Hello, all! I was delighted to have the opportunity to present at the Teachers’ Education Conference of the Diocese of Charleston on Friday, March 6th. I shared a presentation with a group of Spanish teachers from across the state describing what we do here at St. Peter’s. Take a look at the PowerPoint for more information. I met some wonderful colleagues and got many great ideas to implement. Stay tuned…
Our cold, icy, semi-snowy spell this past month gave us a great context for the Spanish class themes for February.
We reviewed the seasons and weather for el invierno, winter, and enjoyed reading Froggy Se Viste (Froggy Gets Dressed) and learning vocabulary for winter clothing. Students pulled clothing from a bag and we practiced naming the items. Then, while listening to and watching a video of the book being read in Spanish, everyone held up their clothing as they heard it in the story. Then, we colored Froggy’s winter clothing, cut it out, and pasted it on him, labeling it as shown on the bulletin board below.
Of course, February is also the month of a special holiday celebrating el amor, love, on El Día de San Valentín. We enjoyed reading, listening to, and acting out the beloved children’s classic Adivina Cuanto Te Quiero. (Guess How Much I Love You). The video is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q9gLH6u9f4. Students also learned a sweet song, “Te quiero mamá, te quiero papá, te quiero mi bebito. Uno, dos, tres, te quiero, uno dos tres, te quiero a ti.’ Ask your child to sing it to you.
We also enjoyed a review of classroom materials (materias escolares) by having student teams participate in a post-it scavenger hunt in the library. Each team received a set of post it notes with a picture of the classroom item along with the Spanish word. They were to find these items in the library and post the sticky notes on them. Then, each team took turns showing the class what they had found and saying what it was, en español, of course. There was a lot of resourcefulness and creativity: for instance, in the photo below, this ingenious student put post-its for bread (el pan) and juice (el jugo) on her stomach as she had eaten toast and had orange juice for breakfast. ¡Qué divertido!