Spanish class has been wholly exciting this year in the 2nd and 3rd grade classes. Students have worked hard to learn new aspects of the calendar, with 2nd grade learning the date and months of the year and 3rd beginning to dabble in telling time. They have also become very comfortable with getting to know you questions like "What's your name?" and "How are you?"
Second grade has begun to read and write in Spanish, and begins each class reading aloud a written greeting from Maestra Hailee detailing the plan for the day. Then, they transition to writing the date, the weather, and the season using scaffolded materials. They have learned lots of vocabulary having to do with autumn, from fall crops to fall clothing to colors, as well as nature words and weather expressions. While 2nd grade is learning to do more independent reading and writing, we still make time for group games that bring a kinesthetic aspect to their learning. 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.
Third grade is enmeshed in a unit in which they learn to talk about themselves and about others. They have begun to transfer their knowledge of talking about their own feelings to being able to talk about how others are feeling. Soon, they will begin to learn how to physically describe themselves and others, including friends and family members. Third grade is loving the challenge and friendly competition in games such as charades, headbands, and musical chairs, as they are able to wiggle and move but also challenge themselves and each other intellectually in a supportive way.
-Maestra Hailee, Spanish Teacher