Parachute Spanish lessons in Eden Prairie
Published: February 15, 2019
Approximately 500 Eden Prairie preschoolers have been busy learning Spanish this year, with weekly visits from two teachers (Veronica and Mayra) who "parachute" into regular preschool classrooms to share short language lessons with the kiddos. We have big groups and small groups, older groups and younger groups, but every day is a new experience working and playing with language!
Some of the highlights/resources from the past months:
Last December, we learned some acciones; saltar (to jump), bailar (to dance), caminar (to walk), correr (to run). Also, we learned to talk about how we are feeling today: feliz (happy), enojado (angry) triste (sad), sorprendido (surprised), tengo sueño (I’m sleepy) tengo hambre (I’m hungry).
We also learned some forms of transportation, including: carro (car), autobus (bus), avion (plane), tren (train) and barco (boat) and where these modes of transport travel: aire (air), tierra (ground) or agua (water).
This semester, we began our new theme of Natural Wonders.
We have been learning about invierno (winter) and the clothes we have to wear in this season: chaqueta (jacket), pantalon (jeans), botas (bots), zapatos (shoes), bufanda (scarf), gorro (hat) and guantes (gloves).
We have also been working on the characteristics of day and night, and learning some words to describe these: sol (sun), luna (moon) estrellas (stars) and some of the things we do during these times.
Children have also been learning about the animales de la jungle ( animals from the jungle) and their sounds: gorila (gorilla), cocodrilo (crocodile), mono (monkey), serpiente (snake), tigre (tiger) and tucan (tucan).
This week, we are going to have some fun making corazones (hearts) and learning some definitions about dia de San Valentin (Valentine’s day): te quiero (I love you), beso (kiss), abrazo (hug), gracias (thank you).
During the next weeks, we are going to learn about animals from different places and different ecosystems:
Animales del mar (ocean animals); foca (seal), tiburon (shark), ballena (whale), delfin (delphin), pez (fish).
Animales de Africa (animals from Africa): leon (lion), elefante (elephant), cebra (zebra), jirafa (giraffe), hipopotamo (hippo).
Some other fun songs from these past months include: