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SPANISH with Paula Wicks


El Espanol/noviembre,2009


Overview: Counting by 2s,3s, and 4s
Emotions/feelings vocabulary
The verbs "estar" and "tener"
Family vocabulary
Locations in a town/city
Prepositon review

CHILDREN'S HOUSES

We practiced the prepositions "encima" (on top of)
and "debajo" (under) with little table, rugs and cloth squares.
The children enjoyed positioning little bugs using the target vocabulary.

We practiced verbs by doing a variety of actions and
telling about it (Yo__________. I_______________). We also put together a book about verbs called "Yo Puedo/I Can.

The children enjoyed reading their books. We reviewed the colors with turkeys! The children matched the color with the color word. The older students were especially helpful with the reading.

Looking ahead to December, we will do cultural activities centering around the holidays as celebrated in Spanish-speaking countries. We continue to have lots of fun singing songs and
moving during our "line" time at the beginning of each class. We have practiced colors, school words, opposites, and counting with songs and movement.

KINDERGARTEN

The children really enjoy matching pictures to words in Spanish. Their reading skills are really coming along. At this level we are concentrating on initial sounds to help us decode the Spanish words. We have done colors, numbers, and school vocabulary this way.

The children enjoyed playing bingo to practice the numbers and colors as well. They labeled just about everything in the After School Room (also known as my Spanish Room) with the school vocabulary labels. First they wrote the missing initial letter and then they taped the label on the appropriate classroom item! Our Spanish notebooks are filling up fast with new vocabulary words.

We worked on a book called "Primer Dia de Escuela" or "First Day of School." We read the book together and I met with each child to do a final page illustrating something that was new (nuevo) to them on the first day of school.

Looking ahead to December, we will be cutting out snowflakes and using them to create a picture of our families. This is a fun way to practice vocabulary and the children love to cut out the snowflakes!

LOWER ELEMENTARY

First Years: Poem-"Pito,Pito,Colorito" We are learning a new poem and will soon recite it for the entire class. We have been working on emotion words and the sentence "Yo estoy (feeling). The children
are beginning to understand that the emotion word has to agree with the subject of the sentence-boy or girl.

We have begun family vocabulary. In order to identify the person we are using the sentences "Es el_______. or "Es la________". We are working on a family tree which will show grandparents (abuelos)
mom(madre) dad(padre) son (hijo) and daughter(hija.).

The children continue to practice Spanish outside of class with simples assignments. They are getting used to organizing their work in the Lower El classroom to include their Spansh work. The notebooks
are looking very organized and neat as well.

Looking forward to December, we will hear a Mexican Christmas Story and do simple poinsetta project.


Second Years: Poem-"Las Hojas". The second years will be writing this simple poem and illustrating it with leaves which they will trace. Our emotion work not only includes Yo" sentences;but, "Tu" (You) sentences as well. They practice "Yo estoy____. and Tu estas ___." to tell about their feelings. The children made games to help them practice sentence structure.

We are studying family vocabulary with the added words "tia/tio" aunt/uncle" We will be constructing family trees as well.

Looking ahead, we will be reading a poem called "Nana,Nanita" for the holidays. Of course it is written in Spanish so it will be a challenge! This poem is a good review of color words.


Third Years: Story-"Feliz Cumpleanos" We are color-coding this story by underlining new vocabulary words and drawing pictures of them using the underling color. The children can easily read and understand the books and look forward to adding new pages in each class.

Our emotion vocabulary has added the "He/She" element to the "I" "You" element. They are practicing "Yo estoy_____" Tu estas______. and El/Ella esta_______ to tell about feelings. They
are really getting proficient with the agreement (Masculine/feminine) as well.

Family vocab has added "cousins" (primo and prima) to the list of words from first and second years. I am in the process of deciding whether we will do trees or wreaths as a final project.

Shortly we will begin to write in journal pages for each class. At first this is very difficult for the children. Writing in Spanish is new and challenging for them. After about a month, you would be surprised at how well they rise to the challenge.

UPPER ELEMENTARY

Fourth Years-The fourth years begin each class with a vocabulary words challenge. They get to practice old and new vocabulary as well as do a bit of writing. They seem to look forward to completing a new page each class. We practiced emotion words with the full "estar" conjugation (Yo, Tu, El, Ella, Nosotros, Ellos, Ellas). Not only do they
have to be aware of the verb changes with each subject; they also have to make the emotion words agree, masculine and feminine!! Quite an
accomplishment! If quizzes are any indication, this class has certainly done an excellent job with emotions!

We are studying family words with the use of "Se llama"(people's names) and the possessives "Mi/Mis" "My" singular and plural. We are working on a chart of our families. I enjoy hearing from each student as they present their charts to the class, en espanol, of course.

Looking ahead to December, the children will orally read a Mexican Christmas story and answer questions both written and oral.

Our project will be a poinsetta pinwheel.

Fifth/Sixth Years-We continue to work on our writing with journal pages. We write a rough draft during one class, do corrections, and write a final draft the next class. I have noticed that they are making less mistakes as they become accustomed to writing in Spanish. Practice makes perfect!

For our study of emotions, we learned two verbs, "estar" and "tener". Although "estar" is one of the "to be" verbs, the translation of "tener"
is literally "to have". The children have been able to use both verbs with ease and have learned the expressions that go with each verb.

Our study of family will include the members of the family and also locations in town. We are making simple maps, naming the streets,and telling about who works where. This is also a good opportunity
to do a little preposition review as we discuss where buildings are located in town.

In December we will study a poem "La Rama" We will decorate an actual "rama" (Branch) and make "aguinaldos" (gift container) as we study a bit about the culture of South America during the holidays.



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