March Spanish Newsletter

¡Feliz marzo! Happy March!

Another month of Spanish is here and we are transitioning out of our numbers unit. So far, the 2nd graders have really been impressing me with how much they have learned with numbers! Some are pretty close to being able to compete with me, in fact! I’m so happy to see that they have been taking the progression of skills I talk about each week seriously. Sometimes children don’t know where to begin studying, and that’s why I showed them how to break a big task into smaller, incremental tasks that feel more realistic and doable. We also talked about being aware of what skills you already have mastered and which you have not so you can be efficient at studying. There’s no need to keep practicing numbers 1, 2, and 3 out of order if you’ve already mastered them! The first graders are also doing well for having only studied numbers once before with me in kindergarten. I’m confident that these kids will get stronger and stronger each year we review the numbers!

This month the 2nd graders are going to begin studying fruits in Spanish. We will use some verbs, phrases, and our colors to describe the fruits, which ones we like, and more. In 1st grade, we are going to spend one lesson learning a little about the culture, climate, and location of Mexico. We will also make some comparisons between American and Mexican cultures. (It’s important to note that there are 20 countries that speak Spanish. Mexico is just our closest Spanish-speaking neighbor country.) After that, they will move on to review colors from last year and maybe we will get into our pet unit before the end of the month passes. If your kids come home telling you what pets they would like to have in Spanish, I apologize… sort of! I’ll actually be tickled pink if they say it in Spanish!  Finally, kindergarten will begin to study colors as well as shapes this month. The shape words can be a mouthful, but with some practice they will surely get the hang of it! Several of the shapes are cognates (words that have the same root in another language as the English counterpart and resembles either in spelling or in pronunciation the word from English. Example: elephant/elefante). Remember, there are always resources on www.fcspanish.com to help you and the students learn to pronounce the words correctly!

Before I go….

If anyone is going on a trip to another country for spring break and would like to take Flat Señorita along, please let me know. So far, she´s only been to Puerto Rico. She needs some more pictures for her journal! Check it out at: www.findingsenorita.com.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to email me at jessica_taylor@fcasd.edu

Hasta pronto,

Srta. Jessica Taylor

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