Monday, October 15, 2018

Birch Lane - Int Spanish - Mid Oct

Hola padres,

I hope you all find yourselves doing fine, and had a good start to the week. These past three weeks have been fun. All the students have been getting to know each other and have been working hard. We have worked on a couple of stuff such as numbers, colors, shapes, animals and introductions.

We have yet to start some projects, but here are some work/drawings the students have finished.

The students had to write a sentence and draw what the sentence is about. They all used the same verb in their sentence, which is "gustar".


Irene Sanchez

If any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Patwin Beginning & Intermediate ASL


My name is Tara Williams and I have been teaching Beginning and Intermediate ASL at Patwin Elementary School this year.  It has been nice getting to know all the children and they have been motivated to learn ASL.

On our first week we started to sign on Greetings and Introductions.  On the second week, we signed on commands and useful sentences.  On the third week, we learned how to introduce each other by our personal identity.  On the fourth week, we learned more fun vocabulary on colors and shapes.  We have been practice finger-spelling ABC's.

Children are learning pretty quickly!  

Here are some pictures of these past two weeks:
 They picked their favorite colors and colored in the shapes.  We played a game called, "I Spy".
 We practiced finger-spelling with Alphabet Bingo.  They enjoyed that game!
We used Flower Pot (same as the game hangman, but it's a friendlier version of the game).  Students do their Flower Pot every morning to continue practice on their finger-spelling.

It would be fun if you play "I Spy" (using colors and shapes) with your child(ren) at home.  They actually like to "hide" their own colors and shapes and they think it is a fun game.  

Int Spanish - Korematsu - Mid October Post

 ¡Hola padres de TALK! :) 

These first weeks of TALK at Korematsu have been great! The kids have been reviewing introductions in class, as well as learning about the 21 Spanish speaking countries! We also have reviewed numbers 1-100 and a few commands.

Something that I have incorporated into the classroom this year is "País de la semana" where I talk to the kids about a Spanish speaking country for the whole week (~5 minutes each day at the beginning of class). We have learned about Cuba and it's music: el son. Last week we learned about Costa Rica and their food: chocolate and coffee, as well as their lifestyle phrase "Pura vida" (in English pure life).

For this upcoming week we are going to start to review colors and shapes and start to focus a bit more on sentence building and a few verb conjugations for the verbs we use most in class such as gustar (to like), tener (to have) and ser/estar (to be). We will also be learning about Argentina and it's famous dance: ¡el tango!

Here are some pictures of this past two weeks:

The kids reviewed introduction questions and interviewed each other to practice their pronunciation 

The kids played a game where they had to guess where all 21 Spanish speaking countries were located around the world

Some of our students working on a word search with all the Spanish speaking countries and color coding a map of the world to see where the countries are located

During Week 3 the kids learned a bit about Cuba (such as music, and food)

During Week 4 the kids learned about about Costa Rica (such as flora and fauna) 

If you ever have any questions, comments or concerns do not hesitate to reach me via email at

Un saludo,

Maestra Teresa

Friday, September 28, 2018

Welcome Beginning French - DAC!

Bonsoir chers parents!

My name is Charlène Pham and I will be teaching Beginning French at the Davis Art Center this year! I am extremely thrilled to get to know all the children and teach them French! Not only will I teach them French but I will also be incorporating culture and history to broaden their worldly knowledge, which I am truly most excited about.

These past couple weeks have been quite focused on the basics such as introductions, colors, favorite animals, days of the week and the months, numbers according to age and most commonly used phrases such as:

Thank you/you're welcome - Merci/ De rien
Please/excuse-me - S'il vous plait/ excusez-moi
What is your name? - Comment t'appelles-tu?
How old are you? - Quel age as-tu?
What is your favorite color? - Quelle est ta couleur préferè?
What is your favorite animal? Quel est ton animal préferè?

We will be tackling the alphabets and more basics next week before getting into more specifics subjects! There will be lots of games and lots of fun planned ahead!

I am truly delighted to be working with such brights kids this semester! If you ever have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at :)

Thank you all for taking the time to read this blog and I wish you a great weekend!

Charlène Pham

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Welcome Spanish Intermediate - Korematsu

¡Hola padres de TALK! ☺

My name is Teresa Herrera-Guerrero and I will be teaching Spanish Intermediate at Korematsu this year (yay!).

This past week we reviewed introductions, and greetings. The kids worked on an "About Me" page where they got to write a little bit more about their favorite things (such as their favorite foods, colors, season, movies, and more), using full Spanish sentences!

The kids' About Me page
Here is a list of the things reviewed in class last week that you can practice at home with your child:

  • My name is ______ / Mi nombre es _______
  • I am _______ years old / Yo tengo _______ años
  • I am from ______ / Yo soy de _________
  • Hello / Hola
  • Goodbye / Adiós
  • Good morning / Buenos días
  • Good afternoon / Buenas tardes
  • Good evening/night / Buenas noches
  • Thank you / Gracias
  • Please  / Por favor
  • You're welcome / De nada
  • See you later / Hasta luego
  • Sorry / Lo siento 
  • Excuse me / Compermiso 
  • How are you? / ¿Cómo estás?
  • What's your name? / ¿Cómo te llamas?
  • Where are you from? / ¿De dónde eres?
  • Where do you live? / ¿Dónde vives?
  • How old are you? / ¿Cuántos años tienes?
  • What day is it today? / ¿Qué día es hoy?
  • What is that? ¿Qué es eso?
  • How do you say ____? / ¿Cómo se dice _____? 
I am super excited to be working with your kids this semester :) if you ever have any questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to reach me at

Un saludo,

Maestra Teresa 

Friday, June 1, 2018

North Davis Elementary Intermediate Spanish

¡Hola Padres!

It was a pleasure being their teacher. I am so proud of them for showing such great improvement since the beginning of the semester. They are all wonderful children and I hope to see them again next semster! 

The following are pictures of their work and games we played throughout the semesters. 

This wall shows one wall out of the four which we used for the game Four Corners. The lesson was to learn I have and I am. For this wall, it says I have and they wrote things they had. 

                                                  Top photo: Here the students are playing conversation jenga. 
                                   Bottom photo: Students are playing matamoscas, a game in which they slap the target words given.                                  Top photo: Here the students are playing conversation jenga. 

   Bottom photo: Students are made origami houses to learn the parts of a house.

 Students are divided into two teams and are racing to see who can answer the questions first. 

These two pictures show their family tree and how they described their family.


  This is a cootie catcher we made to learn how to ask questions.

  Here students are playing Los articulos hopscotch.

¡ Muchas Gracias!
Maestra Jocelyne 

Beginning Spanish-Korematsu :)

Estimados Padres de Familia:

This school year was exceptional! The kids have shown an outstanding progress.

As the year came to a close,  I was delighted to see how each kid implemented a new word to their vocabulary each day.  I admired their curiosity and creativity to learn. I'm very proud of their progress and I hope that they continue to learn in this manner in the days to come.

The following are pictures of the work they've done throughout the school year. 

Thank you so much for  everything!

Lizeth Cruz