Friday, August 31, 2012

Teaching Colors in Spanish

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This is part of my series "Teaching Spanish one hour at a time."

A lot of the ideas from this lesson came from the Sonrisas Spanish School curriculum.  They were kind enough to give me a copy to review in exchange for posting about my experience with it.  Each lesson has book suggestions.  You do not need these books in order to do the lesson.  I saw a review on Amazon did not think it was enough for a whole semester.  I disagree.  It is plenty.  There is a lot of review and overlap in early Spanish learning.

Today I am going to focus on teaching colors in Spanish to my little group of kids ages 4-6.

Sonrisas CD
Review how to say "me llamo" with song #3 from the Sonrisas CD
Review phrases for saying how you are feeling with "Buenos Dias" song #2 

Materials needed: Sonrisas CD, crayons for each student,  a piece of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black and white construction paper.  Cut enough out of each color so that each student will be able to have their own.

Review each color in Spanish by holding up a paper and having each child repeat the color in Spanish.
Next I will be adapting a game from the Sonrisas curriculum called "el juego de los colores."

I'll just choose three or four of the colors.   Instruct students that you will be holding up one color at a time and if the student is wearing that particular color he or she will stand up.

Say "¿Quién lleva rojo?" Encourage students to use new phrases such as "Yo tengo rojo."


Place the cut papers on the floor in any order. Random is probably best.

Instruct the students that you will be asking them to take one color at a time and put their cards in a pile.  Say "toma el papel amarillo."  Do this for each student until all the cards are gone.

In the last activity students will practice their colors in Spanish by coloring this cute bear.  He is labeled with number words in Spanish and their is a box at the bottom of the page telling you what color to use.  You may need to help students who can't read very well yet.  There's also a similar butterfly to color if you'd rather use that.

More preschool and early elementary Spanish lessons:
(These are some of the lessons I have done with my little class of 3-6 year olds)
April 2012

Spanish Days of the Week Train

Salta Ranita Salta  -- October 2012

And here are some tips for reading to children in Spanish

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Get a Free MP3 Credit

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I downloaded a free math app for my kids yesterday and I got this email this morning...

"As a purchaser of a select app from the Amazon Appstore for Android, you have earned a $1 credit valid towards Amazon MP3 albums or single songs at For redemption instructions and additional information, click here
mp3redeem. Amazon MP3 music is available to customers located in and with billing addresses in the United States. Taxes apply in some states. Limit one promotional credit per customer. Your credit expires at 11:59 pm PST on October 31, 2012."

If you would like to get your free song and you have an android, choose from one of these free apps

Make sure it has that green button you see in the picture above that says "Get $1 for Mp3s with purchase of select apps." Then wait for your email and get your free song or credit towards an album.

Here are some of my recommendations of great Spanish songs for kids.

If you feel like browsing on your own for some children's songs in Spanish start here.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Ideas for Teaching Spanish

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I never thought I'd be one when I grew up but it's true. I'm a Spanish nerd. I love everything Spanish. Well almost everything. Because of that I am always looking for ideas for teaching Spanish to my young kids. (currently ages 6, 4 and 15 months) Recently I began expanding my writing about teaching Spanish to Squidoo so you might find the following articles helpful:

Teaching Spanish to Preschoolers
Spanish 1 Grammar
Best Resources for Teaching Kids Spanish
Beginner Spanish Books

If you've been reading my blog for a while you might remember me posting about this First Grade Spanish Curriculum.  I was so excited to find it because it does a lot of what I need it to do for my kids who already have a large amount of Spanish vocabulary in their arsenal.   What I needed was something that would stretch them even further.  Now to be completely honest I haven't touched it in a while.  I am going to make an extra effort use it at least once a week.  The great thing about finding that curriculum is that it lead me to other websites that offer online activities in Spanish.

I really like "Léeme un cuento."  The site has 9 digital books in Spanish.  It is great because I can have my kids listen to stories in Spanish without my American accent.