SAMPLE CHILDREN CLASSES
SPANISH FOR CHILDREN
Program for Children - Age 3 - 6
As this course is intended for younger students, the learning
experience in this course will be enjoyable and entertaining with the purpose of
achieving and maintaining a high level of interest. A great variety of visual
and audio aids will be used as well as games to ensure the active participation
of the students and to enable them to establish a vivid connection with Spanish.
Greetings: Dolls will be used. The students will practice greeting each
other. The students will translate the greetings from English into Spanish. The
Greeting song will be heard and sung by the students. The students will receive
written material of the “greeting song” with pictures to color. The numbers:
The students will learn the numbers (1-5). They will count different objects and
will color pictures. The students will write down the numbers mentioned by the
teacher. The students will hear and sing the song “Let’s count”.
Unit II: What is this? The students will
practice the question. Visual aids will be used showing new vocabulary. The
colors: The teacher will show objects of different colors. The students will
color a bouquet of flowers, each of them with a specific color called by the
teacher in Spanish. The teacher will call colors and the students will find them
in the classroom. The students will hear and sing the song “The colors”.
The family. The students will color a family tree and draw the picture of
each member of the family in the corresponding blank circle of the tree. Each
student will mention a family relationship in Spanish and the other student will
say the name of his family member. The children will hear and sing the song
“Papa chant”. Who is this? The children will practice this question asking
the names of their own classmates. They will also use this question to ask the
names of the relatives on the family tree.
Unit IV: The
classroom. The students will learn the names of the most common objects in the
classroom. The teacher will guide a blindfolded student who must identify the
objects in Spanish. The students will draw a picture of the classroom with all
the objects they learnt. The students will show the picture and will name the
objects in Spanish. The question What is this? will be practiced as students ask
each other about the objects in their pictures.
Unit V: The body. The students will identify the parts of the body on the picture of a girl and a boy. A student will whisper the name of a part of the body in Spanish to another student who will point it to the class. The students will color the picture of the parts of the body and will hear and sing the song “The Body”. Introduction to Where is? The student will practice this question in reference to the location of different objects in the classroom. The students will close their eyes and one student will hide an object. He will ask where is…? And the class will have to guess.
Unit VI: Where is? (Verb “Estar”) The students
will learn the name of some places (restaurants, house, school, and movie
theater). They will color the pictures of these places and will draw the animals
they learned in each of them. One student will ask where the animal is, and the
other student will mention the place. The happy birthday song will be heard and
The food. The students will color the pictures of different foods. One
student will whisper the name of a food and the other will draw it. He will show
the picture to the class and the class will say the name. The students will
mention their favorite foods and will draw them.
Unit VIII: The numbers (5 to 10). The students will color the pictures of objects representing the numbers. The teacher will show cards with numbers and the students will say the number in Spanish. The students will say how many friends they have, brothers and sisters, etc. The titles (Mr., Mrs., and Ms.). A poster will be used to let the class identify these titles. The students will use the titles mentioning people they know.
Verb “Ser”. (First and third persons). A poster will be
used to show different people and their attributes. Adjectives that are similar
in Spanish and English will be used. The students will practice these adjectives
mentioning people they know. They will practice “Soy” and will pick one of
the adjectives to describe themselves.
Unit X: Verb “Ser” and “Estar”. Visual
aides will be shown to induce the children to practice the two verbs. The
students will say what they are like (verb “Ser”) and where they are (verb
“Star”). They will color people and their attributes as well as the places
where they are located. Each of the students will describe the pictures.
Unit XI: The days of the week. The students will hear
and sing the song “The days of the week”. The teacher will mention typical
activities of each day of the week in English to induce the student to name the
corresponding day of the week in Spanish. The children will mention their
favorite day of the week. The students will color pictures that show the days of
the week. The children will hear and sing the song “The days of the week”.
The clothes. The students will color picture of clothes. From a pile of
clothing, a student has to pick the item requested by the class in Spanish. The
students will name their own clothes. The students will use adjectives learned
with the clothes.
Unit XIII: General revision. Greetings. The numbers. The colors. The body. The food. The family. The classroom. The days of the week. The clothes. Grammar: interrogative words, what, who, where, how. Adjectives. Verbs “Ser” and Estar”. The students will hear and sing “The farewell” song.
Children - Age 7 - 10
main objective of this course is to make the learning of Spanish an
enjoyable, personalized and rewarding experience. The use of
visual and audio aids as well as role-playing and intensive conversational
practice give the students the feeling that they can have fun learning Spanish.
Words that are similar in Spanish and in English. Many words that do not
need translation will be shown. Greetings: A dialogue will be heard and
the students will practice it with each other. They will fill in the blanks of another dialogue of two
people greeting each other.
Unit II: What is this?: Practice with vocabulary
learned in previous unit. The definite article (el, la) will be practiced with
new vocabulary. The students will fill in blanks. One student will name a noun
and another student will choose the corresponding masculine or feminine article.
The family: A visual aid will show the members of a family. The students will
mention the names of each member of their own families. The titles: Mr., Mrs.
and Ms. Visual aids will be used to induce the students to practice the titles.
They will use them naming people they know. Who is this?: The interrogative word
who will be practiced in questions about the visual aid.
indefinite article (un, una): The students will practice the difference between
the definite and the indefinite articles. A poster of a simple story will be
presented to practice the articles. The students will complete a crossword
puzzle to practice the articles and previous vocabulary.
Unit IV: Where is?:
A poster will be shown to present objects and people in different locations. The
students will ask and answer questions to each other. Simple Present Tense,
Negative and Interrogative Cases (ar conjugation): Posters will be shown of
people doing different activities. The poster of a story of a family will be
shown to induce the students to talk about the activities of the family. The
students will fill in blanks to practice conjugation.
Unit V: Simple Present Tense, Negative and Interrogative (er, ir conjugation): Posters will be shown with different activities. On some posters, the students will attached the corresponding conjugated verbs. The students will ask each other questions about their activities. Some students will mimic actions and others will guess the corresponding activities.
Unit VI: The City: A poster of a story of two children
visiting a city will be shown. New vocabulary will be learned and the simple
present tense will be practiced. The students will talk about their city.
Verb “Ser” (first person and third person) and Verb “Estar” (
first person and third person): Visual aids will show different people and their
attributes to practice both verb “ser” and several adjectives. The students
will talk about their own attributes. Visual aids will show people in different
locations. The students will practice verb “estar” and the names of places.
The students will describe the posters to practice the two verbs. How? With verb
“Ser” and verb “Estar”( first person and third): Visual aids will be
used to mark the difference in the meaning between how+ser and how+estar.
What Time Is It?. The Numbers (0-30): The students
will practice the numbers and to tell time with a big clock with movable hands.
The students will have pictures of people doing daily activities and will have
to establish the corresponding time of the day. The students will listen to a
dialogue between two friends about a watch that does not work and later they
will do role-playing based on the dialogue. The clothes” The students will
dress a man and a women. The teacher will show the paper clothing to induce the
students to practice the vocabulary. The students will talk about they are
wearing. The students will listen to a dialogue between a girl and her mother
about going to a party and about the clothes the girl wants to wear.
Role-playing will be used to practice the dialogue.
Unit IX: What’s the weather like?: A visual aid will
be shown of the story of two friends who take a vacation in South America. The
seasons will be practiced as well as the months of the year and the days of the
week. The Food: The students will learn the names of a variety of foods. They
will receive pictures of foods and they will name them. They will talk about
their favorite foods.
Unit X: The Use of The Infinitive: The students will use two verbs together. Visual aids will be presented to practice verb to want + infinitive, verb to need + infinitive. The students will mention the activities they want to do or that they need to do. The students will fill in the blanks on a poster.
Unit XI: The Home: The students will learn about a typical Spanish house. They will have a plan of the house. They will describe their own homes. At The Restaurant: A story will be presented to practice the new vocabulary and the students will do role-playing.
Simple Present Tense, Irregular Verbs: The students will practice some of
the most common irregular verbs. A poster will be used to practice the irregular
verbs. A dialogue between the students will take place to practice the irregular
General Revision: The Family, The City, The Time, The Weather, The
Clothes, The Home. Grammar: definite and indefinite articles. What, Who, Where,
How. Adjectives. “Ser” and “Estar”. Simple Present Tense, Regular Verbs.
Simple Present Tense Irregular Verbs. The Use of the Infinitive.