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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Buscando Letras

                                                       Buscando   Letras
Instrucciones, ideas y recomendaciones en español incluídos en el producto.
Hi! Thanks for stopping by.
Well, summer is almost over and school is about to start. I hope you are enjoying what’s left from it.  I am!
Today I’m going to share some ideas on how to use the product: Buscando Letras.
Buscando Letras is an activity intended to help students age 8 through 11 spell and write Spanish words correctly.
Before doing the activity students should know the Spanish alphabet. You can access my free Spanish alphabet chart HERE.  
Once students know the Spanish alphabet the activity "Buscando Letras" will help in reinforcing and reviewing the spelling and writing of Spanish words.
There are a total of 20 images for the Spanish words. Student finds the Spanish word by finding all the letters to the image on his/her sheet, and then writes them on the spaces provided on it.
Ideas for using the activity:
·         Select 4 or 5 words at a time to teach students the correct pronunciation and spelling of each word. (You can download 20 free images with and without words to use as practice. Further down you will find a link to download.)
·         Students can practice for example spelling the word for “carro” or “pelota”, etc…
·         Then you can select from the 4 or 5 Spanish words one of the pages from “Buscando Letras” for student to find all the letters that forms the word to the image on the page.  Students color the letters, write them in correct order, they spell it and say it. The images are in black and white so that students can color them! Encourage students to read the word. The more they practice saying it, the better!
Some benefits to this activity:
·         Introduce and review vocabulary in a attractive and fun way
·         Improve spelling skills
·         Practice and letter recognition
·         Boost working memory
Here are some variations to the activity:
·         Give students one activity page and call out one letter at a time for students to find it and color it. Do the same until all letters corresponding to the image have been found.
·         Have students call out the letters as they find them and instructor writes it on the board.
·         You can write the letters of the image on the board in random order for students to find on their paper. They should write it in the correct order on their paper.
·         They can write the word first and then find the letters.
·         Give students one activity page at a time.
·         The activity should be done in class.
·         Depending on how fast students finish one activity page; you can give them another activity page to do.
·         Depending on your group or child, you can use this activity with younger children (6 or 7) or older ones.
You can download a FREE copy HERE of all 20 images with the Spanish word for practicing before doing the activity.

Click Here to purchase Buscando Letras. 
You may also like "El alfabeto" song. Click here to purchase.

Hope these ideas and activities are helpful!
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Friday, August 5, 2016

Divertidas Actividades Contando

¡Hola y gracias por  su visita!
Hoy voy a compartir algunas ideas, actividades  y sugerencias para enseñar los números y practicar contando con los niños. Recomiendo usar la actividad con niños de 4 a 7 años de edad.
Antes de empezar la actividad es necesario que los niños estén familiarizados con los números de 1 a 10 visual y auditivamente.  Para eso puede crear o  usar tarjetas numerales.  Una vez que los niños estén familiarizado con los números esta actividad ayudará a reforzar lo aprendido.
·         Manipulativos para contar
·         Vasos desechables de colores
·         Fichas numéricas
·         Palitos de madera (de ante mano pegue con cinta adhesiva las fichas numéricas sobre los palitos de madera).
 Ponga los vasos de colores boca abajo en forma vertical.
Coloque debajo de cada vaso una cantidad al azar de manipulativos. (En este caso yo usé mariquitas).
Coloque los palitos con las fichas numéricas en un lugar visible y en un orden que sea fácil de ver y acceder por los niños.
Instruya a los niños a sentarse en un círculo grande dejando en el medio los vasos. Diga a los niños que debajo de cada vaso hay mariquitas (o el manipulativo que esté usando). Escoja un estudiante a la vez para que cuente cuántas mariquitas hay debajo del vaso.  Como los vasos son de distintos colores puede aprovechar la oportunidad para también repasar los colores. Puede por ejemplo decir: Laura, ¿cuántas mariquitas hay debajo del vaso verde? Laura busca el vaso verde, y empieza a contar las mariquitas en voz alta mientras las pone en el vaso. (Esta es una gran oportunidad para asesorar el aprendizaje y secuenciación correcta al contar). Luego Laura debe buscar el palito con la ficha numérica que corresponde al número de mariquitas que hay en el vaso verde y lo coloca dentro del vaso. (Aquí se asesora la discriminación visual de los números)

Vea los siguientes ejemplos en éstos dos cortos videos. video video
Cada estudiante debe tener la oportunidad de hacer lo mismo. Después que todos los vasos estén con las mariquitas adentro con sus respectivas fichas numéricas, puede como reforzamiento preguntar a los niños en forma colectiva o individual preguntas tales como: “¿cuántas mariquitas hay en el vaso amarillo?” "¿cuántas mariquitas hay en el vaso azul?" y así sucesivamente usando los otros colores.  
Como una extensión de la actividad puede leer el libro: “Diez Pequeñas Mariquitas” por  Melanie Gerth.

En otra ocasión puede hacer la misma actividad pero esta vez usando tarjetas en blanco en vez de vasos.

Vea el siguiente video:
A los niños les encanta esta actividad. Es mi deseo que sus niños también lo disfruten.
Si desea usar las fichas numéricas mostradas en las fotos puede descargarlas gratis aquí. (recomiendo imprimir dos o tres copias de las fichas numéricas). También está incluído las tarjetas en blanco.
Si desea comprar éstas tarjetas de números, pulse aquí
Me encantaría escuchar su experiencia con la actividad o si desea, puede compartir sus ideas  en la sección de comentarios.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Fun Blocks

Fun Ideas using Blocks

¡Gracias por  su visita! Puede descargar la versión en español de esta publicación al final de esta página.
Hi and thanks for stopping by!  
Today I will share some ideas I came up with for using blocks as a learning tool. I was at a Target store and I came across these chalkboard blocks. 
Immediately, I knew I could use the blocks for many engaging and educational activities. I will share them with you and hopefully you will also find then useful and fun!

1.      Use the blocks for helping children to count in Spanish or the target language:
 Kids love manipulative play activities!  Have kids build a tower while counting in the target language from 1 to 10.  
 Challenge students to build the tower as high as they can without it falling. A good number is up to ten but if they can go higher, great!

You can do variation by having children build towers counting by two’s, by five’s or by ten’s depending on your child’s level or grade.
2.      Use the blocks for forming words:
This is another great activity for manipulative play. Children are engage forming words in the target language. Using your God given creativity, you can come up with lots of ideas on games for forming words with the blocks.
3.      Use the blocks for teaching the alphabet and syllables in the target language. Great for creating phonological awareness. 
4.      Story cube games:  Use them  for creative language development by allowing and encouraging children to create their own stories. 
For older children you can play conjugation games by gluing different actions on the cubes for students to conjugate. For this activity check out my previous post Conjugation Cubes
The uses are endless! They can be use for teaching, reinforcement and practicing vocabulary, shapes, actions, instruments, animals, any subject you could think of.
If you are wondering how I made the numbers, letters and so on for the cubes, I created the numbers, letters, etc. and using the Xyron Creative Station,  I made stickers and glued them on the blocks!
The box the chalkboard blocks came in did not have the dimensions so I measured them and they are 1.5 inch in width, length and height.
If you are able to get or purchase the chalkboard blocks and would like to use the same numbers, letters, etc, that I used, just contact me at: and I will gladly send it to you free of charge!
If you don’t have available a sticker machine you could use two sided tape. Not sure how it would stick but you can always give it a try! if you are unable to find the same kind of blocks, I found these other blocks on Amazon. You can check them out here.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tarjetas para Emparejar Sonidos y Letras

Tarjetas para Emparejar Sonidos y Letras

Las tarjetas para emparejar sonidos y letras es un material auxiliar para el desarrollo de la conciencia fonológica.
Estas tarjetas fueron creadas con el propósito de ayudar a los niños en las siguientes formas:
·         En la discriminación de los sonidos: Los niños reconocen los sonidos que representa cada letra.

·         En el incremento del vocabulario: Los niños aprenden nuevas palabras así aumentando su vocabulario.

·         A estimular el lenguaje: Creando juegos de sonidos, imitaciones y repeticiones estimula el lenguaje.

·         En la pronunciación correcta de las palabras: Ayuda y motiva a los niños que no hablan mucho a pronunciar los sonidos y palabras.

·         En las dificultades fonéticas: Las tarjetas pueden ayudar a corregir fallas en la articulación y pronunciación.
Es mi deseo que éstas tarjetas ayuden a los niños a relacionar los sonidos con su representación auditiva y visual y así prepararlos para la lectura.
Algunas ideas y actividades que recomiendo:
1.     Tenga una cesta con distintos juguetes y haga el sonido inicial de algo dentro de la cesta. Permita que el estudiante saque el juguete que empieza con ese sonido. Como variación pueden ir por todo el salón de clases o en la casa buscando objetos que empiezan con ese sonido.
2.     Mostrar un objeto o imagen. Motive a los estudiantes a pronunciar su sonido inicial.
3.     Crear juntos láminas con objetos que empiezan con el mismo sonido. Juntos pueden recortar de una revista y pegar en papel de construcción las figuras.

La imagen de arriba es una actividad gratuita que puede descargar inmediatamente para uso personal. Pulse aquí para descargar.
Para adquirir  las Tarjetas para Emparejar Sonidos y Letras, pulse aquí.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Number 'O Sphere Fun

Number ‘O Sphere Fun

Hi and thanks for stopping by! Today I will share some fun ideas and activities teaching numbers to children. These ideas and activities are appropriate for ages 4 to 8.
I was at a CVS pharmacy the other day and I came across this cute and fun portable snack container. What made this container even more attractive was the fact that it is one of the kid’s favorite sesame street characters.  It was Elmo! Immediately I thought this would be fun to use not as a snack container but as a fun activity for students for learning and reinforcement; and I was not mistaken!
So I took it to my next class, and we all had lots of fun!
Today I will share what we did and other activities you can use with your students.  
I have been teaching my students numbers. With my four and five year old students my goal is to have them recognize and say the numbers in Spanish in random order. For this to take place I decided to select a group of numbers to work with at a time. These are the numbers I chose: 1, 5, 8, 15, and 18. But you can choose any group of numbers. First, I started with 1, 5, and 8 and after students were well familiar with those numbers I added 15 and 18. 
We did activities 1  & 2. 

Activity 1: Put the selected group of numbers inside the snack container. Have students sit in a circle. Put some music on or play a percussion instrument as the children passes Elmo’s head around. You can say in Spanish: “Pasa la cabeza de Elmo”. When the music stops, the person with Elmo’s head takes out a number and say it. And so on until everyone gets a turn.
Activity 2:  Instead of having the students pass Elmo’s head around, you can gently throw the head to a student. The head is already shaped like a ball so it’s very appropriate for throwing. This one is their favorite. Select a student to throw the head to and have the student take a number out and say it in the target language. 
Activity 3: Put one number inside of Elmo’s mouth. Student gets turn guessing the number.  You can say something like this: “qué número hay en la boca de Elmo?” The first student to guess the correct number gets some type of manipulative. (stickers, buttons, dry peas, pet counters, foam counters, bear counters, etc). At the end have students count in Spanish their manipulatives. Have them practice by saying in Spanish as an example: “Tengo cinco”.
Activity 4: This one is similar to activity 3 but instead of putting numbers inside Elmo’s head you can use small miniature objects or small cards with vocabulary images on it. You can ask your students: “¿qué hay en la boca de Elmo?” then you can answer by saying: “en la boca de Elmo hay una silla” or “en la boca de Elmo hay un carro azul”, while taking it out to show them, etc… Kids will have fun with this activity but at the same time they will be learning not only isolated words but also how to use the language for asking and responding.
You can use it for giving commands. For example  you can give commands such as: “abre la boca de Elmo”  “saca un número” “cierra la boca de Elmo”.

You can use these activities not only with numbers but with shapes, colors, words, food, etc…any topics or subject you are teaching. It would be fun also to use it with foods.
Because I work before hand with a selected group of numbers, when doing these activities children already know the numbers. It’s not usual for a student not to say the correct number.  These activities are just reinforcement of what they have already learned.
I created "number recognition sheets" for introducing the group of numbers 1, 5 and 8. You can see three short videos of one of my four year old class using it. Click the following link  and once the new window opens scroll down just a little to view. Click  here to see the short videos.  
If you would like to have number recognition sheets you can download them for free  here.

I also included a worksheet with those numbers.

You can purchase Sesame Street snack containers at pharmacies, Wal-Mart or on Amazon. They even have the Cookie Monster head. I already purchased it. Will share further on how it goes! J
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Friday, June 3, 2016

Free Spanish Lesson Plan 4

Spanish Lesson Plans for Teaching Colors                               part 4 

Welcome back!
Today I’m sharing the last session for teaching colors to preschool students ages 2 &3.  

I mentioned at the very beginning that on our last session I will include activities for evaluation.  Evaluating your students is important because it determines if the purpose and objectives have been met. The evaluation should be related directly to the objectives of the lessons.
Even though most of the activities in the lesson plans can serve as an “informal evaluation”, the evaluation suggested here is a little more in dept and direct.
Here are some ideas of evaluation activities you can do with your two and three year old students concerning colors:
·         Showing flash cards in different sequence for student to name.
·         Asking student to find a specific color or colors.
·         Asking student to take out the color he or she hears
·         Pointing to  specific colors
·         Stepping on specific colors
Make these activities creative and fun. While children are engage in these various activities it will serve as an information tool for you to know which student needs more attention with what. These evaluation activities may inspire you to create more activities to help those who need it.
Consider the fact that evaluation is a continuous and on-going process, therefore selecting the appropriate tools and activities are necessary for providing accurate assessment.
I created an evaluation sheet to assess student’s progress. There are two versions: One in English and one in Spanish.

 If you would like to use any of these evaluation sheets, you can access them for Free here.
Click here to download the Spanish lesson plan: colors- session 4

I truly hope these lessons are helpful and fun for you and your students!
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