LAL Spring Program Reminder

We are looking forward to seeing all of you, tomorrow May 18th for our end of the year celebration. The location for this year’s program is Zionsville Middle School.

Details:
Thursday, May 18th
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Zionsville Middle School — Eagle Hall
900 Ford Rd, Zionsville, IN 46077

Please note that program starts at 6:30 PM, however we ask that students participating arrive by 6:00 PM

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Inside Mrs. Rojas Classroom

I would like to take this opportunity to explain what happens in Spanish Class every time your children come through door. My ultimate goal in class is to get students following directions and commands in Spanish throughout the entire class. For my students to be able to do that means they are learning the use of language structures and how to answer to them.

I’m lucky to teach children from preschool all the way to middle school, and that gives me the incredible chance to set goals in each of my classes thinking towards the future, and completing the step-by-step process of learning another language. Continue reading

As We Transition To The Second Semester

Hello, this is Ana Amaro, Spanish teacher at Stonegate and ZWMS.

Today, I would like to share with you what I do in my classes during the first and the second semesters. First semester is always hard for the kids and sometimes even for me, I have kids coming from Señora Essig´s class, kids who has been with me for 1 year already and kids totally new to Spanish; so in the first semester I try to put all of them more or less into the same level. I work with one text book but 2 different work books depending of their level.

During those first months, we learn or review the verb to be, to have, to like, regular verbs, personal pronouns, articles, feminine and masculine nouns, plural and singular, so at the end of the semester on the last day before winter break, we open our class to the parents and show them our routine in class and everything we learn about conjugation verbs. This class is totally spontaneous, I like to make them think, I challenge them, so that they understand the reasoning of everything instead to “repeating as parrots”.  At the third and fourth grade level, kids have the maturity for my class. It is amazing how fast they can learn. As an adult I think we sometimes underestimate our kid’s capabilities.

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Spanish Class Rocks at Union Elementary!

This is a very active and motivated group of students eager to learn every morning.

It is crucial that I set up an environment that is comfortable, safe and effective for the class. I have set up a morning routine in my classroom so that the students know what to expect the moment they enter the class.

The students know when and how we complete tasks and activities. They participate in combination of partner, small groups and whole group exercises.

The students are learning about México and how people live, greet and say goodbye. Our curriculum also includes history, traditions, customs and geography of this country. Every morning I select three different students to introduce themselves to new friends by imagining different scenarios in México and engaging in a dialogue with their classmates. Continue reading

What Time Is It?

Time for play? Time for work? It is time for both!  In my LAL before school Spanish class at Zionsville West Middle School we are learning to tell time by the hour, by the half hour, and by the quarter hour.  We are also learning how to say all of the classes that meet in a school day and then describe our school schedule incorporating the time of day we have each of the classes.  Today we laid on the floor and made “body clocks” with our arms outstretched.  Continue reading