Kindergarten starts each class with the sign of the cross in Spanish and days of the week with actions. Next we work on words in our current unit of study which is colors. They have learned red and yellow so far. We will add blue, green, orange, purple, black, and white. They do lots of coloring and games.
1st and 2nd Grade Spanish
We start each class with prayer and the days of the week. Students are invited up to show the class what today, yesterday, and tomorrow are. Then we practice words in our current unit of study which is colors. Students were given a pretest and now we'll work on those colors that lots of people missed.
3rd and 4th Grade Spanish
Third and fourth grade students each have their own folder that stays in the classroom to keep their work in this year. Also, rather than being given a vocabulary list they will be asked to copy down the words and maintain their own running list throughout the year. Plenty of time will be given to do that. We'll start each class with prayer and discussing days of the week for yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
We're starting with a unit over school supplies and beginning some simple sentences. I will be asking them to use various strategies including flashcards to work on vocabulary as we go along.
5th Grade Spanish
Fifth grade students each have their own folder that stays in the classroom to keep all their work in this year. Also, rather than being given a vocabulary list, they will be asked to copy down the words and maintain their own running list throughout the year. Plenty of time will be given to do this. They will be given assignments to prepare them for middle school Spanish, but will also be given time in class to complete all assignments. They'll only bring homework home if it doesn't get done in the time they're given or if they need to study for a test.
We start each class with prayer and talking about the weather that day in Spanish. Our first unit will be over supplies and colors vocabulary. Sentence structure and noun-adjective agreement will be a big focus.
**Middle School Memos**
All middle school students should come to class prepared with their folder, textbook (7th and 8th only), planner, free reading book, and writing utensil (black or blue pen or pencil please!) Rather than me giving students a vocabulary list this year, they will be asked to maintain a written list of their words in their folder. 6th grade will be copying their words from the board during class while 7th and 8th will copy from their textbook. I'm asking students to write out their words themselves because that will get them starting studying and taking more responsibility for their learning. Each class period begins with prayer and talking about the weather for that day in Spanish.
6th Grade Spanish
Our first unit will be over school supplies vocabulary and prepositions. Students will be working towards making sentences describing where items are at in relationship to each other. For example, "The pencil is on top of the folder."
7th Grade Spanish
Seventh grade is starting out with a unit about greeting others and introducing themeselves. They are working with vocabulary phrases and not just individual words now. The goal with this unit is for the students to be able to greet others, introduce themselves, and introduce a third person. Speaking will be stressed more starting this year.
8th Grade Spanish
Eighth grade is starting with a unit focusing on verbs that end with -ar. They will be using these verbs to describe what they do at school. Conjugating verbs is one of the most important skills to have when speaking Spanish so we'll be spending lots of time on it this year.
If your student qualifies for TAG, a note will be sent home in September asking for permission to pull them from class. TAG happens once each week for about 30 minutes. Students are responsible for any work they miss during their TAG class.