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Spanish Friday – Sé lo que estás pensando (I know what you’re thinking)

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There are times when teaching a language to children is like having a window into their minds. That is what happened to me yesterday. I was with a group of ten children. They are three years old and have only been taking Spanish classes for six weeks. Yesterday, one of them, let’s call him Michael, understood that you can say anything in Spanish and he wanted to think in Spanish too.

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Add a sticker mini-books

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I recently wrote an article for SpanglishBaby on a mini-book activity that my students really enjoy. It is very simple and works well with Spanish language learners at different levels. You can read about the activity and download printable mini-books here:

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Spanish poem for children and printable activity – No los veo by Douglas Wright

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April is National Poetry Month and it is a wonderful time to share poetry with children. The rhyme and rhythm of poetry appeal to kids. They love to play with language and reading and listening to poems is a fun way to expose them to Spanish.

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Spanish song – La primavera from Los Pimpollos

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This Spanish song about spring is from Los pimpollos, an educational television program from Peru. There is an official YouTube channel where you can hear lots of other educational songs from Los pimpollos.
This song, La primavera, uses lots of spring vocabulary as it describes what happens in la primera estación. Each of the spring nouns is associated with a verb, so kids are learning to express complete ideas: se abre la flor, se ponen verdes las plantas, ilumina el sol, cantan los pajaritos.

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Spanish curriculum for children

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Sube publishes a Spanish curriculum for preschool through 5th grade. I have been working with the Level A materials and I am so impressed! Sube is used by many schools and it has proved very easy to use with smaller groups and in an after-school setting. This is because Sube has great lesson plans and the materials can be used in a variety of ways.

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Spanish game – Mar y tierra (an Easter version too!)

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Mar y tierra is a traditional playground game. It is very simple and it can be played inside if you have enough space and do not mind the jumping. Traditionally, kids jump between two spaces designated mar and tierra. Since it is almost Easter, you can make the kids conejitos and designate the two spaces bosque or campo and jardín.

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