Saturday, November 19, 2011

Print a Blank Spanish Calendar

 I looked and looked and could not find a blank Spanish calendar that you could write in your own month and numbers.  So I finally made my own.  It probably took me less time to make than it did to look for it. Oh well.  So it goes sometimes.  I thought this might come in handy for a bunch of things.  Print your blank Spanish calendar at my "Teachers pay Teachers" store for free or here.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Spanish Days of the week Song

Siete días To the tune of The Adams Family

Siete días (snap, snap)
Siete días (snap, snap)
Siete días (3x) (snap, snap)

Hay domingo y hay lunes 
martes y miércoles
jueves y viernes 
Y después hay sábado   

Siete días (snap, snap)
Siete días (snap, snap)
Siete días (3x) (snap, snap)

Forgot the tune?  Go here to find the English version.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sonrisas Elementary Spanish Curriculum

I am getting ready to start a new journey with Sonrisas Spanish School.  Sonrisas sent me their level one curriculum to review here on Teaching Español.  The level one curriculum includes two years worth of lessons for beginner preschool Spanish and elementary Spanish. My kids already know a lot of Spanish but I am excited to have something organized and planned out for me.  I can't wait to tell you how it goes. Want to join me on the first lesson?  They have a free sample here titled "Me llamo."

Stay tuned! Sonrisas has been kind enough to give one of their CDs to a "Teaching Español" reader.  It is "a collection of 29 traditional and original Spanish songs for kids" and from the samples found here it sounds like a great CD. 

They also have a level 2 curriculum for intermediate elementary Spanish.

According to the Sonrisas website the curricula is also "ideal for homeschooled children." 

I can't wait to let you know how it goes at our house. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

"Fun Spanish for Kids" Giveaway!

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I am super excited to be hosting this Teaching Español Giveaway!! One of my very lucky readers will have a chance to win one of Beth Manners’ Fun Spanish for Kids CD's.

  • Winner of a Parents' Choice Silver Honors Award 
  • Winner of a Dr. Toy Award 
  • Winner of a Parents' Guide to Childrens' Media Award 

Family Fun Magazine had this to say: “With fun songs and story line, kids love listening and singing along while building a basic vocabulary.”

Ready to win?
Fill in the form below. Your first entry must be to tell me what you will do with the CD if you win. (who is it for...)

Want to increase your chances? You can have up to 5 entries by doing any of the following:
  • Check out Fun Spanish for Kids and tell me your favorite song sample and why it was your favorite. You can also listen to more samples from the CD here
  • Click like on the upper left corner of Fun French and Spanish and tell me that you are #? to like Fun French and Spanish. 
  • Blog about the giveaway and leave the link to your blog post. 
  • Tweet about the giveaway.  You can copy and paste the following:  
Win a "Fun Spanish for Kids" CD @kalani08 #giveaway #Spanish #learnspanish #win
Deadline to enter is November 30, 2011
See what else you can win at Hip Home School Moms Giveaway Day

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Spanish Practice my 5 year old can do

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My five year old can:

1) Practice her numbers in Spanish from 21-30 online with a virtual dot to dot.  Check out the site here. I especially like it because she can do it more than once to create more than one dot to dot picture.

2) Practice the numbers in Spanish from 31-40 with an online game in which she first has to click on a flashlight and then click on all the different keys that are labeled with numbers from 31-40.  Go here to check it out. This is great because she enjoys working on the computer and she is motivated to listen, see and hear the numbers in Spanish. Me gusta! : ) 

3) Play ¿Qué hay en mi caja? with me to help her learn new spanish vocabulary or just review.  This is a great game that involves hearing Spanish, speaking Spanish and thinking in Spanish.

Forgot your book? Spanish Vocabulary Flashcards and Lists Link

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Tonight I happened upon a website that seems to have the Spanish vocabulary lists for each chapter of  all the major Spanish text books.  You can choose to see the vocabulary in list form or Spanish vocabulary flashcards that you can print. Awesome!  Teachers, if you are having your kids bring in flashcards this is why I recommend that you have them write out the words using pen and paper, never typed.  It is too easy to just go to a website and print.  That being said.  They should never be able to give you the excuse that they couldn't study the vocabulary or write out the words if you provide them with this sweet site. This site also contains Spanish grammar and Spanish conjugation charts. You may want to check to make sure that the list is current for your particular textbook or give your students some sort of disclaimer. Here is a link to the vocabulary lists.

These are the text books you will find:

Asi Se Dice 1
Asi Se Dice 2
Asi Se Dice 3
Avancemos 1
Avancemos 2
Avancemos 3
Breaking the Spanish Barrier 1
Breaking the Spanish Barrier 2
Breaking the Spanish Barrier ADV
Buen Viaje 1
Buen Viaje 2
Buen Viaje 3
De Viaje
Descubre 1
Descubre 2
Descubre 3
Dime 1
Dime 2
En Camino
En Espanol 1
En Espanol 2
En Espanol 3
Expresate 1
Expresate 2
Expresate 3
Navegando 1
Navegando 2
Navegando 3
Paso a Paso 1
Paso a Paso 2
Paso a Paso 3
Pobre Ana
Puntos de Partida
Realidades 1
Realidades 2
Realidades 3
Somos Asi 1
Somos Asi 2
Spanish for Mastery 3
Ven Conmigo 1
Ven Conmigo 2
Ven Conmigo  3

Spanish Teaching Link Party

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You can link to anything that is Spanish teaching related.

Stop by and visit other posts and leave a comment.  I promise to come comment on everyone who links up!

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Please make sure to link to the actual post, not just your blog homepage so we can find your post easily.

After the close of the link party I'll feature 2-3 of my favorites!


Friday, November 4, 2011

Teach Spanish Location Vocabulary for ages 4-8

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I found some free printable sheets to help teach your student learn Spanish location vocabulary : arriba, abajo, adentro, afuera, junto.  Your student will have the opportunity to answer questions about the vocabulary as well as draw some pictures and write some of the vocabulary. Go here to print out your free lessons on Spanish location vocabulary for ages 4-8. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Teaching Spanish with Games

I blog about the games you can play with your kids to teach them Spanish but how often do I actually do it with my own kids?  The truth is that it is not as often as I would like. Today I am going to do this game with my kids.

¿Qué hay en la caja? (What's in the box)

First I will review the following random objects: pluma, lápiz, vela, cepillo, zapato, dinero, collar, llaves, una moneda, una maraca.  To review I will put them all in the box, and show my kids.  I'll take each item out one by one and have my students repeat the word in Spanish.  Next I'll ask them what each object is in Spanish.  ¿Qué es esto? If I think I need to provide extra motivation I might bring out the M&M's.  Next I'll explain that we're going to play a game with these items.  Vamos a jugar con estos. The winner each time will then get to be the person that chooses what to be in the box.  For further details on how to play the game go here.

Okay, I just got done playing and it went really well.  (actually we are still playing while I type.) FYI, my kids are three and a half and five years old.  The five year old did better with this and enjoyed it more but my three and a half year old still got a lot out of it.  They were very interested at first in what was “en mi caja” and we had fun just reviewing.  After I took each item out we counted them in Spanish and then we reviewed like I had planned.  I then perked up their motivation by telling them that we were going to play a game.  With little ones it is especially important to be overly enthusiastic and even a little bit silly. As motivation dwindled I brought out the idea of the M&M’s which of course went over well.  And even after I said last M&M they still wanted to keep playing.  Katie, my five year old, really enjoyed being the person who chose the item and said “¿Qué hay en mi caja?

This is a great game and I should definitely try to play it more often.  It is a fun way to work on vocabulary without feeling pushy.  : )

This evening when Daddy came home I had the kids tell him about the Spanish game that we played.  My five year old did better than that!  She gathered up all the items and taught her Daddy all the words and we played a rousing game of ¿Qué hay en mi caja? after dinner.

My three year old found a pen yesterday and said "Look mom.  A pluma!" 

Teach beginning Spanish at home


You can get started right now teaching Spanish to your students even if you don't know Spanish yourself.  Get started by watching "Mi Vida Loca."  Your student will be able to complete a course of beginning Spanish in 12 weeks and will be able to watch 22 episodes of mystery adventure to Madrid and beyond. Each episode is 10 minutes long covering basic learning points of Spanish for absolute beginners. A learning section complements each episode. Go through the vocabulary and grammar in more detail and at your own pace, then complete activities for practice.  I would say that the minimum age to start this series would be about 8 although you can give it a try for younger students and see what you think.  Here is a short summary of the first episode: "The start of your journey to Spain doesn't go as planned. You'll have to fend for yourself in Madrid - and in Spanish."

What to do:

1) Watch the first episode You will be prompted to enter whether you are a male or female friend of Teresa's.  If you have more than one student you may have to make a compromise or watch it twice.

2) Check out the syllabus for Mi Vida Loca to become familiar with the course.

3) Print vocabulary lists from here for the first episode and subsequent episodes.

4) Have your student rewrite the vocabulary from each episode as you go along.  Then drill your student on the words.

5) Do the same thing for the grammar found in the same place as the vocabulary.

6) Assess your students using various techniques including speaking, reading and writing.

There's more!  Go here to find more activities for beginners and intermediate Spanish learners.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Best Blogs About Secondary Education

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Thanks to best colleges online for featuring us as one of the 50 best blogs about secondary education. It sure is nice to have a fellow blogger list us as one of the best.    There are some great blogs from the viewpoints of teachers, principals, librarians and students.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tips for teaching the vowels in Spanish

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I am loving magiaescolar Super cute teacher showing her tricks of the trade. In this video she shows a great way to introduce how to pronounce the vowels in Spanish. Remember a while back when I wrote about what I do with the Spanish vowels?  I magically end up getting my students to sing the chorus of witch doctor.  It is so much fun when they realize it.  Go here to revisit that post.
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Practice house vocabulary in Spanish

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Have your students practice the Spanish house vocabulary words.  Have them watch this video and fill in the blanks using this worksheet.

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Spanish Months of the Year to We will Rock you

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Want to spice up your teaching of the months of the year in Spanish?  I just happened upon this video for Spanish teachers.  Teach the months of the year to the classic song "we will rock you." 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Strengthen your foreign language instruction

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Do you need or want to attend a foreign language seminar.  I highly recommend BER.  I posted once about it here.  I've attended several of these seminars and I have always come away with teaching strategies that I was able to implement the very next day.  Additionally you can often earn 1 or 2 graduate level credits for most courses as they count towards Spanish teacher education.

To find out if there is a Spanish seminar near you go here.  Every time I go to one of these seminars on Spanish teacher training I always feel like it was well worth my time. I just received a packet describing a seminar titled "Strengthening Your Foreign Language Instruction: Making Best Use of Podcasts, Blogs, Wikis, and Other Cutting-Edge Technology Tools"  This particular seminar boasts these:

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

To find out if there is a Spanish seminar or foreign language seminar near you go here.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Los Changuitos

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You may remember that I talked about a great Spanish curriculum for your young students who already know a lot of vocabulary.  It is actually the book used for first grade in Mexico.  It is great for the student who already knows a lot of Spanish.

Next up for us to read is this story called "Los Changuitos," which means "The Little Monkeys."  (You might know that the word monkey is mono in Spanish but in Mexico monkey is chango.)  It is a short story all about how monkeys don't wear various items of clothing each for different reasons.  For example, on one of the pages you see you see 3 monkeys wearing shirts that are way to big. Underneath it says,

"Dicen que los changos                   
no usan camisas.
Porque al caminar
los changuitos se las pisan"

They say that monkeys
don't wear shirts.
Because when they walk
the little monkeys step on them.

The only part I'm not a big fan of is the part where it talks about why they don't wear underwear---because the little monkeys leave them yellow.  : (

Here is a list of words that you may need to review if you are going to read the online Spanish version of the story or if you have the book.

usar- to wear
agujero- hole
las pisan- step on them
patas- feet (of an animal)
petacones- chubby
calzoncillos- underwear

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Another Catchy Way to Learn the Spanish Alphabet

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One on my readers after seeing my post on the Catchiest Spanish Alphabet Song shared this Spanish Alphabet Marching Song.  I know my kids are going to enjoy this one!

As an aside, you'll notice in the beginning of the video that it says that the Spanish Alphabet has 29 letters, which it probably did at the time the video was made.  It seems that now the Royal Spanish Academy has reduced it to 27, getting rid of the "ch" and "ll." So the Spanish alphabet contains all the 26 letters in the English alphabet plus the "ñ."  There are some Latin countries that are not too happy about this and my have decided to keep the alphabet the same.  So if you are teaching the alphabet in your classroom and a student tells you that you forgot some of the letters you can kindly explain that there is debate among some of the Spanish speaking countries so if they want to add in the other letters on their own time when reciting the Spanish alphabet that they can feel free to do so.

There are some other interesting changes like not requiring the accent over the first "o" in solo when it means "only" instead of "alone."  To read more about these changes have a look here.

If you are teaching the Spanish alphabet you might be interested in the say one add one method. What a great technique for teaching the alphabet and making sure that you don't go too fast.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Play Fútbol Americano in your Spanish class

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Here's a little something different for a game to play in your Spanish class.You have basic yard lines drawn on the board and a magnetic football which starts on the fifty yard line. The class is split into two teams. One student from each team competes with a flash card or word you say out loud and whoever says the translation gets to move the football one line towards their goal. The ball can move back and forth until a touchdown is scored.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Download Don Quixote Teacher's Guide

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Don Quixote is said to be the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age.

Today I discovered a great free teaching guide for Don Quixote.  This is a 164 page teacher's guide geared toward fifth graders although I think it could easily be adapted for other grades.  You could easily use it as a resource for a home school read aloud. Check out the post here.

Monday, March 28, 2011


The Fun Spanish:

You can download and review 2 weeks of this Spanish E-book program for free.  For more information just go to Classical Reading and Writing and then click on “The Fun Spanish” at the top of the page. 

**Update!! It appears you can no longer sample this program.  I am working on communicating with the author to see if I can get it to review.


This is a beginning Spanish workbook that can be used as a supplement to any Spanish curriculum. It teaches 1 new sentence a day for 4 days, then reviews on the 5th. The sentences are silly and involve activities like copywork and drawing pictures that correspond to each picture. It is designed to provide practice in a Charlotte Mason/classical style format.  Week 1 consists of sentences using the verb ser-to be.  Week 2 uses the verb tener- to have.  


There is a pronunciation guide in the beginning so I think that you could teach with this even if you don't know any Spanish.


Perfect for students who can already read and write in English around 3rd grade and up.  It would also provide great practice for any beginning Spanish program.

The price is $15.95 for a 218 pg. download.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Favorite Posts from other bloggers this week

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I browsed some of my favorite Spanish teaching blogs today and found some great posts.

Free Spanish activity and Spanish song to download for young kids -- From Spanglish Baby

Teaching and learning Spanish reminded me about the free Spanish thematic units that range in levels from preschool through high school from the national k-12 foreign language resource center.

 Wannajugarconmigo posted a while back about the new Spanish lesson plans available from Whistlefritz .  My kids and I love the music and DVD's available from Whistlefritz so I will definitely be checking these lesson plans out.

I was also intrigued about the Spanish kids music that Wannajugarconmigo posted about.  It is by Abbasubi and you can listen to their music on their website as well as watch some of their videos.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

First Grade Spanish Curriculum

I've been working at getting my kids to learn Spanish at home since they were babies.  Now that my oldest (4.5) is doing some reading and math I was super excited to find this Spanish curriculum which I wrote about in my last post.  Unfortunately when I was updating that post somehow I lost the entire post.  Aargh! Anyway I found a set of 6 books geared toward 1st grade curriculum.  The books were printed in Mexico and I am guessing this is what some of the schools use.  I bought each book for $1. They were in the used book store part of our library.  I felt like I'd hit the jackpot.

This curriculum is for the parent or caregiver who already knows a lot of Spanish and wants to provide some additional structure.  I am highlighting the first grade Spanish curriculum because that is what I am using with my daughter as a homeschool Spanish curriculum but it does go through grade 6. 

For the first grade level it has a Spanish reading book that you can easily do all online (update:  It looks like they no longer offer the same stories online but the site still offers some other online stories in Spanish) or you can buy the Lectura book.  Having the book is nice because you can sit down on the couch or wherever with your little one and read the stories.  Here is what the book, Español: Primer Grado Lecturas, looks like:
Español: Primer grado L E C T U R A S

My daughter did a couple activities in the activity book, Español: Primer Grado Actividades  and Español: Primer Grado Recortable , which correspond with the Spanish reading book.

Espanol, Primer grado, actividades  Espanol Primer grado Recortable

You at least need the above two books in order to make this Spanish curriculum work.  If you don't mind reading the stories that correspond to the activity books online then you don't need the lectura book.  For the first grade books I really don't think it is necessary to have the reading book because you can listen to each story in Spanish online and the stories are fairly short.  However, it looks like the 2nd through 6th grade Spanish reading books do not have the audio and if you are reading it online the print is kind of small.  I like having the reading book so that my daughter and I can sit and read it anywhere.  Some of these books are being sold fairly cheap by third party sellers on Amazon.  I think the shipping costs more than the price of the book.

Here's what my daughter and I did using the 3 first grade books I have mentioned. We first read the story Saltan y Saltan from the first grade Spanish reading book.  If you want to check it out go here.  (Go here to see all the reading selections from this book.) Then we did the corresponding activity from the Actividades book.  My daughter got to cut out pictures of the dwarfs from the story (found in the recortable book), and then paste the pictures on a page in the Actividades book.  Before doing all this we talked about each emotion/ feeling depicted by each dwarf.  I then had her find the word that matched and paste the picture on the correct spot.  Then she wrote each Spanish word under the picture while I sounded it out for her in Spanish.  She is in the middle of working on first grade hooked on phonics so while some of the sounds are a little different than she's used to for English it really was no problem for her.

I have 3 other books I purchased as well that go along with this curriculum so stay tuned for when I review them.


Friday, February 18, 2011

Spanish Teacher Resources

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Depending on where you live you may or may not have easy access to Spanish teaching aids.  I have picked up a lot of mine at Lakeshore but there are also a lot of inexpensive  Spanish teacher resources on Amazon.  Here are several posters and charts that would work well in your Spanish classroom or in your Spanish home school.

Teaching Spanish Materials





3.  Learning Resources English/Spanish Puzzle Cards, Set Of 20 

My kids love doing puzzles so incorporating puzzles with learning Spanish is ideal for us.

Learning Resources English/Spanish Puzzle Cards, Set Of 20









8.  ThinkFun Bilingual Zingo! Spanish

This Spanish game has great reviews.  I would love to try this out with my kids.   According to one reviewer even a 3 year old really enjoys the game.  

ThinkFun Bilingual Zingo! Spanish

9.  Spanish Bingo

Spanish Bingo

10.   I can Read and Speak in Spanish 

This has mostly 5* reviews and based on the reviews it looks like it is best for ages 5 and up.  I think this is definitely something I will add to our resource library for homeschool Spanish.

I Can Read and Speak in Spanish (Book + Audio CD)

11.  Abuelo y los tres osos

I had to put this on the list because of all the 5* reviews.  It looks like a great twist on the old classic.  You can read it in Spanish or English.

Abuelo y los tres osos

12.  My First Bilingual Little Readers: Level A: 25 Reproducible Mini-Books in English and Spanish That Give Kids a Great Start in Reading    

This is a reproducible book that you can make for each student in your Spanish class.  These are not in color, as displayed on the front cover but they look like a great resource.  There are 3 levels; A, B and C and they cover a wide variety of topics.

 My First Bilingual Little Readers: Level A: 25 Reproducible Mini-Books in English and Spanish That Give Kids a Great Start in Reading (Teaching Resources)

13.  Activities, Games, and Assessment Strategies for the Foreign Language Classroom

I know it is $27.22 BUT there are 8 reviews and they are ALL 5 stars.  This has got to be good.

Activities, Games, and Assessment Strategies for the Foreign Language ClassroomHere is the product description: This book provides easy-to-use resources to help you write fun lesson plans. With over 100 activities and games, this book also includes rubrics, spreadsheets, materials lists, and templates.

This book offers-
*Writing activities
*Strategies to promote oral proficiency
*Pair activities
*Group activities
*Individual practice activities
*Tips for classroom organization

Activities include-
*Sentence Scramble
*Chain Stories
*Two Truths and a Lie
*And many more


** Let us know in the comment section if you have any experience with #8-13

Spanish teaching aids, Spanish classroom Supplies