Helpful Hints at Home for All Ages:
Free Apps for Lower School:
My First Words Spanish
Spanish First Words With Phonics
Spanish for Kids
Mis Primeras Palabras
Lingu Pinguin Spanish
Flashcard Apps for kids/toddlers
Rosetta Stone for Kids (there are more than one)
5th Grade-8th Grade:
Mind Snacks (highly recommend buying full version)
Spanish to English Dictionary
Rosetta Stone Kids
Flashcard Apps level 1-3
And there are many, many more! Please inquire....
Remember it's great to watch several times to help reiterate the vocabulary. Repetition is key for learning a foreign language.
Muzzy Part I & II— This is wonderful set of educational DVD's to help children learn Spanish vocabulary. All levels.
El Perro y El Gato— A set of 4 DVDs in order to help children learn Spanish vocabulary) Distributed by HBO. All levels.
Sesame Street. All levels
Disney movies—Play the espanol version some time! You would be surprised by what they pick up. :) All levels.
I like to read to my children in Spanish. The best books can be ones that they are already familiar with, but in Spanish. Examples may be any of the Eric Carle books for beginners. I love- Say Hola to Spanish, there are several of these. I have a lot of workbook recommendations too, which are fun for all different levels. Please inquire if you are interested. Tumble Books are also a great resource that I use with your children. These are available through the Washoe County Library System. They are books that are popular in English then translated in Spanish and read aloud to the students. I continue to incorporate a TPRS (total physical response) method of teaching with new vocabulary, workbooks, as well as Tumble Books.
Middle School Spanish (Grades 6-8)
Middle School students at Lake Tahoe School are lucky enough to take Spanish 5 days a week for 50 minutes each day with me. Spanish is a core subject and we are dedicated to students moving to an advanced high school level when entering 9th grade. Students use a variety of resources. There is a textbook used with correlating workbooks, music, video, chapter books, reading, writing and many orals. I am teaching students to speak and learn Spanish that will help them to travel, hold conversations, and potentially use in their future careers. Much of the class is conversational and project based. At the end of Spanish 3, students will be confident with five different tenses. In Spanish 3, students are also keeping weekly journals in Spanish as well as watching Spanish films, reading Spanish newspaper articles, studying Spanish artists and ancient Spanish civilizations & much more! Middle School students continue to study in depth Spanish speaking countries and their different cultures.
Lower School Spanish (Grades 1-5)
All Lower School Spanish meets twice a Week for 45 minutes. We believe that exposure to a foreign language is most important at these young ages as well as discussing with students the importance of learning a foreign language. Our students learn Spanish through song, music, workbooks, story books, projects, art, video, iPads, and various other learning strategies. By 5th grade, Spanish classes are writing short books in Spanish & presenting orals in front of the class. By also studying Spanish speaking countries and their cultures students get a sense of the traditions as well as celebrations of people around the world.
Cinco de Mayo!
Students of all ages at Lake Tahoe School learn Spanish from ages 3-13! Whether you are learning the language or about South America, The Amazon, Pablo Picasso, Cinco de Mayo, Spain & much more!
Students at Lake Tahoe School learn to speak Spanish, but also learn about the many, many Spanish speaking countries and their cultures around the globe! Food, Family, Traditions, Celebrations & more!
El Dia de los Muertos!
Students at Lake Tahoe School learn about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) a very important celebration of life in Mexico! Students work in collaboration to create a beautiful altar.