A place for first year Spanish students to play and practice their language skills.
All "student buttons" appear at the top of the screen, to provide quick access. Explanations of the various categories, and how best to use them are found below.
How often should my Student practice Spanish?
- Research shows that a large increase in language learning occurs when a student is exposed to the target language for at least 20 minutes, 4 times a week. As students work in the target language with me twice a week at school, spending 20 minutes playing on my site twice a week, should help your student greatly improve their language skills. However, research also shows that young minds need time to play creatively, rest, and spend time with their family to be ready to learn. Therefore, although spending 20 minutes practicing Spanish twice a week is recommended, it is okay to skip this activity when things get busy. What should I practice first? All above activities "buttons" (which will change as we change topics) reinforce what is being done in class (although this is not the only way to practice Spanish). 1) Buttons above here are a great first choice. 2) Sr. Wooly (which students will have accounts for soon) is next. 3) Duolingo (see below for more info) is also a great choice.
- Starting in October, the last week of every month, a 'Spanish Challenge check-in' button will appear on my homepage. To register your child's progress, you simply need to click the button, fill out the form, and submit it. All students who complete homework that month will have their name put into a prize drawing the next month.
Sr. Wooly -
Available for 4th and 5th grade students, full access to Señor Wooly's website! On the site, students can watch hilarious and comprehensible song/stories in Spanish, and play learning games. Students will create an account in class soon, that they can use to access the site here.
- Duolingo is a free (and add free) site that allows users to practice new language skills in a fun, effective, and highly customized manner. Students complete mini lessons in a format similar to Rosetta Stone, answer questions, translate, and more. The program assesses your language ability, and the lessons change to match it. Your learner can earn experience points, badges, and compete against classmates in a fun way. I can also monitor student progress, and will do a prize drawing each month for students that play. To participate click on the link below with your classroom teacher's name and help your student register. All you need is an e-mail address! Duolingo is used in many classroom and is considered a safe site. Students can receive friend requests (so they can compete against friends to earn badges), however private messages cannot be sent via Duolingo. Parents should evaluate the site to before signing your son or daughter up to make sure it is right for your student. My own children love it when I play with them! An Android and Apple App are available to play on handheld devices.
Sitio recomendado - Recomended Site
- These sites are fun places for students to practice Spanish. Here students can find activities that reinforce what we are doing in school in a variety of manners in the Spanish language including games, shows, songs, and stories. Students are encouraged to play on here whenever it seems fun! The site(s) available will change throughout the year.
TPRS - Total Physical Response Story Telling
- If your student attended Kindergarten in Saline, they began the work of getting ready to act out stories in Spanish by practicing frequently used words, and starting to act out well known stories in the target language. In first grade they will continue to advance this work. If an activity that enhances our TPRS work is available to first grade students, a red button will appear with the student buttons above. Nothing is available at this time.
- Don't worry, I'm not talking about a real pet! In an effort to encourage students to bring Spanish home, and as a cultural connection, students will each be bringing home a Spanish pet for one week during the school year. Each pet was chosen for their connection to the Spanish speaking world. Students will try to speak to the pet in Spanish at home during the week, complete a one page worksheet, take a picture with the pet, and bring it back to school. It's always appreciated when the pet gets a 'bath' in the washing machine before retuning to school as well. This project takes the whole year to complete, please encourage your student to have patience while waiting for the pet.
- To view the parent letter explaining this assignment in detail click here.
- To view a copy of the student assignment that can be printed at home click here.
- Feeling extra creative? Try making a short (Spanish of course) video with your pet for your student to show the class (example in link below).