Spanish class has been off to a wonderful start this year in the Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms. Students are already well-adjusted to routines and greeting songs, and they are working hard to learn to identify the weather and season (and the day of the week in 1st grade). They have been enthusiastically requesting practice games such as "papa caliente" (hot potato), sillas musicales (musical chairs), and the most popular of all: "muneco de nieve" (snowman), a game that reinforces language about weather and seasons that give them an opportunity to play dress-up and to dress up la maestra.
Kindergarten in particular has been delighting in further reinforcing weather vocabulary by singing "La araña pequeñita" (The itsy-bitsy spider). This song has also given us the opportunity to tie into FLIGHT lessons, as we have discussed how the itsy-bitsy spider shows fortitude (we used the word fuerza in Spanish class).
First graders have been letting out their silly with the "baile de los días de la semana" (days of the week dance) and the macarena de los días de la semana. By tying vocabulary to rhythm and movement, kinesthetic learners are able to be fully engaged along with auditory and visual learners, and students are able to hear the words repeated and repeat them themselves enough times that memorization is possible. We will continue to boogie the year away in 1st-grade Spanish, so don't be surprised if your child comes home singing in Spanish while performing some wild dance moves.