Elementary Spanish- First Week of School

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  1. rbrenton

    rbrenton New Member

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    Hello all-

    I am a first year Spanish Teacher and got a job at a Catholic School teaching Spanish Grades Pre-K through 8th. I am certified 7-12 so I have no experience teaching the younger children. I am having a hard time coming up with activities for the first day of school for Pre-K and Kindergarten. If anyone has any ideas I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks so much!
     
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    I took a class on K12 - what my prof stressed was that you should do culture-based units stretched out over a cardmarking. Then, you do your 20 or 30 min lesson with them doing only a little bit, but with lots of songs and games - if they learned one word, but know that one word, you did enough. Play games with the word, sing a song about the word, etc.

    Maybe the first couple days you teach your procedures in Spanish - teach them how to say "bathroom" and "senora" and "listen" - simple phrases that set the tone. From there, reinforce what they're doing in class - if they're learning the number 8, then your topic is "ocho." If they're learning about butterflies, teach them "mariposa." And so on. It will reinforce what they're doing and not overwhelm them.
     
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    Classroom language and basic stuff (numbers 1-10, colors, basic animals...) to start out with for the first few classes. Yes, games and songs, and maybe some stories in Spanish that they are already familiar with in English (simple picture books, like Eric Carle-- this will help you with your themes.) Have them learn the classroom routines and transition songs, etc.

    With the young ones, action songs and fingerplays that they can participate in without yet knowing the words-- again, Spanish versions of songs they already know are helpful. You sing and they join in with the actions.

    You could also have them draw pictures of their favorite animal and later you can make a mural and label (or have them label if they can copy words) the pictures in Spanish. Or any other type of craft that they could make, and you could wander around making simple comments in Spanish about what they are doing (some attribute of the drawing, praise, or whatever so they hear some personalized language in context.)

    ¡Suerte!
     
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    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    Out of my element here. But, as usual, I'll dive right in anywya.

    Why not tie your early lessons in to Dora the Explorer??? I imagine that most kids are familiar with Dora, and with lots of the Spanish vocab introduced in her show each day.

    Will anything here inspire an idea?
    http://www.nickjr.com/language-learning/spanish/

    http://goldwaterinstitute.org/article/dora-unlocks-bilingual-treasure-1

    http://beyondthebackpack.nickjr.com/activity/beyond-the-backpack-toolkit

    http://www.ehow.com/how_8115945_learn-spanish-dora-explorer.html

    http://www.dinolingo.com/languages/spanish.html
     
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    Thanks so much for the ideas. I was thinking of having them learn "hola" and "me llamo" the first day. Have them introduce themselves and then sing a song. Maybe have them draw a picture of themselves under the heading "Me llamo". Anyhow your ideas just made me confident that I'm on the right track. I'm new to the forum and it's nice to know that people are there and get back to you so soon so thanks :)
     

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