The Chispa series is a great way to expose students to language packed with high frequency structures! In these videos we mostly use simple language, but sometimes storylines require a few more complicated sentences. The good news is that it’s OK if students don’t understand some parts of the dialogues because the images in the video and supporting illustrations we’ve added to it will help students understand more than we think they will.
We love that Valentine’s Day has become a day to celebrate all types of love, in all colors, shapes and sizes! This year we’re celebrating the love we have for our friends, our family, our pets, and ourselves with these Valentine's Day resources for kids in Spanish. We hope that you like them and that you'll share the ways you celebrate with us on our Facebook page or in our Rockalingua Teacher Collaboration Group!
One of the greatest difficulties in the transition from physical to online teaching has been the fact that we can’t touch things. We can’t call volunteers to the front of the classroom and have them demonstrate, we can’t pass out flashcards and do an ask and answer activity, and we can’t high five our students when they’ve done a fantastic job in class…although we'd love to see some of the new variations of online or distance high-fiving ;) With all of those typical interactions absent from learning, it’s been incredible to see how teachers have filled the gaps between face to face learning and the new online system. We’ve adapted activities to help students continue to feel connected, we’ve made things more visual, we're giving out virtual stickers, and we’ve really focused on exploring emotions and confronting them to try to make this whole experience easier on our students. Today, we’re going to explore ways that we can use images to practice high frequency structures in Spanish and prepositions of place in online Spanish classes for kids (or in person!). These activities are designed to use online, but can easily be adapted for in person classes.
It’s almost holiday break and even though it’ll be a little different this year, we can still feel the excitement in the air. The lights are up, trees are decorated and people are finding new ways to celebrate. We’re excited to announce that we finally have our very own Christmas and New Year's song for kids in Spanish! It’s something we’ve been working hard on and we’re happy to have it out just in time for the holiday season. We wanted to make a song and video that you can use in your Spanish classes to introduce cultural customs of Spanish speaking countries while practicing natural language and pronunciation by singing along to a catchy tune. While the Christmas celebration is very similar to ways students will celebrate, the New Year’s Eve custom of eating 12 grapes to have good luck in the new year is something new for many Spanish learners and exciting to learn about! We wanted to create teaching resources that we hope will provide you with an easy and very visual way to teach culture in Spanish classes for kids. If your class is interested in the custom of eating 12 grapes at midnight, you can find more teaching ideas here.
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