¡Hola padres! This week we talked about Mi familia-My Family in Spanish class. All grade levels went through the same vocabulary words because I am currently in the Who We Are unit in Spanish Class. Family defines all of us so I gave each grade level an opportunity to use the words by learning vocabulary, practicing a short paragraph, and putting their family in a particular setting. Here is the break down:
K-1: After our morning routine, learners watched a video about mi familia. I love this video because it shows the most common words in Spanish but with the English translation. Our learners are able to make connections to what they know while learning new words. They later labeled the following: Mamá, papá, hermano, hermana, hijo, hija, bebé, gato, abuelo, abuela. I made sure that the struggling writers had access to a “dictionary” of these words already printed for them to practice at home.
2-3: Learners went through the morning routine and then they were introduced to the new vocabulary. Learners watched the same video K-1 did but at the end I had them write about their family. I asked them to fill in the blanks with the name of their immediate family and then we practiced saying it out loud. They later made a family tree labeling their family with the Spanish words they had learned.
4-5 Learners are starting to take ownership of the morning routine so I let them guide me in some ways. I let them know next week we will do a new song for the months of the year. We later heard a song about family members, their’s is more upbeat and has more words. We then saw a short ppt presentation showing them and repeating the words they were learning. Finally, learners were ask to imagine a birthday party where most members of their family, even their pets, were invited. They did such a great job. Those who did not finish can bring it over on viernes.
I also had many good conversations with our learners. Some are beginning to feel nervous about how they sound when they try to speak Spanish. I had many conversations with them and I told them they should embrace their native accents. To me, it’s one of the things that gives us national identity and we should be proud of it. So, rather than pushing to sound native, I am encouraging them to be risk-takers, have an open mind and be the best communicators they can be in a language that is really new to them. We also went through the stages of their English language acquisition. We start with letters, then transition to words, then sentences, then paragraphs and finally we make our own information with what we know. If this happens with their first language it also happens with any other language. I am asking you parents to have these conversations at home and encourage them to make mistakes in Spanish. I want them to have a positive experience while creating a global mentality through the acquisition of a second language.