Nido did a lot of work in December on parts of the body, including a hilarious game of Llámale al Doctor in which we sang about a body part that was hurting (me duele) and pretended to call the doctor, played by one of the kids. I was impressed with their ability to follow along and take part in the conversation, apparently pretending to be a Spanish doctor over the phone is no problem for the self-assured Nesters! Since returning from break we have branched out to clothing vocabulary such as camisa (shirt), pantalones (pants), and zapatos (shoes). Hopefully we won't need our winter clothing words much longer!
Laguna learned about forms of transportation and talked about holiday travel plans in December. After all this talk of migration I decided to make our next unit about coming home, hence we've been learning the rooms of the house - dormitorio (bedroom), cocina (kitchen) and so on. The kids have asked each other questions in Spanish about what their real houses are like, drawn and labeled their ideal houses, and worked on the dialogue ¿Dónde está...?/Está en... (Where is.../They are in...) to talk about where someone is located in the house - we've used photos of Ponders hanging out in different rooms on a house poster to practice this!
Lago continues to tell stories using high-frequency structures, as well as practice writing about and drawing our favorite story scenes. We have also been learning about more countries and cultures during class meetings. We talked about Argentina as another country that had a dramatic 20th Century chapter to its history, and also spoke about Puerto Rico where a Lake family traveled recently. Each time we introduce a new country I bring in examples of its music, so the kids have heard Argentine tango as well as Puerto Rican salsa, bomba and plena.
Cielo is working on class-created stories with writing and illustration (which is a fun way of showing understanding of the written words), and in December they created short commercials as a group project connected to the class unit on the media. Like the Lake, Sky takes an interest in different musical forms and we have listened to salsa, merengue, tejano and more with some students showing off their dance moves!