Monday, November 22, 2010

Free $3 MP3 credit from amazon!

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Wow! Amazon is offering up a great freebie! As part of their Black Friday deals, they’re offering up 3 FREE MP3 credits! All you need to do is   go here and use promo code GET3MP3S which will score you a FREE $3 credit!

I used my credits to buy 3 songs from Whistlefritz.  There are two music albums to choose from A Bailar! Let's Dance! -- Spanish Learning Songs Canciones Infantiles and Cha, Cha, Cha -- Spanish Learning Songs Canciones Infantiles Plus you can sample all the songs before you choose.

I chose:
"El baile de los manos,"
"Los Niños cuando bailan," and
"Los deditos."

We already love these videos and it'll be great to listen to them in the car.

Hurry!  You have to redeem this code by 11/29.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Engaging Vocabulary Word Game

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Vocabulary word games are a great way to engage students in learning. This vocabulary game is great for pairs of students.  If you're looking for activities for the classroom or ideas for the classroom this is one that will work well for any classes that you want to review vocabulary with.

How to set up:
Select the vocabulary words you want your students to practice.
Write them randomly or type them on a sheet of paper.
Hand out one sheet per pair of students.
Instruct pairs of students to have out a different colored pen.

How to play:
Call out one word at a time. If the words on your sheet are in Spanish call them out in English or vice-versa. Students compete to see who can circle the word first. The player with the most circled words at the end wins.

Below is an example of this game. The words are from the realidades Spanish book. The vocabulary words are taken from realidades level 1 chapter 1A p46.

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Want more Game ideas for Spanish class check out this post.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Great foreign language quote to put up in your classroom

Nelson Mandela.Here is a great foreign language quote you can put up in your classroom.
"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.  If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."  -Nelson Mandela
What foreign language quotes do you have in your classroom?  Let us know in the comment section.

The Top Five Videos and Music to Teach Your Preschooler Spanish

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I made a Top Five List.
As the title of my post says, my list is called:
The Top Five Videos and Music to Teach Your Preschooler Spanish  

Let me know what you think.  What would you add or subtract?

You might also check out this article on teaching Spanish to preschoolers.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Giveaway: Puerto Rico Map Puzzle

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Puzzles and education were meant to go together.  I love using puzzles as educational activities with my kids. My four year old knows where most of the states go because of the 3 different United States puzzles we have.  She can also name a lot of the states just by their shape.  My 2.5 year old knows a few of them now too.  His favorite seems to be Tennessee for some reason.
  Spanglish Baby is giving away this Puerto Rican puzzle map.Ingenio Puerto Rico Map Bilingual Learning Puzzle

To enter this giveaway go here.  Hurry and enter before October 29th.  Let us know in the comment section if you win!

I also like these word puzzles that are a great activity for teaching beginning reading.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Have you heard of Magic Squares?

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I just recently learned about this game.  Magic squares began as a math game but foreign language teachers are using it in their classrooms to help their students practice their vocabulary and conjugating.  So now it is a combination of math and foreign language.  On a 3x3 board all lines have to add up to 15.
Here is a link to just one way to play Magic Squares in your Spanish class.
I'm sure there are plenty of variations out there.  Please add a comment or link to your own version of Magic Squares.

You might also like this  engaging vocabulary game

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Teach them Spanish

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Teach Them Spanish!, Grade 5 (English and Spanish Edition)
I taught Spanish at the high school and junior high level for 8 years and am now mentoring other Spanish teachers.  I bought Teach Them Spanish either my first or second year and continued to use it every year. It was a valuable resource with great Spanish lessons for kids.  I felt that when teaching the Spanish pronouns and teaching conjugation that my Spanish I students needed the steps to be broken down a little more than what their textbook did.   Teach Them Spanish has fabulous reproducible pages as well as Spanish teaching techniques and Spanish games to play with your class. This book says level 5 but it worked great with my Spanish I students in high school.  Level 4 would also work just fine. Besides the Spanish pronouns and conjugating other topics include colors, clothing, food, family, and animals. Each Spanish language lesson includes a simple-to-follow teacher lesson plan, a practice page, and activity pages.
Right now you can get a used copy for $3.66 plus shipping. New books are on sale for $8.79.
And if you have enough swagbucks you can get it even cheaper.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Free Spanish lesson on the body and going to sleep

This free sample lesson on el cuerpo, the body, is from an elementary Spanish curriculum from Sonrisas Spanish School.  It is well-organized and incorporates Spanish music, puppets, Spanish book suggestions, and creative projects.

Sonrisas recently let me know that the above sample is no longer current. It is from their old curriculum which has since been revised. They sent me a link with an example from their new curriculum. Check out the newer example lesson titled "Me Llamo."

Check out these other posts on teaching Spanish body vocabulary:
¿Qué falta? to teach parts of the body
The Hokey Pokey in Spanish
Spanish Poems on el cuerpo
Spanish Video incorporating body vocabulary
Spanish Song with body parts (not the same head and shoulders, knees and toes song)
Hop, Skip and Sing Spanish has several GREAT songs in Spanish that help teach body vocabulary.  Go here to see my review about Hop, Skip and Sing Spanish.
Parts of the Body Spanish Lesson
Click on and hear the parts of the body in Spanish 

Teach body vocabulary with poems

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Act out this Spanish poem with your preschoolers or early elementary students.  Make sure to point to each body part and act everything out.  I made a fun free printout of the poem.  Go here to print.  

Los Sentidos

Want to find more Spanish poems that incorporate the body vocabulary?  Just go here.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Beginning Reading in Spanish with the Pink Box Words

 La Caja Rosa/ The Pink Box

Thinking about teaching your preschooler to read in Spanish?  Here's something you can do to incorporate Spanish vocabulary flashcards that I found over at El Rincón Español.
You can download and print 2 files of  simple Spanish CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant). These Spanish flash cards have their corresponding pictures to represent the Spanish word.

This is not a game in and of itself.  It is a collection of CVC words in Spanish.  However, you could easily print two sets and play a memory game.  I always have my students say the word in Spanish when they turn it over. 

Why the pink box? The person that put this together had a collection of different words color coded by difficulty level with the easiest being the "pink box" words.

The first file has the following CVC Spanish words:  sol – sun, pez – fish, col – cabbage, sal – salt, paz – peace, cal – lime, tez – skin/complexion, uva- grape, pan – bread, mar – sea, oso – bear, ola – wave

The second file has these CVC Spanish words:  sed – thirst, tul – tulle, dos – two, tos – cough, luz – light, voz – voice, más – plus, uno – one, pie – foot, ojo – eye, ajo – garlic, oca – goose

El Rincón Español suggests to...

"Model, and encourage the student to sound out each word.  For example, if you are teaching the word "sol" introduce each letter by its sound in Spanish, not its name.  
Este es el ssssssssssss  (this is the sssssss)
y este es el ohhh (and this is the ohhh)
y este es el llllllllll  (and this is the lllll)

Then model blending these sounds: ssss..ooohhh…lllll – sol

After practicing, these Spanish words should become easy to read, and the new vocabulary will be a side benefit, as well as increased confidence in tackling reading in Spanish." 

I can't wait to get started.  Let me know if you decide to do this too and how it works for you.

Don't forget.  You can play other games with your Spanish flashcards.  I have another set of flashcards here that my kids and I use to play memory in Spanish and go fish with in Spanish.  You could easily play those games with the caja rosa Spanish flashcards.

The best way to learn Spanish for kids is through fun activities, songs and games. Here are some more Spanish learning games

Friday, September 10, 2010

Adventures at School Bilingual DVD {Giveaway}

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Spanglish Baby is offering another great Spanish giveaway. 

According  to Spanglish Baby "Adventures at School includes a total of 14 stories, three of which are narrated in Spanish. Like the Max and Ruby stories, these are short and varied in illustration and topic, with some catchy tunes. Aimed at 3-to-9-year-olds, they feature a range of animals and kids that make for funny characters and relatable storylines."

To enter this giveaway go here.
Let me know if you win!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Catchiest Spanish alphabet Song

I happened upon this song on youtube and I love it.  Keep in mind it does include "ch" and "ll" but does not have "rr."  All three of these double letters are no longer separate entry in the dictionary so I find it a little odd that two of them are included in the song. Also "v" is pronounced "uve" and the "w" is pronounced "uve doble."   If you can get passed all that it is the most catchy Spanish alphabet song that I've heard.  My 2.5 and 4 year old were starting to sing it after listening to it just once.

Cute board book to read to kids.
 A is for Airplane./ A es para avion


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hop Skip and Sing Spanish

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I gambled a little on this when I bought it.  I didn't know anything about it and I usually like to read reviews before I make a purchase.  After listening a few times and learning the songs/ games I was glad I made the purchase.  We continue to use this CD in the car and have incorporated several of the games.  Before each song there is an explanation of the new Spanish vocabulary as well as how some of the Spanish games.  After listening through this once or twice I now just skip to the Spanish song or game. 

My kids' favorite is probably:

The game that instructs children to walk very slowly and then stop. "Camina despacio, muy despacio. Para!"  Other vocabulary for this game includes jumping, jumping high, running, and going fast or in a hurry.  We play this game without the CD now and my kids have a good old time.  They know these words and say them in Spanish regularly.

The average review on Amazon is 4 out of 5 stars.  It is aimed at preschoolers but there are games and songs that can be used all the way through around 2nd grade.  There are some great baby games.

If you are looking for a CD you can just pop in and walk away expecting your child to learn Spanish then this CD is probably not for you.  However if you want to learn some new songs and games to sing and do along with your child this will be perfect.  It takes a few times of listening to the songs in order to learn them but that's normal since these are probably mostly new songs for you. I often catch my kids singing some of the songs.

If you are looking for some games and songs to incorporate into your Spanish teaching for young kids I highly recommend Hop, Skip and Sing Spanish

These are on sale at Amazon right now for anywhere from $6.62 to $10.36.  Plus if you are using  Swagbucks you can get it even cheaper!

Find out more about Swagbucks here.

Parts of the Body in Spanish

There are so many things you can do when teaching the parts of the body in Spanish.  A lot of people play Simon Dice (Simon says) but check out this Spanish lesson plan that reviews the body parts using a student created monster.

Check out these other posts on teaching Spanish body vocabulary:
¿Qué falta? to teach parts of the body
The Hokey Pokey in Spanish 

Spanish Poems on el cuerpo

Spanish Video incorporating body vocabulary

Spanish Song with body parts (not the same head and shoulders, knees and toes song)

Hop, Skip and Sing Spanish has several GREAT songs in Spanish that help teach body vocabulary.  Go here to see my review about Hop, Skip and Sing Spanish.

Parts of the Body Spanish Lesson

Click on and hear the parts of the body in Spanish 

Harry y el terrible Quiensabeque

Last week I mentioned this site for high school Spanish lesson plans or elementary Spanish lesson plans .  You can read and print the lesson plans for Spanish Class for free.

Mi Cuerpo would be a great book to read to introduce students to this vocabulary.


Hooked on Spanish seems like a pretty inexpensive option for teaching young kids Spanish.  It has an average of 4 star reviews.

Do you know of some great resources for Spanish Class Lesson Plans?  Leave your ideas in the comment section.

B is for Bombero

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As promised I am posting about one letter per week and working with my own preschooler on that particular letter. I know you could just as easily go to the website each week but this way we can share ideas and it serves as a great reminder (for myself) to do these with my preschooler.

Print out your "B" page here with Spanish words that start with "B"

Have your preschooler trace the letter B.  Then have him or her decorate the B's.  Come up with something creative.  Use glitter glue, pompoms, or stickers of anything that starts with B in Spanish. Have your preschooler color and cut out (supervised of course) the pictures. Paste them into this letter book:

To print your Spanish letter B book go here and here.  Preschoolers love practicing their cutting and pasting.

What other kid friendly words can you think of that start with B in Spanish?
Want to join me?  Let me know in the comment section. What creative ideas are you coming up with?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Foreign Language Seminar

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Have you heard of the BER Bureau of Education and Research?  If you need to go to a Spanish teaching seminar full of professional development strategies I have had great experience with these foreign language seminars.  I have been to 3 different seminars for Spanish and I have learned a ton each time.  They provide a lot of hands on teaching tools to help you with your foreign language instruction and send you home with a book full of activities you can use in your classroom the next day.

To find out if there is a Spanish Seminar near you go here.
The next seminar for Spanish that is being offered is titled Powerful Strategies for Differentiating Instruction in your Foreign Language Classroom.  This seminar is available in CA, OH, MI, TX, AZ and PA

Some words from the instructor of this seminar for Foreign language teachers:

Who Should Attend

Foreign Language Educators Serving Students in Middle Schools, High Schools or Community Colleges.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:
  • Dozens of activities, strategies and tips for differentiating your foreign language instruction
  • Motivating communicative games and activities using manipulatives and realia
  • Projects with copy-ready directions, rubrics and follow-up activities
  • Ready-to-use ideas for increasing communication in the target language
  • A wealth of reproducible activities
  • Techniques for incorporating multiple intelligences and accommodating different learning styles in your classroom instruction
  • Highly effective classroom tips and management strategies 

Have you attended any foreign language seminars that you would recommend? 

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Buzz: A Spanish Learning Game

Buzz is a great game to help your students learn Spanish numbers.  It is also a great math game. Learning Spanish numbers does not have to be boring.  There are a bunch of things you can do besides Bingo.

Just go here to read my article.

Bee Hive Clip Art

A is for Abeja...

Here is a great free Spanish printable for your preschooler.  I am doing one letter per week and working with my own preschooler on that particular letter.

Print out your "A" page here with Spanish words that start with "A."

Have your preschooler trace the letter A.  Then have him or her decorate the A's.  Come up with something creative like help them draw a bunch of Arañas all over the A.  Or use glitter glue, pompoms, or stickers of anything that starts with A in Spanish. Have your preschooler color and cut out (supervised of course) the pictures. Paste them into this letter book:

To print your Spanish letter A book go here and here.

Want to join me?  Let me know in the comment section. What creative ideas are you coming up with?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Spanish Lesson Plans

Teachnology is a great resource for teachers.  In particular you can peruse their library of Spanish lesson plans for teachers.

I really like the Spanish Lesson Plan titled: Contents of My Backpack. It is a great hands on lesson for exposing students to classroom vocabulary in Spanish and having your students practice with it.  It could easily be tailored to any foreign language or ESL class.

If you need some fresh ideas for your high school Spanish lesson plans or elementary Spanish lesson plans this is worth a look.  You can read and print the lesson plans for free. 

Teach them Spanish is another great resource!  I think I have 4 levels of this book.  These are a perfect supplement for middle school Spanish and High school Spanish level I as well as being a great resource for elementary Spanish.  At less than $10 for a reproducible book these are quite the bargain (imho) !

Do you know of some great resources for Spanish Lesson Plans?  Leave your ideas in the comment section.

“We Did It” Dora doll Giveaway

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Do you know a Dora Fan?  Well  Spanglish Baby is giving a 10th anniversary Bilingual Dora doll to one lucky reader.  To find out how to enter this Dora doll giveaway go here.

Search for Dora doll

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Name Tags

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Foreign Language House has posted a great link. 8 different name tags that have different pictures on them.  Each has a picture and "me llamo" and space to put a student's name.

You can get these name tags in Spanish or in French.

Puppet Giveaway!

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Fun for Early and Elementary Spanish Teachers is giving away these two cute Colombian puppets.

Just go over here to see how you can enter and add a little more excitement to your Spanish classes or Spanish teaching at home. 

Giveaway ends on September 5th at 10:00 pm Eastern Time

Do you know of any other Spanish related giveaways?  Let us know in the comment section.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Spanish Alphabet (Alfabeto)

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One of the first things a Spanish teacher will do is teach the Spanish alphabet.  One of the important reasons behind this is that it helps teach pronunciation. There are many ways to make teaching the alphabet in Spanish interesting and fun for your students.

The obvious beginning is to simply show the alphabet and how it is pronounced in Spanish.  Provide them with the phonetic spelling but remind them that this is just how you say the letters.  (I have had the occasional student think that the letter "A" in Spanish is actually spelled "AH.")

Once your students are familiar with the Spanish alphabet they can then start to "play" (practice) with it.

I have them get with their partner and spell 3 different classmate's names.They don't tell their partner who.  The partner has to write down the letters that they say.  Then they switch roles.

I also do something similar as a whole class.  I'll choose 5-10 words for the students to write down as I spell them.  I like to choose words that the students are learning, or that are funny or interesting. Sometimes I'll spell a celebrity or teacher's last name.

Another thing I like to do in the beginning is practice the vowels as a whole class. I have them on the overhead and point to them a-e-i-o-u.  I'll have them say them several times going faster and faster.  Then backwards u-o-i-e-a the same way.  Finally I'll point to them out of order for a while and then get them to end up saying u-i-u-a-a like this song:

Spanish playground had a great link for playing a game online to learn the alphabet sounds in Spanish.
Just go here.

Please add in the comment section what you do to teach the Spanish alphabet. Let's see how many ideas we can come up with.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Free Printable Spanish Lessons

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Go here to find a bunch of free Spanish Printables.  These are some great Spanish teaching resources.

Some of the topics include:
  • ser vs. estar
  • Usted and Ustedes commands
  • Spanish alphabet 
  • Colors
  • Telling time
Here is another site that has free Spanish Printable worksheets 

Do you know of some other great Spanish teaching resources?  Feel free to leave your ideas in the comment section.

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    Friday, August 13, 2010

    Realidades Spanish Book

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    Do you use the text book Realidades? Are you getting ready to make your Spanish lesson plans?

    Here is a site you  can direct your students to in order to review Spanish vocabulary and hear the Spanish words at the same time.  Students can print a list of the vocabulary, practice and then quiz themselves.  Awesome!

    Not sure how to start?  Here's a look at lesson plans for the first week of school from one teacher. Find a bunch more of these lesson plans here. This should give you some ideas on how to build your lesson plans.

    Example pacing guide for level one
    Graphic overview of Spanish I

    Thursday, June 17, 2010

    ¡Feliz Día del Padre!

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    Here are some fun and cute tarjetas for kids to make for el día del padre . There are several to choose from.

    Kids can draw in their dad on the card below.

    Or go here to design your own card.  You can print your Spanish Father's Day card in color or black and white for kids to color.  You can also change the message, graphic and border.  Here's one that I designed.

    Friday, June 11, 2010

    Traza líneas/ Trace letters with images of animals in Spanish

    If your child is learning to write his or her letters and learning to speak Spanish at the same time this is perfect. I found some free printable pages. I had forgotten about these and now that I have it here it won't be as easy to forget. Here's a picture of what the A page looks like.  You have the option to print out in color or in black and white. I'm always on the lookout for great activities in Spanish for kids

    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    Free Spanish Matching Activities

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    As the site says these are free downloadable "Spanish language matching activities where you match the picture to its Spanish name. A fun little activity for kids learning Spanish. Comprised of fruits, vegetables, school items and kitchen items."

    Help your kids or students learn Spanish vocabulary with the great freebie!

    Free Spanish Alphabet Flash Cards

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    I just found a site where you can print some free Spanish Alphabet Flash Cards.  There is a vocabulary word on each card along with the targeted letter. Print 2 sets and play memory and go fish.  I can't wait till my printer is up and running again and I can print these too!

    Update: I finally made a few memory and go fish games.  My daughter loves these games.  When we play the memory game I just make sure to say each word we turn over every time so that she continually hears the words in Spanish.  For Go Fish in Spanish we each have 4-6 cards and take turns asking "Tienes la manzana?" for example. When I answer I always say, "si, la tengo." or "No, no la tengo. Anda a pescar."  Kids learn Spanish so fast and easily through play.  I'm always so excited to hear my kids using Spanish.

    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    Games for Learning Spanish: ¿Dónde está Waldo?

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    "Donde está Waldo?" is a great game to use when teaching the prepositions of location. One teacher puts about 5-6 small Waldos in each teacher's mailboxes and asks them to hide them in their classroom. Number the backs and have a master list so that you know where the Waldo came from. Then as students find them (limit 1 for each location) they must tell you in Spanish where Waldo is and in what classroom. For example: "Waldo está en la clase de matematicas sobre el reloj." Then they get a piece of candy or whatever reward you want.

    "Donde está Waldo?" can also be used for the vocabulary on the house. Hide him in pictures and have your students tell you where he is. Then, in a "places" unit, he can be in the bakery, at the movies, in a restaurant etc. You can also hide him on the test and they get extra credit if they can tell you in Spanish where he is.

    Need more game ideas:  See a previous post on Games to learn Spanish

    Thursday, May 13, 2010

    Some of my favorite ideas for Spanish for preschoolers this week

    These come from other bloggers that I follow.
    Teaching kids Spanish can be so much fun and so very challenging at the same time!  I am thankful to have found other bloggers who share my passion for teaching Spanish.
     I found this fabulous song to the tune of La Bamba for washing hands.

    2.  Tati over at Wannajugarconmigo has posted several of her lessons.  One of my favorites is the one she did on clothing (ropa).  She incorporates several activities including a video clip from Whistlefritz , a cute clothing line, and a Diego and Dora paper doll craft
    Spanish for Beginners: Vamos a Jugar (Let's Play), 2nd edition
    3.  I really liked the sorting activity over at Dos pequenos traviesos.  What a great bilingual blog she has! 
    Do you have a great idea  for teaching Spanish to preschoolers?  Feel free to link in with that specific post from your website or blog even if I already linked to your blog.  Don't have a blog but still have an idea go ahead and leave a comment here.
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