Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spanish During Spring Break

After getting back from Sea World Texas, I decided to have my 5 year old son, who is starting to read, to create little booklets for each letter of the alphabet and then find the little objects that go with the letter. I have a box with tons of little objects for sound boxes. The great thing about this exercise is that he has to recall what the object is called in Spanish and then decide if it starts with the letter we are working with or not.

We are starting with the letters that are consistent in Spanish and English.
a, e, i, o, u, d, f, l, m, n, p, r, s, t.
Then two letter-sound associations according to their spelling patters:
ca, co, cu, ce, ci: ga, go, gu, gue, gui, ge, gi, güe.
Then letters unique to the Spanish alphabet ch, ll, ñ, rr.
Finally, emphasize phonemic awareness of sounds in Spanish that are often confused: b, d, j, silent h, x, v, y.

I went to this webpage to print the booklet he created. First-School, the website has many pre-school activities in many different languages. You will have to print 3 pages total to make the little booklet.

This little book has 5 pictures of things that start with the letter 'A'. You cut out the pictures and then the child glues the pictures next to the word. I picked up the picture of the abeja and asked him "where is the abeja". He would point to the word and glue the picture next to it.

The work sheet that has the pictures also has the letters to cut out. He chose to cut out the letters and trace them.

Here are some objects we found that started with 'A'. (el
árbol, el automovil, el angel - tree, car, angel) Here is a list we also made that we need to keep our eye on when at the store. la abeja, el asno, la araña(I know we have some plastic ones around here some where), la ardilla, el asno, el águila, la avispa, el arco iris. (bee, donkey, spider, squirl, donkey, eagle, wasp, and rainbow)

I will be working on one letter a week. My daughter, who is 3 years old, worked along side of us. She played with the objects and just asked what they were in Spanish and I also printed some worksheets for her to color.

I put this baggie and the little book in a basket on the shelf and asked him to copy the words in the space provided and color the little book if he wanted to. The kids love the little objects so it will be fun to go look for the objects we need.

I really enjoy doing this with him. It is different enough from what he does at his Montessori School which helps to get him to sit and work with me on his Spanish.

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