Welcome Back Parents!
We're so thrilled to be able to teach Spanish to your kids. We'll have a fun & rewarding year!
So far, these past weeks, we have reviewed el alfabeto (the alphabet), numeros 1-15 (numbers), and introductions.
At home, you can practice introducing yourself with your child.
Hola, Mucho gusto! (Hello, Nice to meet you!)
Me llamo... (My name is...)
Tengo ... años. (I have # years- not that you introduce your name and age to strangers, but it's useful to know how to say how old you are in Spanish)
You can also quiz your children on which are the new Spanish letters that are not in the English alphabet: ñ , ch, ll & rr.
Next week, we'll be working on shapes & colors. Beside our lesson, I found this practical website where children can practice vocabulary on shapes with online games. The more your kids practice Spanish, the more they'll remember. Practice at home will help them to associate the names and remember them. Here's the link: http://www.spanishplayground.net/shapes-spanish-online-games-kids/
Finally, as you've noticed, this year we have a new activity: Viernes de Pachanga! (Party on Friday). We, the teachers, discussed beside language we wanted to introduce the kids to the Latino culture. & What best way to do it than through our music? Every Friday, we'll introduce new rhythms from different countries. It's also a great way to start the last day of the week with lots of energy ready for the school day. So far, we've danced: merengue (From: Santo Domingo), la macarena (From: Spain), and Mexican cumbia. Along the dancing time we introduce at lest three new Spanish words such as directions, parts of the body, verbs, and numbers.
Here are the youtube video links for those songs in case you want to ask your children to teach you the dance & have a great time at home dancing together (Viernes de Pachanga can continue at home, why not?)
Merengue: El Gato Garabato: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBDRz_UuJRU
La Macarena: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oheDG30cYT8
Mexican Cumbia (Selena) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW4QRkQe110
Todos a bailar!!!