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.

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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.