Dear Stoddert Elementary Parents/Caregivers, and Students:
Greetings to you and welcome to the Spanish class this school year 2019-2020. We have a lot work ahead of us, but I know your children are up to the task; they will come to the class ready to learn, practice the language, and respond to high expectations in both academics and behavior.
Your children from grade PK to grade Five attend a FLES program (Foreign Language in Elementary School) with 45 minutes of instruction once a week.
During the lessons the students engage in multiple learning activities all related to a second language acquisition. They also learn about Hispanic culture and participate in cultural activities in which they practice and apply what they learn in class.
Your child can practice some Spanish at home by completing the homework, reciting verses, singing songs, playing games in Spanish, making flash cards with vocabulary words and pictures, expressing things with Spanish words, phrases or sentences according to his grade, watching programs for children in the Spanish Language channels, practicing the language with someone who speaks it, reading easy books in Spanish, and trying web sites like: babble.com, 123teachme.com, PBSkids.org/oh Noah, quia.com, duolingo.com, mundoprimaria.com, Linguazone.com, Spanish.yabla.com, foreignlanguagesforkids.com, albalearning.com/ (audio books in Spanish) among many others activities.
The students from 1st to 5th grade will either have homework to complete, or a practice sheet to review vocabulary and structures every other week. Practicing at home is especially important when learning another language for it is a way to apply what the child studies in the classroom and helps retain information, internalize concepts and the language itself.
MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR THE CLASS
Pencil, eraser, some paper to take notes, and a folder to file the subject paperwork. 1st to 5th grade students must bring these materials to all Spanish lessons.
I am looking forward to another exciting school year full of engaging and learning experiences for my students. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Ana Lucía Villarraga, World Language teacher firstname.lastname@example.org