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¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español!

Preschool and Pre-K children have a weekly Spanish lesson in their own classroom. I travel to Kindergarten classrooms twice weekly. From the beginning, I introduce numbers and vocabulary words in Spanish through songs, stories, and games. Whenever possible, we use age-appropriate classroom materials to reinforce learning. Bilingual story books, blocks, Legos, counting bears, maps, puzzles, music, crayons, and markers are all great resources for learning... ¡en inglés y en español!

First-grade students have Spanish twice each week. I come to their classroom, which gives me the opportunity to work with Mrs. Mitchell on lessons that complement what they are doing in Social Studies, math, and language studies. We are beginning with a unit on Mexico that includes an introduction to North America, the Mexican flag, and the Aztec culture. It will prepare us for a celebration of Mexican Independence Day on September 16. ¡Viva México! First-graders play a key role in our Las Posadas celebration each December. Games, music, and picture books also bring to life many aspects of Hispanic culture, history, and geography for these eager learners.

Second-grade students have Spanish class twice a week and come to our Spanish classroom for instruction. We are studying the Spanish names for crayon colors so, in coming weeks, we can describe things around us. Our vocabulary will include things we use in the classroom and outside wonders like butterflies, autumn leaves, and pumpkins! Throughout the year, second graders will also study and participate in holidays and traditions of the Spanish-speaking world.

Third-grade students also come to our Spanish classroom twice weekly. They are currently studying the Spanish alphabet and learning to spell their names with Spanish letters. They will soon use this skill to read and retain more Spanish vocabulary! I will also be working with Mrs. Crawford on lessons to complement the third-grade Social Studies curriculum. Third-graders will learn more about holidays and traditions of the Spanish-speaking world, including Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) and Las Posadas in December. Educational videos, library books, traditional music, and guest speakers are other “windows” through which they will learn about the countries and cultures that compose the Spanish-speaking world.

Fourth-grade students have Spanish in our classroom three times each week. They are currently reviewing the Spanish alphabet and learning to spell their first and last names with Spanish letters. They will eventually use these skills to read and discuss a real Spanish story! Next spring, fourth grade will study the Spanish edition of The Story of Ferdinando the Bull. Videos, fiction and non-fiction picture books, traditional music, and guest speakers are other “windows” through which fourth-graders expand their knowledge of the Spanish language and culture.

Fifth-grade students have three Spanish classes each week. They review and build upon themes, structures, and vocabulary previously introduced in the Teach Them Spanish curricula. Games, projects, original writing, and role-playing are all fun and active ways that we reinforce prior knowledge and continue to introduce new structures in fifth grade. In December, fifth-graders lead our Las Posadas procession and chapel service. Throughout the year, they will also create projects on Spanish-speaking countries and explore ways in which famous Spanish-speaking individuals have changed the course of history.