• The first six weeks of school K students learned about school routines, school commands, greetings, some colors, some school objects and numbers up to 10.

    The students began talking about their emotions, learning different ways to answer the question, “¿Cómo estás?” (How are you?).  We sang a Spanish-language version of the song “If you are happy and you know it, clap your hands,” while pretending to be happy, sad, tired, scared, sick, angry or surprised. During September and October we talked about community helpers. We played a mimicking game in which one student acted out a sentence that the other students guessed. An example would be, “The police officer is happy.” The students began their unit on body parts and the five senses.  Ask them to name some of their body parts for you in Spanish.  They have been learning  songs such as “Cabeza, hombros, piernas pies”  

    The students learned about clothing and shapes. They can say colors and clothing in Spanish. They did patterns with shapes and clothing. We enjoyed playing a game where we described what color and clothing a student was wearing. They continue counting up to thirty. They learned about family members, pets, and rooms in the house. Students continue doing the calendar and giving commands in Spanish. In our topic based on a book called "The Hungry Caterpillar", they talked about fruits, veggies and food.

    They are currently learning about farm animals.  These units parallel the current classroom kindergarten curriculum in talking about living and non-living things. 

First Grade

  • First grade students have been talking about school routines, classroom behavior, classroom commands, classroom objects, colors and counting numbers by 10s up to 100.

    Students have learned vocabulary about classroom objects and modes of transportation.  During September and October we talked about feelings and community helpers. They learned  about body parts based on a song called “Me duele la cabeza”. This song is about calling the doctor because different body parts hurt.  

    First grade finished their unit about parts of the plant to support their case study “Plants”. Everyday, students identified and talked about parts of the plant. For their final product, students created parts of the plant poster in Spanish.  

    They enjoyed the unit called “El gusano que tenia mucha hambre,” which is based on a story about a hungry worm looking for food that only seems to find himself stuck in articles of various clothing.  Students talked about clothing and what their favorite things are.  We continue counting by fives and tens up to a hundred. We also talked about family and home. Currently, they are learning about food. They review fruits and vegetables learned in kindergarten and also will learn new food words. They will  learn to identify their feelings and preferences using the phrases, “I am thirsty,” (Tengo sed), “I am hungry” (Tengo hambre), “I like it” (Me gusta), and “I don’t like it” (No me gusta).

Second Grade

  • During our first six weeks, we learned the alphabet, rooms in the school, people in the school, how to get to school, and objects from school. We compared and contrasted a school in another country.  As a part of this unit, we reviewed school routines, calendar, weather, numbers, colors,  emotions, greetings, classroom behavior, classroom commands, and transportation.

    At the end of September, we were off to explore Decatur and our community around us in our new unit.  Students learned the names of many community places and the names of helpers.  Students also learned how to tell time in Spanish to an hour and a half hour.  This is a fun unit that the students always enjoy. At the end of this unit, students illustrated a place of their choice and wrote a sentence.

    We finished our case study “Las Fases de la Luna” This unit parallels their case study “The Moon”. In this unit, students learned about the moon phases in Spanish and drew about them.  Students were singing about the moon phases in Spanish. For their final product, students created a moon phase poster in Spanish.

    Students enjoyed our unit called “Una reunion familiar.” In this unit we talked about family members, rooms in the home, and learned new vocabulary about household objects and furniture in the house.  We talked about personal routines and activities done at home. We continue practicing and reading the vocabulary words by syllables and classifying them in alphabetical order. In our unit, “Let’s go to a restaurant”, we talked about food.  We  learned polite expressions used at dinnertime, food and nutrition.

    Second grade began their last unit of this year, “Let’s Go to México.” Students will explore México through geography, music, food and culture. In this Unit, students will have the opportunity to review previous vocabulary while practicing skills of description, comparing, contrasting, and map-reading. Also, new clothing vocabulary will be introduced as the class “packs their suitcase” for Mexico. Students will plan the trip, pack for the trip, and then pretend to go on the trip.

    If you can, please continue to provide the children with the opportunity to listen to the Spanish language and to practice speaking. You can use our Spanish website's resources. We have videos, songs, and games. Of course, trips to your neighborhood Latin America cuisine restaurants will provide you with the opportunity to let your child practice polite expressions, identify foods, and to listen to authentic music. Go on scavenger hunts in your neighborhood and see how many things of Spanish origin you can find in your community. Let the children listen to music of all Spanish-speaking countries. And, to those who will be traveling this summer to Spanish-speaking countries, I wish you and your children a great learning experience.