Yolanda’s summary

Report from Yolanda

15 August

Spanish, kindergarten:

The students reviewed the procedures for the class. Then they practiced saying greetings and worked on learning to count to 10.

Spanish, 1st – 2nd grades:
The students learned the procedure for class routine; they started to learn the Spanish alphabet.

Spanish, 3rd – 4th grades:

The students reviewed the procedure for class, then they covered some of the vocabulary from last year as well as the words for numbers.

Spanish, 5th – 8th grades:

The students reviewed the words used for numbers and those used for pictures.

22 August

Spanish, kindergarten:

The class has been working on greetings like ¿Cómo te llamas? = What is your name? and ¿Cómo estás? = How are you? They are also working in counting and recognizing the number and number word in Spanish (0-5).

Spanish, 1st – 2nd grades:1st-2nd:

The students are reviewing greetings and also learning the Spanish alphabet in small chunks (A, B, C, Ch, and D). They also learn at least 3 words that have the beginning sound. (e.g. azul and chico).

Spanish, 3rd – 5th grades:

3rd-5th:  The class is reviewing the date and days of the week with additional words, such as hora – time and mañana – tomorrow.  They also browsed through some Spanish library books for enjoyment and to see if they recognized any words.

Spanish, 6th – 8th grades:

Groups 1 and 2 reviewed the vocabulary for action words and learned to conjugate “hablar” (to talk) in the present tense. Those that were finished with their work browsed through Spanish library books for enjoyment and to see if the recognized some words. Group 2 worked on an exercise to practice carrying on a conversation in Spanish.

29 August

Spanish, kindergarten:

The class members have been working on saying greetings and practicing how to answer ¿Cómo estás? using the word “bien”.  They also worked on counting from 0 to 5 and recognizing the written numerical word.

Spanish, 1st – 2nd grades:

The students are reviewing greetings and also working on ppronouncing the Spanish alphabet.  They focused on the second group of 6 letters after the letter “d”. (E to J).  The class learned how to say the name of the letter and then found at least three Spanish words that have that sound as the beginning sound of the word.

Spanish, 3rd – 5th grades:

The students are practicing saying the date and greetings. They also worked on knowing the names for the days of the week and then practiced using the words “ayer “, “hoy” and “mañana“ in relation to the days of the week (Hoy es lunes y mañana es martes. Today is Monday and tomorrow is Tuesday).

Spanish, 6th – 8th grades:

The students (in both groups) worked on the vocabulary dealing with places in the city (museo-museum and rascacielos-skyscrapers).  Group 1 wrote sentences using the vocabulary while group 2 worked on writing a script in Spanish and then presenting the script to the class in Spanish and English.

5 September

Spanish, kindergarten:

The class has been practicing saying greetings and answering the question, ¿Cómo estás? (How are you?) using the words “bien” and “mal”.  They also continue to practice counting to ten in Spanish.

Spanish, 1st – 2nd grades:

The students continue to practice saying greetings and the Spanish alphabet while also learning at least 3 words that start with each letter of the alphabet.

Spanish, 3rd – 5th grades:

The class continues to practice saying the date and proper greetings.  They have been working on the correct usage of the words “Uds.”(formal you) and the word “tu” (informal you).

Spanish, 6th – 8th grades:

The students (both groups) worked on how to ask questions and making sure they understand the meaning of the questions, such as ¿Quién eres? Who are you?. The second group of students presented their scripts (in Spanish and English) to the class.

12 September

Spanish, kindergarten:

The class continues to practice saying greetings and the answers in Spanish, for instance, “How are you?”  They also studied the names for 5 colors, red – rojo, yellow – amarillo, black – negro, blue –  azul, and green –verde.   They also continued to practice counting from 1to10.

Spanish, 1st – 2nd grades:

The students are working on vocabulary used to name classroom objects.  They also continued to practice saying greetings.

Spanish, 3rd – 5th grades:

The class is practicing how to answer the questions “What is the date?”, “How are you?” and “What is your name?”, in random order. They worked on vocabulary used to name family members, for example, nephew –sobrino and baby – bebé.

Spanish, 6th – 8th grades:

During the first 2 days both groups reviewed words that ask questions (¿Quien?–  Who/whom and ¿Dónde ?-where).  Group 1 members worked on research on topics like 16 de Septiembre and Grandparents Day, in which they will read their findings in Spanish.  Group 2 continued to review words that ask questions and their meanings.

19 September

Spanish, kindergarten:

The class continues to practice greetings. They have also learned 5 new colors for this week, including café –brown and rosado or rosa – pink. The students are also practicing counting to 15.

Spanish, 1st – 2nd grades:

The students continue to practice saying greetings and they have also done some activities to reinforce their knowledge of classroom vocabulary, such as, maestro – teacher and pupitre or escritorio for desk.

Spanish, 3rd – 5th grades:

The class practiced saying the date daily and continued to work on answering the question ¿Cómo estás? with a variety of responses, such as fantástico or cansado.

Spanish, 6th – 8th grades:

Both groups worked with the question “¿Que es?” and had to answer the question using  “un” or “una”.(¿Que es? Es una manzana.) The first group presented their research on the important days, 16 de Septiembre, Grandparents Day, and 9-11 to the class, reading their report in Spanish.

26 September

Spanish, kindergarten:

The students continue to practice greetings, counting to 15, and recognizing the names for colors. They also started learning the vocabulary used for shapes – (formas), such as: círculo – circle, triángulo – triangle,  and cuadrado – square.

Spanish, 1st – 2nd grades:

The class members practice greetings at least 3 times a week and they have been working on vocabulary used for naming classroom objects.

Spanish, 3rd – 5th grades:

The students continue to practice saying the date, greetings, and how to answer the question, “How are you?” using a variety of answers.

Spanish, 6th – 8th grades:

Group 1 finished their research reports and presented these to the class.  Both groups worked on phrases that would ask permission to do something, such as ¿Puedo sentarme? May I sit down and ¿Puedo formarme? May I line up?

3 October

Spanish, kindergarten:

The class practiced saying greetings, colors and counting.  They are working on the vocabulary for shapes, for example, rhombus –  rombo.

Spanish, 1st – 2nd grades:

The students are practicing saying the dates and also working on the many vocabulary words for classroom objects, for example, pegamento – glue.

Spanish, 3rd – 5th grades:

The students continue to practice saying the date and answering the questions ¿Cómo estás? and ¿Cómo te sientes¿. They are also working on the vocabulary for classroom objects.

Spanish, 6th – 8th grades:

The class worked on conjugating the verbs, levanter – to get up or lift, and formar -to line up. They then practiced using the pronouns that go with the correct present tense.

10 October

Spanish, kindergarten:

Students practiced saying greetings and numbers. They continue to name and recognize the words for shapes and colors.

Spanish, 1st – 2nd grades:1st-2nd 1st -2nd:

The class members practiced saying the date in Spanish and continued to review the vocabulary used for naming classroom objects.

Spanish, 3rd – 5th grades:

The students continued to practice saying the date and answering the question, “How are you feeling? (¿Cómo te sientes?). They are also working on the vocabulary used for colors and that used in the classroom.

Spanish, 6th – 8th grades:

The students have been working on vocabulary for naming different  kinds of people  besides family members, for example, el chico – the boy, la gente – the people, and un joven – a teenager.

17 October

Spanish, kindergarten:

The class continues to practice saying greetings, reviewing the names for colors and shapes, and counting to 15.  They started learning the new vocabulary for pets, for example, perro – dog and pato – duck.

Spanish, 1st – 2nd grades:

The class practiced saying the date and learned the Spanish vowels – vocales ( ah,eh,ee,oh, oo).

They also wrote some words that started with each of the sounds of the vocales (vowels).

Spanish, 3rd – 5th grades:

The class practiced saying the date and answering the question “How are you?” or “How do you feel?”  The students also learned the sounds of the vocales (vowels)  and practiced vocabulary that had the vowel sounds at the beginning, middle, and the end.

Spanish, 6th – 8th grades:

The class worked on definite articles “el”(the) and “la” and with indefinite articles “a” and “an” and when to use them in a sentence.