¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español!
We are excited to start another amazing year of Spanish in our Primary Years Program Grades K-5. We will continue to use Sombrero Time as our base curriculum while incorporating IB profiles and units of inquiry when possible. We provide approximately 30-40 minutes of instruction time per class Mondays through Thursdays. Our focus is on Engagement of the student through the four phases of language: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing; with our primary focus on Listening in the younger years. Second Language learners need as many hours and exposure to the secondary language as possible!
Welcome letter 2017-2018
¡Bienvenidos al Nuevo Año escolar 2017-2018!
We are so very excited to start off another fabulous year with you and your students. We are committed in bringing our knowledge and love for Spanish and the Spanish culture to our school. For those new families out there, I would like to introduce my team and myself.
I am Señora Mariana Mathews, the LBCS Spanish coordinator and lead teacher. I am originally from Córdoba Argentina, and have been fortunate enough to live and school in Chile, México and Spain. I obtained my BA in Spanish and then my Teaching Credentials and MA in Education from UCLA. I have a son who is a Junior at Del Oro HS and another, a 7th grader in LBCS! I love this school, the staff and all the families that continue to make this place a community for all.
Our new Primary teacher is Señora Arlene Hill. Sra. Hill was born in the US and is of Mexican decent. She was lucky to have learned Spanish from her parents and grandparents. She has been teaching Spanish with Sombrero Time, our program partner, for nine years and I am thrilled to have her on our team.
Our fabulous Señora Angie Martinez will continue working with us in the Middle Years Program. She comes to us from Bogotá, Colombia. She has been teaching Spanish here and with Sombrero Time for over 8 years!
We would also like to welcome Profesora Alicia Foster, recently relocated from Barcelona, Spain, who is joining us from the District and will be instructing the Middle Years Program as well.
Our goal is to promote a curiosity and an open mind to the many diverse Spanish cultures in a fun, respectful and engaging way. Learning additional languages connects us to the world around us and to a deeper understanding of who we are and where we are from.
Our IB School Language Policy and Philosophy is to teach only in the Target Language during Spanish class time. Students will be fully immersed in Spanish after the first week. Please help support our program by encouraging your child to stay open minded and be engaged in Spanish class. Studies show that immersion programs greatly enhance brain development and critical thinking and have the best longevity success rate. Our goal is that students not only acquire an ear for the language but also become life-long learners, lovers and users of Spanish!
Spanish will commence August 28th for all students.
We have one additional request for materials (1st through 5th only):
-Please send in one hard cover (plastic) folder (not binder) marked “Spanish” and your child’s name clearly labeled.
Students will keep them at school with their units of study. Occasional homework will be sent home.
Be sure to check out our website for games, videos and timeline. Mini video lessons by Sombrero Time are available as well as practice packets.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Watch Prof. Amanda mini lessons on all the basics!
Homework Packets: for school-home connections! This is supplementary work that you can help with at home. It is a great way to check-in with your child's progress, reinforce what we are teaching and have fun with at home! We will be sending these out every few months. The PDF's are also available here for download. Many websites for Spanish learners can facilitate these activities.
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd packets
4th & 5th packets
K-3: Below is the basic curriculum overview
COLORS, NUMBERS, GREETINGS: used in class
Face and Body parts; Clothing
My community: places in my town, people and transportation
The Farm; animals and sounds
Holiday: La Navidad
Feliz Año Nuevo! Happy New Year!
Review of Community Unit and Assessment
The Seasons and clothing, short stories
The Family and the house themes
March & April:
Rooms in our house: cocina, comedor, sala, baño, habitación, jardín
Our All About Me storybooks and oral presentations
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4-5: Below is the the basic curriculum overview
4th: Numbers 1-100
Learning to describe yourself.
Verb: To be (ser) presentations describing yourself.
Reading: Letter writings to a friend
5th: Latin American countries and capitals.
Verbs: llamarse (to call oneself-my name is)
to need to (necesitar) and feel like (tener ganas de)
4th & 5th: Oral presentations- self, family and town
November & December:
4th: The 5 senses
verb: Can (poder), Feel (sentir) Feel-emotion (sentirse)
Stories: Miguel and his Spanish country adventures
Verb: to know (saber), prefer (preferir)
4th: Finish the 5 Senses
verb: tener (to have)
5th: Retelling and Presentations of Miguel and his Spanish country adventures: written assessments
Verbs: saber and conocer
4th: Town, Transportation, and Directions
verbs: caminar (to walk), doblar (to turn), ir (to go), viajar (travel)
5th: Mexico and cuisine, recipes and restaurants
verbs: comer (to eat), pedir (to order), gustar (to like), saber (to know)
4th: Stories, Seasons theme, and beginning creative story writing process
5th: Exploring Mexico: The Volcano experiment
April & May:
4th & 5th: Creative Story finals and presentations
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Jose Luis Orozco Website
¡Feliz 5 de mayo!
In May we will be discussing the reason behind celebrating 5 de mayo in the U.S. 6th grade will be presenting at Mustang Round-Up; facts, myths and cross-cultural significance for this fiesta. Ask your student what they think it means!