In the Lower School, we have been sorting animals by size, mode of transport, and where they live. After focusing on farm animals with the song “Juancho Pancho Tiene un Rancho”, sung to the tune of “Old MacDonald”, we talked about and drew our pets (and dream pets!). Ask your K2 – 3rd grade scholar if they have a pet, “¿Tienes una mascota? -(Sí, tengo . . . / No, no tengo …) and it’s name, “¿Cómo se llama(n)? – Se llama(n)…”. Scholars from K2, 1st and 3rd grade even made a video of themselves singing about animals with puppets and scenery.
Upper School scholars from 6A have been using adjectives to describe us, each other, other students in Spanish-speaking countries, and images in magazines. You can use Spanish to practice describing people in your family, on the bus, or even on television. In 7B, we made family trees, interviewed each other about our families, and then wrote about a special family member. Some scholars even had the opportunity to map their family tree on the Internet with an interactive feature from The New York Times. Heritage Speakers read three books about abuelas and then reflected on connections to their own grandmothers.
Even with the heaps of snow, we have reached the halfway point in the year, so 6B and 7A are starting Spanish. Please check in with your scholar about their Spanish homework on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. If they have questions on homework, they can call me to ask for help at (617)276-7870 or ask a friend, family member, or neighbor – in which case they should indicate who helped them. They can also access our textbook online for grammar, vocabulary and culture practice and reference.
There is so much to learn and explore! Suerte.