The Spanish Class

Jehovah-Jireh Christian Academy

Beginner 1: Weeks 5- 10

 

Noticias de La Clase de Español

Parent Teacher Talk

Can your child identify numbers and colors in Spanish?

Five-week Summary

In the second five weeks of class, we have learned the alphabet song, and practiced Spanish vowels and consonants. The students are learning to spell the words that they hear, and the are very good at this activity! We have continued to practice colors, and we have introduced numbers 0-10 as well as shapes, playing games to reinforce recognition of new words. The students have learned and practiced writing sentences with two Sight Words: yo, which means I, and soy, which means am. On our last day of class for the year, students will create their own set of “Colorines,” which are small square cards of different colors, labeled on one side with numbers, and on the other with shapes. They can take these home and use them as flashcards or as materials for practice games:

Hop, Pick, and Name with Colorines can be played individually or with friends. Lay out one or two sets of Colorines. Players will take turns picking up and identifying as many cards (color, shape, number) as they can in 30 seconds while hopping on one foot. An individual player can test themselves to see if they can beat the clock!

Conversation Practice with Colorines can be done in pairs or small groups. Students can ask conversation questions and respond using colorines. For example, one student asks ¿Cuántos años tienes? and the other responds by raising the coloring with their age on it. Another question is ¿Cuál es tu color favorito?

Find the Match with Colorines can be done with small groups of at least 3 players. One player calls a color, number, or shape. The other two players spread out their colorine sets. The first player to find the color, number, or shape that is called gets a point. An alternate version is to place one or two sets of colorines in between three players. Whoever finds the card called first keeps it. The player who has the most colorines at the end wins the game.

 

A Word about Homework
All homework assignments will be kept in your child’s Diario de Tarea (Homework Log). This can always be found glued into the front of their class notebook or composition book. Each Diario de Tarea will log four-weeks’ worth of homework and will list workbook, online practice, and supplementary worksheet assignments to be completed at home. For more practice, students are encouraged to review in-class activities at home. All in-class activities will either be written or glued in their class notebook, or stored in their class folder. The Risas y Sonrisas online materials include recorded pronunciations for all vocabulary words that you can play and practice with your child (next to the red “V” under each theme tab). Listening and pronouncing the words out loud while completing workbook pages will make the most out of these activities. Recommendations for additional practice may be found below.

 

Here’s what we are working on in the following areas:

Vocabulary: Ch. 1 Colors

Pronunciation: Alphabet (Vowels and Consonants)

Q&A Conversation: Greetings and introducing yourself to others. Saying how old you are and identifying colors of objects.

#1 Q: ¡Cuántos años tienes ! A: Tengo # años.  Q: How old are you?  A: I am __ years old. )

Q: ¡Què color es? A: Es ______.  Q: What color is this?  A: It is _____. )

Q#9, #10: ¡Buenos días! ¡Buenas tardes! ¡Buenas noches!  A: ¡Aquí estoy! ¡Terminè! ¡Ya me voy  

            ( Q: Good morning! Good afternoon! Good evening!  A: I’m here!  I’m finished!  I’m leaving! )

#11 Q: ¿Cómo te llamas? A: Me llamo ________ (your name). ( Q: What is your name?  A: My name is ________. )
#8 Q: ¡Hola! ¿Cómo estás? A: Muy bien gracias. ¿Y tú?  ( Q: Hello! How are you?  A: Very well, thanks. And you? )
#13 Q:  ¡Mucho gusto!   A: ¡Bienvenidos!  Q: Nice to meet you!  A: Welcome! )
#15 Q: ¡Hasta mañana! A: ¡Adiós!  Q: See you tomorrow!  A: Goodbye! )

Reading: Reading cognate words to practice new Spanish alphabet knowledge.

Writing: Writing sentences using the sight word “yo” and “soy.”

Online Resources (Link) [Download a Flash browser, such as Photon, Puffin or iSwifter to use on iPad]

Chapter 1 Alphabet, Colors, Numbers, Shapes. View sign language videos, learn song lyrics, and play a practice game. Use colorines to practice colors, shapes, and numbers.

Workbook and Worksheets

Workbook 1: Pages 1-14 (Finish color activities, move on to shapes, numbers, Q&A practice pages).

Journal

Write a brief description of yourself by answering the conversation questions we have learned so far. What is your name? How old are you? What is your favorite color? What are you like?

Describe yourself using “Yo soy…” and adding adjectives. You may write the adjectives in English or look in a dictionary to find words in Spanish. The phrase “Yo soy” is used to talk about your personality and physical appearance.