La Bufanda! I now wear a scarf with blue pineapples on it (hard to miss) when I speak Spanish and only switch to English when I take it off. This way the kids can practice their comprehension strategies and still have the scaffold of targeted English assistance.
In Nest and Pond I am adding even more singing, movement and interactive stories to develop a really good ear for the language. We will still do some paper-based work, such as the nature books Pond will create during our Mondays outdoors.
Lake and Sky lessons this year merge grammar-based and immersion techniques, moving away from TPRS storytelling for now. I lead a meeting in Spanish at the start and end of class, and in between we do small-group centers covering the essential language skills - speaking, reading, writing, listening - as well as games and culture!
Want to help your child practice at home? You will see a tab at the top of this blog that says For Students. On that page are links for Pond, Lake and Sky online activities. The Pond links to Rockalingua, OnlineFreeSpanish, and PBS are great for Nest as well.
Communication about our Spanish activities will be coming less through this blog and more through other Wingra newsletters etc. from now on. I also hope to post photos and documentation of our work on the board outside the Spanish room, come take a look!