have a happy thanksgiving!

-Teacher Naira :)

Friday, November 16, 2018

Int Spanish - Birch Lane - Mid Nov

Hola padres,

I hope you all are doing well. These past weeks the students have been work hard especially since I have added more sentence writing verb conjugations. For week 8 we went over the days of the week. months and seasons. They did well with the this topic and should be able to tell you the months especially the days. Below is the activity from this past Thursday (week 9), and the goal was for the students to use the verb "comer" which is "to eat". They wrote what they like to eat during the upcoming celebrations. We learned about Thanksgiving terms and the students shared what they ate during that time that was not as traditional. As you can see the students did a great job, and they did a marvelous job with their drawings. We had a great time during Thursday's class.

I think I can say we were all getting hungry during class. Hope that you enjoy this upcoming holiday and vacation. Please stay safe!



Thursday, November 15, 2018

Beg. and Int. ASL at Patwin


I hope you are having a good week.  Students and I talked briefly about the smoky for a few days!  We are thinking about others who lost their homes.

Two weeks have been so quickly because there were no classes on Nov. 5th and 12th!  So far, basically, we learned how to sign in ASL from written English.

For Example:

English:  Are you feeling sick?
ASL: You feel sick?

English: I love my dogs!
ASL: dogs I/me love!

For more information:

We will continue to work on that after Thanksgiving Break.

We also worked on numbers.  They already know how to sign from 0 to 10, but signing from 11 to 20 weren't easy to sign.   You can get an idea.   Take a look:

Please ask your children to practice numbers with you.  You can play 4 corners with her/him.  It's just a fun and simple game.  

Have a great break!

Teacher Tara