06/09/2017

Spanish worksheets for kids

In language learning worksheets can both help and hinder language production.  Here are some of our recommendations for how to use them and which ones to use in your Spanish classes with kids.

 

When adults are asked how they could possibly study a language all throughout school and not have a high enough level to communicate in day-to-day life the typical response is that they did worksheets, grammar activities, writing, and nothing else.  Many language learners do in fact have a strong grammar foundation, but lack the ability to take that grammar up off the paper and utilize it in daily life.  With a push towards improved oral production and increased technology in the classrooms worksheets seem to have gone out of fashion.  However, when used in an interactive and dynamic way they can not only help solidify a difficult concept, but also give students a deeper understanding of the language.

 

When and how to use worksheets:

The best types of classes are like sandwiches.  They have the bread, the meat (or veggies) and then another piece of hearty bread.  In the ideal classroom the introduction would include something active (a song, eliciting information from students, responding to images/a video, etc) and the worksheets would be part of the meat or veggie filling, but not the whole part.   This means that you’ve introduced the topic, worked with it, maybe even practiced it and now you’re not only working other skill sets (reading, writing, answering questions, matching, etc), but you're giving the students a chance to work individually with the language.  You can use worksheets as a review, to gauge students previous knowledge on the topic, to test for progress or simply as another way to interact with Spanish.  

Worksheets can be used in the traditional method- students are seated and working individually at their desks (as a cooling activity) or they can be made into more interactive activities by making students get up and move around.  A good way to make them active is to cut up the questions and place them around the room.  Students have a certain amount of time to answer each question and have to move to answer the following question.  Another way to make them interactive and to include oral production is to ask students to check answers in pairs, correct another student’s work or present/publish their writings.  If you decide to publish writings make sure that they hang in a place where all can see them and read them either in the moment or at a later date.  

What type of worksheets to use:

You know your students best.  If you have a class with a lot of visual learners or young learners the images on the worksheets are just as important as the written language and will dictate how the learners interact with the material.  If the class is a bit older you can decide what type of format you’d like to work with, but when in doubt, an image that is thought provoking or just downright different will help create memories.  

Our Spanish worksheets for kids are designed to create curiosity (why is there a monster and how many legs does he have?), while focusing on the target language.  The distinct images make it feel more like an activity that students would do in their free time.  This mix of something they associate with fun and grammar concepts creates an environment in which the students learn in a way that feels like play and mimics the natural way we learn languages. 

If you already use our worksheets and are looking for something else to supplement your classes check out this website, which mixes Spanish with other subjects, or this list of Pinterest's top 25 + Spanish worksheets for kids.  

Here at Rockalingua we'd love to hear how you use worksheets with your kids in class and any tips or tricks you'd recommend.  Leave any recommendations or questions in the comments section.  Thanks for reading and have a rockin' weekend!

 

 

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