Twenty-five years ago when I moved back to Minnesota from Madrid, Spain I was fortunate to get a job as a 4th, then a 3rd grade teacher at Robbinsdale Language Immersion Program (LIP). Back then, to the best of my knowlege, LIP was only the second language immersion school in the state of Minnesota! Roll the clock ahead to 2017 and there over 75 language immersion childcares and schools in Minnesota including Spanish, French, Chinese, Hmong, Ojibwe, Korean and German! And this does not include Home School Families. Know that you are on the cutting edge by using Teach & Learn Spanish to bring a second language into the lives of classroom of students or your own children!
Back in the 1990's When I lived in Madrid and traveled Europe I was always amazed and intrigued that it was considered normal for children to grow up speaking two and in some countries even three languages! After doing research I learned that a child's brain is wired to naturally acquire language, any language they are exposed to. So if I had a baby and moved to Japan, my baby would grow up totally fluent in Japanese. The same if I raised my child in France, they would grow up with a perfect French accent! How about raising a child here at home in the USA in English and at the same time exposing them to Spanish? Yep, they will grow up bilingually! This is the premise behind the very popular and growing number of language immersion schools not only in Minnesota but throughout the United States. As a 3rd grade teacher in Robbinsdale, the 8-year old American kids would begin the year with me fairly fluent in Spanish as they had been learning Spanish in grades K-2. The funny thing was that their parents didn't know any Spanish! There are several reasons why I created Teach & Learn: Spanish. One is to help you be on the cutting edge of teaching your classroom or your own children a second language, even if you don't know any Spanish. Another is to provide a super easy to use and fun resource for families who plan to or do send their child to a Spanish immersion school.
Encourage your students to become the Spanish teacher in their home! At the end of each class you teach, motivate them to teach their parents, siblings, friends etc. what they learn from you. The interactive newsletters at www.oneilllanguage.com can help them!
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I just wanted to welcome everyone who is new to this blog! My hope is that we can all share ideas on what activies the kids love from the Spanish by the Month lessons!
Last night I had the privilege to meet and work with the Director and Preschool Teachers at the YMCA in Woodbury. They are wonderful to work with, have a great sense of humor and are eager to get started teaching Spanish to their students-HURRAH! They are beginning with Spanish In January. A new idea we talked about is to prepare a "Spanish Show" that the kids can perform at the end of each month to other classrooms or even to parents! If the kids knew they were working towards performing for others they would think that is pretty cool! One Woobury YMCA teacher suggested having her kids prepare the song "Frosty the Snowman" which is in the Spanish In January lesson-in Spanish it is called "Mi Hombre de Nieve". The kids can not only sing it but act it out for other classroom, people who visit the YMCA and parents-WOW!!!
I teach Spanish to toddlers and perschoolers at four centers each week. I am going to prepare my students at one of the centers to perform at the end of the month for other classrooms and I will let you know how it goes! I have a feeling it is going to be a HUGE HIT! If so I may implement it as a new goal each month!
Yesterday the kids I taught LOVED when we called the NORTH POLE to find out how to say parts of the snowman in Spanish: Spanish In January Activity 3 CD Track 3! They laughed a lot, paid very close attention and had so much fun!
Also after listening to the number CD Tracks for numbers 1-10 and 11-20 I asked the kids who wanted to try to count from 1-10 on their own. A few kids raised their hands and counted from 1-10 in Spnanish-all by themselves. I pretended to faint I was so happy. They thought that me fainting was so funny. By the end of the class every student took a turn! When a child could not count al the way, the class and I helped them. We poured on the compliments from this lesson: "¡Qué guay! ¡Magnífico! ¡Bien hecho!
There is so much packed into this lesson and each lesson, focus on a few activities and help your kids learn them well rather than trying to get to every activity. (Save the extra activites for a rainy day or for next year!)
Please share your experiences teaching Spanish! What activities do your kids especially like?
-Author of Spanish by the Month