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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

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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Sonrisas recently let me know that the above sample is no longer current.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

CON MIS OJOS VEO,
CON MIS OREJAS OIGO,
CON MI BOCA HABLO,
CON MI NARIZ HUELO.
¿Y CON MIS MANITAS?
LO TOCO, ¡TODO, TODO, TODO!
 
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

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 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

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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!

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Parts of the Body in Spanish

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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?