Friday, April 20, 2012

La Primavera ya Llego

Ya llego la primavera...

Several teachers were mentioning to me that they were planning on doing a unit on "Cambios de la Primavera" in May since the children have been remarking about all of the changes with the weather, seeing trees and flowers blossoming (In fact, one of the students in Claudia's class in Kendall Square thought that a tree that was blooming with white petals had SNOW on it!  So cute!!)  So I thought it would be fun to send out some pictures and ideas of inspiration all about Spring Things this week!!  You certainly don't have to do a unit on Spring, but it seemed to be recurring in several schools, which is why I am focusing on it this week.  :-)  
REMEMBER:  The month of May has 5 weeks of planning to keep us busy!!  

Possible Weekly Units:  

De Oruga a Mariposa
De Renacuajo a Rana
Ranas vs. Sapos
Las Hormigas 
Las Abejas
Los Insectos
Semillas, Flores y Jardines
El Clima (las nubes, el viento, la lluvia, el arcoiris)
Cometas/Papalotes  y el Viento
Vamos a Crecer un arcoiris
Nuestro Jardin
Los Pajaros

Here are some links to websites to get more detailed ideas on la primavera! Remember to keep the objectives in mind when planning your activities!

Check out these pictures for more inspiration!!!

Have kids put flowers in playdough (real or fake)

Make a flower collage!  Kids can cut out the flower pictures from clip art, or from magazines!

Make a Seed Mosaic!  Put liquid glue in a margarine top, kids place seeds or beans in it, then paint!  Allow to dry and hang!

Easel Starter:  Hot glue seeds to the bottom of easel paper, and let the kids paint how the flowers grow...starting from seed to flower!

Make a Sticky Board and give the kids different materials to create the seed to flower process.

Give the children seed packets with white playdough as a sensory experience!

Make a "Garden Center" or a "Flower Shop"  in your Dramatic Play Area!

Use dye to color different flowers!

Older kids can cut strips of paper, and use glue to roll them into flowers!

Make Paper Plate Flowers!

Here's a project I did with the kids in Needham when I was helping out one afternoon.  PAPER RAINBOWS using the 10 SECOND RULE!!  Have the kids cut out strips of paper, then give them glue sticks to glue down the ends of the paper.  They need to count to 10 (in Spanish of course) so that the paper stays up and is 3 dimensional.  

Have them write something like, "Mi Arcoiris" on it and of course have the artist write their own name!  

Spanish Techniques

I was sooo excited to hear that in the schools that I visited this week, everyone is trying new Spanish Immersion techniques, and it's WORKING!!  I got some AMAZING feedback about the "espanol o silencio" technique during different parts of the day from both Ohdra in Porter Square and Denise & Alejandra in Kendall Square.  Teachers are having incredible success with it and the children love that it feels like a game!  They are reminding their friends to speak only "espanol" and they are using full sentences to communicate.  ME ENCANTA!!  Keep it up!!  

Also, Maru in Brighton told me that the kids know that Pine Village is a "Spanish School" and they remind each other to speak in "espanol" to each other all the time.  We want all of the children to be bilingual speakers in Spanish!!  With Conferences right around the corner, be sure to document the progress of your children's language skills so you can confidently assess each child's skills.  Woo hoo!!


Here's a link I recently came across with lots of songs in Spanish for children.  I thought it was a great resource to share since MUSICA is such an important part of our language learning.  

Another great link I wanted to share about how music is used to teach another language. Check it out!



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