A place for First Grade 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 first grader 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 activities available to students that reinforce what is being done in class, will always be made available in the student buttons seen above. If multiple buttons are available it is recommended that students complete them in the following order: 1) Tarea/Homework 2) Lista Activa OR TPRS 3) Sitio Recomendado.
- Starting in October, the last week of every month, a 'homework check-in' button will appear at the top of this page. To register your child's homework 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.
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).