Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Make Spanish Punctuation Marks

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Need to type Spanish punctuation marks?  Typing Spanish is easy to do if you know the key codes. These work in email, documents, blogging, facebook and more.
As a recent commenter said, "In order for this to work on most computers you need to use the number pad on the side of the keyboard."

¿ -- For the upside-down question mark hold down the ALT button and press 168

¡  -- For the upside-down exclamation point hold down the ALT button and press 0161 

á  -- Hold down the Alt button and press 160

é  -- Hold down the Alt button and press 130

í   -- Hold down the Alt button and press 161 

ó  -- Hold down the Alt button and press 162 

ú  -- Hold down the Alt button and press 163

ñ  -- Hold down the Alt button and press 164 

Ñ -- Hold down the Alt button and press 165

Ideas for teaching preschool and elementary Spanish at home

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Have you hit a wall in teaching your kids Spanish? My kids know how to count in Spanish, know their colors and a bunch of vocabulary but I feel like I've hit a wall in teaching my kids Spanish. I taught high school Spanish for 8 years but that teaching style obviously won't work with a 2.5 and 4 year old.

I found a site today that might help.

They have on-line memory games that include the following vocabulary themes: farm animals, pets, shapes, vegetables, toys, numbers through 20, bugs, colors, feelings, school supplies, fruits, and tools.

They also have a bunch of online flashcards for kids that include some of the above topics and more.  There are sentence flashcards for kids too.


To check out all they have go here.

I'm not affiliated with this website in any way.  I just think it looks like a great resource.

What resources or ideas have you come up with once your kids have learned the basics?

For more ideas for teaching preschoolers Spanish or early elementary kids Spanish go here.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Spanish Field trip ideas

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1) Check your local museums.  Go to the websites and look at their upcoming events as well as their normal exhibits. They might have a Spanish exhibit you can check out.  Before you take your class you might want to visit it yourself just to make sure it is what you are expecting.

If you are in the bay area, CA you might check out the exhibit on the Arts of the Missions of Northern New Spain,1600-1821.  This exhibit will be at the Oakland museum from February 26, 2011 - May 29, 2011.  This is a really great museum by the way.  I just went for the first time a couple weeks ago and was very impressed. The exhibit is called "Splendors of Faith/ Scars of Conquest."  Find out more here.


2) If you can take just one class of up to 25 students consider taking them to a Mexican restaurant.  Call or visit in advance.  Check to make sure the waiter/waitresses will speak to them only in Spanish.  When I did this with my classes.  I would photocopy their menu. (I used their take-out menu)  I had my students order with me in advance, everything that they would be ordering, drinks, etc.  Then I had them figure out the total of their order.  I helped them figure out the tax and the tip.  They then had to pay me in advance to make sure no one "forgot" their money.  I also had them practice how to order in Spanish with a partner and act out various things they might need to do and say a day or so before we went.