Learning a new language creates a whole new path in our brain (different than when we learn a first language). For more on this topic, please see my blog entitled, "Classroom Theory". This is hard work for our minds, and based on what else is going on in your young learners mind this process will be quicker in some brains, and slower in others. All students are making progress, but the speed of progress can vary. This is okay, everyone's mind works differently (it's part of what makes the world such an interesting place). I vary instruction in school to suit all students needs, and my website has a variety of information available for every type of learner. To learn how to maximize the website's potential for your student, read below:
Students in need of help:
Please don't worry if your student struggles a bit with Spanish, or seems to not know much of what is said in the videos. This is all part of the process. Active listening is till hard work, and will help your student progress, even if they don't know a lot of what is being said. If your student seems confused with the longer cartoons, or Duolingo, and could use a bit of help please try the following:
Students in need of a challenge:
Some students are ready for a challenge in their second language, and some kids come to school already speaking Spanish at home (the amount varies), for kids ready for a special challenge my website is a great resource. Simply let the students play on the suggested buttons on their homepage. They will naturally gravitate towards high interest and usually harder activities. This natural play with the language is great for language acquisition. I also HIGHLY recommend DuoLingo.
I am in my 11th year teaching in Saline. I've taught: 3rd grade, 5th grade, Spanish/French/German Intro, Quest, Middle School Spanish, and Elementary Spanish.