Welcome back to school! We have an exciting year planned for Spanish! Here are some highlights:
-PreK-1st grade will be learning the alphabet in Spanish. Each week, we'll learn to pronounce the letter correctly in Spanish (Spanish is a phonetic language, so if students know how each letter sounds, they can pronounce words correctly in Spanish!) . Also, we'll talk about words, places, and people whose names start with the letter of the week. Finally, we'll learn a topic that begins with that letter. This week, we read "Chica Chica Bum Bum" (can you figure that one out in English?). Each week in Spanish, the students are excited to see the letter of the week climbing up the "cocotero" in my classroom. At the end of the year, when we have learned the entire alphabet, will we have "Chica Chica Bum Bum?"
-2nd-5th graders are learning how to learn another language this week. We talked about using the 7 "Cs": Context, Clues, Conversation, Cognates, Connections, Common Expressions, and Confidence. We learned how to use each of these tools to help figure out what's being said when they hear another language. Ask your student to describe how we use each of these in Spanish class. We will be using the book, "Descubre el Español" this year to guide our class times. We'll read from the textbook, practice a dialogue (Ooh! We love to dress up when we do this!), and complete some workbook pages. Then, we'll learn about our country of the month. I speak more and more Spanish in class as the students get older so we'll be jumping right in next week!