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End of 1st Quarter!

Wow! This quarter went by rápidamente! I am truly enjoying getting to know all my students and I was so pleased to get the opportunity to meet some parents during parent/teacher conferences. Here is an update on everything your students have learned this quarter!

4th, 5th and 6th graders have completed unit 1 of vocabulary and are beginning to read and write in Spanish! The students have created writing portfolios where they will store their writing throughout the year. This portfolio will allow them to track their own progress. I have no doubt that by the end of the year, the students will show a marked improvement in reading and writing.

Students who have not yet mastered the vocabulary and need more practice can use studystack.com for online flashcards and games. The username is: JAspanish and password is: hola The quick link is http://www.studystack.com/flashcards-1060297.

2nd and 3rd graders are starting to recognize and reproduce the sounds of the language. We are practicing with the vowel sounds right now. a= ahh, e = ayy(like the Fonz), i = like “weee!,” o = Oh no! u = Oo! Oo! Oo! Try quizzing your student by pointing to the vowel and having them say the sound.

The students have learned some basic greetings and are now beginning to form sentences in Spanish. They are currently illustrating a book called “Hay muchos peces” “There are many fish.” When they are finished, they will take the book home and practice reading it out loud. Please encourage them to read it many times to you or other members of the family.

Kindergarten and 1st graders are learning colors and numbers 1-10, along with greetings/common courtesies. They will start learning verbs and full sentences at the beginning of the 2nd quarter! If you would like the lyrics to the songs you hear your child singing incessantly, I have attached them here: Canciones en español.

¡Hasta pronto!

-Señorita T!

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About Lauren Tauchman

Lauren Tauchman is a Spanish teacher in Colorado. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers, she is a certified instructional coach, and a presenter. She has taught K-6, middle school, and currently teaches high school Spanish 1 and 2, using TPRS/CI methods. tprswithprofetauchman.wordpress.com e-mail lauren.tauchman@gmail.com

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