This year we are rocking it straight out of the gate! We wasted no time meeting and greeting, although we did do a little bit of that.
7/8th grade students are already learning how to speak and write in full sentences. We conjugate verbs everyday (adding it onto our vocabulary wall). We still watch videos and sing a few songs to make learning more fun, but also repetitive. This week we already had our first conversational Spanish day. It was AWESOME!
5th-4th Grade: We started off learning the basics again: Articles, nouns, pronouns, adjectives and verbs in Spanish (one day at a time). I like to get the base down before we move straight into it. This also helps students in ELA. We are working on the common phrases in the classroom and those are always readily available for each student in the center of their table. We have songs we sing and games we play to make learning more fun, but also repetitive.
2nd-3rd: we are working on learning the common phrases in the classroom. These are readily available in the center of their table. We play bingo and matching with it. We go over them everyday. We sing songs, we read stories and we do activities that require speaking to our friends in Spanish.
1st- We are singing, dancing, reading and just having a good time. We do a lot of activities to make learning fun, but it is always tied into the work we are doing and the students are doing a good job trying to speak/sing in Spanish (whistle while you work:) Right now, we are going over greetings, colors, animals (using brown bear, brown bear), clothing. It may seem like we are touching a lot of areas, but trust me, they manage well.
K- I have created an outline for my kinder squad. We start by singing songs using a felt board with fun characters, shapes, etc. We read a book (we stay on the same book for a week). Then each students is released one by one, with a song we sing (what are you wearing in Spanish) They answer with my help, but some students have already remembered the names :) The entire class sings the song, its super cute. The students are released and begin working on the activity. I go around speaking in Spanish to each student about their use of color, their drawing, giving positive praise etc. We are having a great time!