Currently In Spanish

Pre-k and Kindergarten are learning the alphabet and words for places in our community. Pre-k is also practicing our songs for Grandparents' Day.

First and Second grade are studying classroom objects vocabulary.

3rd grade just finished a unit on classroom things.

Fourth graders are working on the days of the week in Spanish.

Fifth grade is learning professions vocabulary.

Sixth grade is learning infinitives which is the first step in learning the Spanish verb system.

Terrie Maxwell
What's Happening in Spanish?

In Pre-k through First Grade, we are singing, marching and doing jumping jacks with our vocabulary words and phrases. We are also tracing and drawing pictures of our vocabulary. 

In Second through Sixth grades, we are playing games to learn our vocabulary. We have played Review-O-Rama ( a relay game) and bingo. We are also performing dialogs in Sixth Grade, and we are doing written work in all the classes.

Terrie Maxwell
Starting the New Year

Here are the points of emphasis for the various levels of Spanish in the new year. PreK will be studying the Spanish alphabet. They will learn to write and say each letter, as well as learning vocabulary to accompany each letter.

In kindergarten through second grade, the students will learn to spell and write vocabulary previously acquired orally. Third through sixth grade will learn new vocabulary as well as mastering points of grammar necessary for forming sentences.

Terrie Maxwell
Update about Spanish Class

Here is an update about what we will be doing between now and Christmas. In Pre-K through 2nd grade we will be learning Spanish shapes. Pre-k and Kindergarten will be doing total physical response activities, shapes videos, and drawing / tracing worksheets. First and Second Grade will be doing these activities as well as sentences using shapes with colors and other adjectives.

Third through sixth grade will be learning about definite and indefinite articles as well as adjective agreement. Our vocabulary focus will still be body parts.  Activities will vary in difficulty for the different grade levels.

All classes will be learning about Christmas customs in Hispanic countries. We will be busy between now and La Navidad.

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Terrie Maxwell
Spanish at St. James

Spanish class is very busy this week. Our students are currently learning parts of the body in Spanish. This week we are learning head (la cabeza), hair (el pelo), eyes (los ojos), ears (las orejas), and hombros (shoulders). Pre-k and kindergarten are watching children's videos over parts of the body. They are also drawing faces, pasting labeled parts on paper, and tracing the words. First and second grade are drawing and labeling faces as well as writing the vocabulary. 

Third through sixth grade are reviewing parts of the body by watching children's videos, drawing and labeling, doing a vowel puzzle as well as a crossword.

I am using TPR (total physical response), a method developed by James Asher, in all of the classes. It involves me giving commands and the students acting out the command. An example is toquese la cabeza (touch your head). The students act out the command in groups, pairs, and individually. This method is effective and keeps the students' affective filter low, which is important when learning a language.

I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to teach at St. James. I look forward to a successful school year.

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Terrie Maxwell