Before you read, if you missed my last freebie, make sure you click here to visit my post to download a fun Christmas puzzle.
This time I am sharing a fortune teller origami, known as “comecocos” in Spanish. This activity is geared toward upper elementary and middle school students. It will be a great way for them to talk about their holidays. Introduce and model the sentences in class before diving into making the “comecocos.”
During these last weeks of December before winter break, I’m sharing some activities and ideas for you to use in your classes. This first activity is a simple puzzle with basic Christmas vocabulary. It is a great way to review colors. After coloring and cutting out the pieces, you can describe one of the pictures of the puzzle and ask your students to find it. If using the black and white version you could say “dice “¡Jo, jo, jo!”, ask a volunteer to tell you the name and describe the colors she used to color it. You can also set up a timer and organize a competition around putting the puzzle together. Whoever wins the competition will have to name all the vocabulary in the puzzle. This is a simple activity that works great with grades K-1. There is no right or wrong way to put it together.
If you have ever taught preschoolers you already know that they need to move a lot! Moving is part of their learning and growing, so why not use it as a tool to engage them? Here are five songs that are part of my Spanish & Movement program.
I use a big inflatable beach ball with this song. I toss it around while we practice the phrases “pasa la pelota” and “tira la pelota.” I also have small inflatable balls for children to use in pairs. I do have to admit that it gets crazy, but children love it. Something that works great for me is modeling the phrases before playing the game.
Through teaching Spanish to babies and toddlers I discovered these awesome bubbles by Gymboree (please note that I am not associated with them or endorsing their brand, but the reason I do really like their particular bubble formula!). The best bubbles need to be light enough to float and hang in the air and not pop immediately when touching other bubbles. This is so that children can capture them and then pile them up on their hands in bunches, giving me time to count and also practice repeating “más, por favor.” I haven’t yet met a preschooler who doesn’t like bubbles!
La Batalla del Calentamiento:
This song is great to practice naming the parts of the body while moving. I love adding other parts of the body that are not included in the song. I also sing the song without the music and ask the children to choose a part of the body they would like everyone to sing in class.
El Ritmo del Tambor:
Use TPR to introduce the vocabulary of the song to the class. Start playing the drum. Have the group stand in a circle and follow every movement in the song: baila, camina, marcha, salta, corre, duerme and despierta.
Danza de Paracaídas:
Nothing like parachute time! If you don’t have a play parachute, a big piece of fabric works well, too. Click here to find more ideas.
If you are looking for more tips for teaching Spanish to preschoolers, I have a whole post dedicated to that topic. Please click here to visit the link to it!
It has been a long time since I’ve hosted a giveaway, but I couldn’t exist this great opportunity to host one that allows me to share one of the traditions that I miss the most when I’m unable to be in Colombia for the holidays.
Growing up in Colombia I remember all the hurried confusion that suddenly erupted during the last five minutes of every year: listening to “Faltan cinco’ pa las doce” and the poem called “El brindis del bohemio”, getting the 12 grapes ready, looking for a suitcase if you hoped to travel, putting dollars in your pocket to become rich in the new year, making sure you have “los cucos amarillos” (yellow underwear) and last, but not least, the excitement of burning the Año Viejo. Traditionally a full-sized stuffed mannequin and filled with fireworks or gunpowder and straw, an Año Viejo symbolizes starting anew, leaving bad things behind and setting goals for the new year – like a reset button (in addition to making political statements). Due to safety issues, many cities have opted to ban full-sized Años Viejos. So instead of coming together neighbors, blocks, or small communities, Años Viejos are now more of an individual family thing, reduced to a smaller, safer size. But no matter what, burning the Año Viejo is always followed by the sound of a new song on the air, “El año viejo”!
I have written all about this tradition in the past. Please visit this post to learn all about it!