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Every April is celebrated in the United States "National Poetry Month," and I couldn't let April go by without sharing some of my favorite poems in Spanish. The poems are a goldmine in the Spanish literature. Since I teach in a FLES program, I only share portions of ...read more
Let's be honest! Paying for professional development from a teacher salary is not an easy thing. Many school districts also have limited budgets to pay for outside professional development. I remember a time when I really wanted to attend a weekend conference in the...read more
Earth Day is around the corner and what a great opportunity to connect it to Spanish. Here are a few resources I have found, and I think are great for elementary school. Songs Visit Rockalingua to download the free resources that go along with this video. Short Clip...read more
"Los Pollitos" is one of those traditional songs that everyone who grew up in a Spanish speaking country knows from childhood. It's catchy, cute, and fun so I make sure to teach it every year to my Kindergarten students. I am sharing some ideas that I use while...read more
This is game that works wonders with preschool students and, in my experience, is one of their favorites. I have never had a class that fails to embrace this game. In fact, because there is such demand for it, the game presents a great opportunity to learn "otra vez."...read more
As a Spanish teacher, I like to look for opportunities to integrate culture into my curriculum. Sometimes this happens unintentionally, but I often have to look for opportunities to make it happen. I have found that music is a great way to bring some culture into my...read more
This is a collection of songs that can be used with different grade levels. They include a variety of vocabulary to express weather in Spanish, so I recommend you listen to them all and pick the one that fits your curriculum or lesson the most. Here are my favorite...read more
This is a fun song that will get everyone in your class moving. For this activity you will need a paper or puppet bunny. Place it in a bag or box, and have your students guess the name of the animal that could be inside. Once you introduce the bunny, tell the children...read more
February 21st is International Save Bears Day. This day seeks to raise awareness to protect these beautiful animals. The National Park Service of Colombia has made this day "El día del oso de anteojos" (spectacled bear), in order to raise awareness in the country. El...read more
Yes, sometimes using our chime or clapping our hands doesn't work! I have found that call-and-responses work magic to get my students' attention while using the language. I am sharing some that I have learned from other colleagues, at conferences as well as some that...read more
Valentine's Day is one of those non-cultural celebrations that I love incorporating into Spanish class because it appeals to students and is easy to connect with the class content. Through "El día de San Valentín" you can teach or review colors, sizes, numbers and...read more
Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to reinforce friendships at school. It's also an opportunity to review colors and numbers, and to talk about likes and dislikes in Spanish class. I have a few blog posts where I have shared different activities for class:1. Teach...read more