Hola a todos!!!
Mi nombre es Lucia Diaz, and if we did our job right last week, the children should be able to introduce themselves as well as say their age and gender in Spanish. As you all know, after two weeks of review and introductions we splitted into two groups: Beginning & Intermediate/Advanced Spanish. I'll be teaching Intermediate /Advanced Spanish. Feel free to send me an email with your questions or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Spanish comes from Colombia, which is more similar to Castellano from Spain than to the Spanish spoken in Mexico, so don't be surprised if we learn new or different vocabulary. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions about the content of the classes. I'll be willing to email you a copy of the weekly lesson plan if you're interested on knowing what we learn every week. Just email me your request, and I'll be glad to send you a copy of the lesson plan. Also, you can take a look at the lesson plan at the beginning of each week since I'll be posting a printed copy at the door on Mondays.
I'll be updating this blog every two weeks, so you can follow our curriculum as well as view work samples from class, or tips on how to reinforce at home what they've learned so far.
As far for the first two weeks, we went over a wide review with both groups focusing on: Introductions: (Me llamo___. Tengo __ años. Soy un(a) niño(a).), Greetings: (Hola, Adios, Como estas? Muy bien, Buenos Dias/Tardes/Noches), Vowels' and letters' sounds: (including the new Spanish letters: ll, rr, ch, ñ), Days of the week: (Lunes, Martes, Miercoles, Jueves, Viernes, Sabado, Domingo), Me gusta/No me gusta: ( I like/dislike), and manners: Por favor (please), and Gracias (thank you).
At the end of this blog, you'll see some pictures from the activity Me gusta/No me gusta, where students drew something they like/don't like. We got very creative responses!
One of the objectives of this level will be to incorporate more reading and speaking activities as well as active listening since I'll be giving instructions in Spanish gradually depending on the group response. One of my goals is also to introduce parts of Latino American culture by reading one Spanish book per week and by learning new songs and typical Spanish games every week. We've been trying the games: Telefono roto and 1,2,3 Estatua!, which have been a hit among the students!
This week, the Intermediate /Advanced group will go over formas & colores (shapes & colors). In our new room, Studio F aka Ballet Room, we'll be able to do lots of fun & kinesthetic activities. At the end of this week, we'll celebrate our week of learning by playing: twister with colors and shapes.
One activity we'll be trying a lot, and you can also try it at home, is describing what color or shape are their clothes, shoes, back packs, or any other object around them. That's a great activity when you're bored standing in line, waiting for something, or taking a long trip on the car. Feel free to try it, and let me know how it goes!
In addition, here's a link to the song of the vowels we learned last week, which includes rhymes in Spanish. It has a catchy tune, and besides singing it with the lyrics, the kids also had to act out the song last week, so go ahead and play it at home, and see how much of it they'll remember!
Ronda de las vocales: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9r0b1kDAlo
Gracias por su tiempo & seguimos en contacto!