8th grade learned the meaning of "Refranes" (proverbs and sayings). One of our favorite "refranes" is "las piedras rodando se encuentran" (it's a small world) and listen to a song with the same name https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzSWUJlQBZAAnother one of our favorites is "del plato a la boca se cae la sopa" (a lot of things can go wrong between the intent and the goal). 8th grade had their last oral exam where they spoke about the history of their families emigrating to the US and next month, they will present their speech in front of an audience. They were introduced to the vocabulary for negotiations and exchanging material items, also they practice giving advise to friends and family. They were very happy to write a new letter to Pen-pals in Mexico!

In 7th grade the students organized "la fiesta del cinco de mayo", and we had a talk about the Battle of Puebla between the French and the Mexicans, which it's not a Holiday and it's not celebrated in Mexico, it became commercialized in the US and nowadays it is a good excuse for parties. They learned the direct object or "objeto directo", we watch a video and we had an extensive practice during one week. They all became familiarized with prepositions of place "delante de, detras de, al lado de, entre, etc". They learned new vocabulary of "la casa" as they started working on a video of  "mi casa" (my house) using the vocabulary of the house and prepositions of place. 
One student read a Harry Potter book in Spanish as an optional assignment and he prepared a Powerpoint presentation in class, they all enjoyed the presentation and became motivated to do book presentations as a regular assignment in 8th grade. We received letters from pen-pals from Ensenada, and they enjoyed immensely writing the answer to their letters, as they prepare everything to receive the pen-pals from Mexico at TCPS on June 2nd!!

8th grade practiced writing invitation for different events, and verbally practiced inviting others and declining invitations.They learned Present Perfect using "he, ha, has, han, hemos" with verbs in the irregular preterite form. They learn to give and ask for directions from one place to another. They continued practicing uses of "Por y Para" at a more advance level, and after much practiced they became confident using one or the other. They were introduced to Demonstrative Pronouns including "este, ese, aquel" in the singular, plural, masculine and feminine forms. 
We read a story from New Mexico, a comedy that talks about a rich and greedy man, a honest but poor man and his beautiful daughter, the rich man wants to marry the daughter of the poor man, and threatens to take away their home if he is not allowed to marry her. The beautiful girl refuses to marry him and she sends a mule in her place on the wedding day. The mule shows up dressed as a bride, on a white dress for the wedding; the guest laugh out loud at the rich man. 

This month 7th grade had a lot of practice with verbs with a Stem-change in the Preterite, including dormir, ver, oir, etc. They were very happy to learn the new vocabulary of "deportes" (sports) and "partes del cuerpo" (body parts), they all presented a Powerpoint of their favorite sport, we all enjoyed the presentations! They played "simon dice" (simon says) practicing body parts. We continued practicing verbs in the Preterite form; they learned Reflexive Pronouns to be used with Reflexive Verbs. They had an audition for the Spring Show and they did a wonderful job singing and dancing; we can't wait to perform at the Spring show this May 26th! 

Febrero y Marzo:
In 8th grade we learned how to ask for advise and give advise using the "Subjunctive", we had fun giving each other advice in different areas of our lives. We became familiarized with irregular verbs in the preterite. Students had a 10 minute presentation on "noun-adjective agreement"; unlike English, in Spanish we have singular, plural, feminine and masculine nouns. 8th grade students did an amazing job explaining the correct grammatical use of nouns and adjectives in Spanish. They studied the uses of "por y para", both have similar meaning, so we spend a week learning in which situations to use one or the other. 
Students read an article from a Spanish newspaper "El Pais", they read about a controversial situation involving two girls that were denied access to an airplane due to their attaire, we had fun expressing our own opinions on the situation. Also, we learned in a video that in Barcelona the traditional food are "Tapas" with are small portions of food, equivalent to snack in the US. Here is the link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLQTUL-vihw
During March we had writing practice, the teacher gave the topic in class, the students had to use specific verbs, the preterite, in 80+ words paragraph. After we practiced they had a written exam, with successful results! We feel very happy that our 8th grade students are planning to take Spanish next year, they are very well prepared for advanced Spanish classes in High School!

7th grade is non-stop fun!! They practiced a song "Oye", at the rhythm of cumbia/salsa music the lyrics speak about opening our eyes and realizing how lucky we are to have all the good things surrounding us. They are memorizing the lyrics to present in Spring show. We wrote letters for pen-pal in March.They studied the uses of "por y para", both have similar meaning, so we spend a week learning in which situations to use one or the other. During March we had writing practice, the teacher gave the topic in class, the students had to use specific verbs, the preterite, in 50 to 80 words paragraph. We learned about Indirect Pronouns used to replace nouns (me, te, le, les y nos), we wrote sentences to become familiarized. They had a wonderful experience with Reader's Theater "La Sopa Castellana", a play about an elegant woman in a restaraunt, we practiced it for 1 week to memorize dialogues. They played it in the classroom and we all enjoyed watching the video afterwards. They made a poem in Spanish about who they are, called ?Quien soy? They wrote their poems and decorated them for display; you are all invited to come into the Spanish room to read them. Towards the middle of March we celebrated "El dia de San Patricio" with laughter and sweet treats!

6th grade learned about the diversity of traditional clothing in the Spanish speaking countries, they chose a specific country and prepared a presentation about clothing during class. We learned that "?Cuanto cuesta?" (how much is it) is used to ask for prices when buying clothes. We pretended to buy at a market and practiced using ?Cuanto cuesta? We also learned about pastimes in the Spanish world, and we played a game each person wrote anonymous in a piece of paper their favorite pastimes and others had to guess who it was. They got them all right!! 
The biggest project for 6th graders it's a oral presentation on "Mi Familia", they gather pictures of their extended family members, and they gather information about their family like age, and where do they live. For 3 weeks they worked in a Powerpoint slides and presented in class. They all were very proud of their work and their efforts put into the project. We were all happy to learn more about each other!

In 4th-5th grades we read an award-winning book "El Tesoro" (treasure) which portrays that you can find treasures closer than you think, and many times we are looking for treasures far away, without realizing what we have close to us. We learned about pastimes and we all talked about our favorite pastimes in Spanish, also we learned new vocabulary on "La escuela" (school) and they came up to the board to write the items in the classroom in Spanish, we all had so much fun practicing the new vocabulary. We talked about "peliculas" (movies) and we all shared with each other our favorite movies. The 4th and 5th grade played a new game where we form a circle and we take turns to say a word in Spanish, any word except numbers; the players are eliminated when repeating a word or hesitating. We also read "El Loro Tico Tango" which talked about a parrot who is regretful about taking his friend's fruits. The friends forgive him and he danced Tango!
In February we enjoyed celebrating "El dia de la amistad" (Valentine's day) in class.

2nd-3rd grades learned vocabulary about "La ropa" (clothes) and they draw "camisetas" (t-shirts) of each other and we had to guess whose shirt was it, we loved guessing, it was so much fun! We read a book "el verano" (summer) and learned vocabulary like playa, sol, etc. They had fun coloring a beautiful drawing of verano. We sang and danced to the tune of "sombrero, pantalones, camisa, zapatos", also we made flash cards with drawings of "La ropa". We talked about our families and reviewed the vocabulary of family members. We draw "el árbol genealógico" or family tree; then watched a video of a boy singing "Mi familia es lo mejor" (my family is the best thing), they enjoyed singing to the tune of "Mi familia es lo  mejor". They had so much fun playing their favorite game "Mama que hora es?" (mom, what times is it?). We remembered the lyrics of last year favorite song that goes "Caminar, caminar means to walk and walk and walk..." and talks about actions, including running, walking, jumping, sleeping and they added a few more actions.

In 1st grade we learned about "la ropa" (clothing), they sang and danced to the tune of "sombrero, pantalones, camisa, zapatos" and after they mastered the name of clothing in Spanish we played a new game "amigo a amigo" they need to be standing with a partner and when the teacher says "sombrero a sombrero" they need to make make a gesture to put their heads a little closer; and the same with camisa, pantalones and zapatos; but when the teacher says "amigo a amigo" they change partners.We talked about our families and reviewed the vocabulary of family members. We draw "el árbol genealógico" or family tree. They learned about "el verano" and  "el sol"(sun) and made a drawing of sol. We danced to the hockey pokey in Spanish saying all the parts of our body, and they learned that "dientes" are teeth. They had fun playing "pato, pato, conejo" the Spanish version of Doc, Doc, Goose!

In K we practiced saying "!te quiero!" (I love you) to each other looking eye to eye for "dia de la amistad" (Valentine's day). We reviewed colores, and we played "Veo colores" (I spy with my little eye). We sang to the tune of " Si tu ropa tiene azul, etc..." (if your clothes have blue, etc.). They had fun singing and dancing to "cabeza, hombros, rodillas y pies" then we changed it into "sombrero, camisa, pantalones, zapatos"; we played statue "estatua"; we read a beautiful book called "?Tu mama es una llama? A very sweet book about the diversity in the animal kingdom and that fact that even though we are all different we all have a mother that loves us very much! During March we focused on "acciones" actions, and we sang songs about walking, running, jumping, etc. and played a favorite game "Mama ?puedo?" (Can I, mom?) in which one plays the mother and the others ask: mama puedo? and mother responds:"saltar dos pasos" (jump two steps). Oh, they enjoyed so much!

The 8th graders have been working very hard in understanding the difference between Preterite and Imperfect, using both correctly is challenging! We enjoy using Preterite and Imperfect as we share childhood stories. Through practice, they acquired proficiency using the Reflexive verbs to talk about their daily routines, including "lavarse los dientes, ducharse, cepillarse, etc." They learned that there are three very important and very useful verbs which are "Ser (to be), Ir (to go) y Ver (to see)" which are irregular in the Imperfect form. We practiced them, memorized them and had fun mastering them! We learned about "el metro" in the Mexican capital, Mexico City, which is one of the three biggest metro systems in the world. We read and translate pages and pages of several "cuentos" or short stories from different Latin American countries. And finally this month we learned that stem-changing verbs have several changes when conjugating them, so 8th grade has been playing games, and working conjugating verbs. They work hard and enjoyed the first month of 2017!

In 7th grade we learned Senora Sanchez's favorite: the present progressive! This way of conjugating a verb is equal to the "ing" form in English. We talked about family, pastimes and sports using present progressive. This month they were very excited to be introduced to "Preterito or Pasado" a completely new form of conjugating! We have been sharing on Mondays about our weekend activities in the past tense. They had conversations about family vacations using the preterite, and played with verbs flashcards using the past tense. The verbs we practiced include "viajar, jugar, nadar, visitar, mirar, volar, ver, volver, comer, correr, etc." Also, we learned that in Spanish Speaking countries "sayings and riddles" are very common. We had fun a lot of fun writing riddles for others to guess! We talked about the importance of "siesta" in Latin America and Spain, 7th graders thought that "siesta" is a wonderful tradition and they all wanted to implement it to their lifestyle!
We had a very exciting clothing live auction in class, they all played the role of auctioneer and auctioneer, it was a great fun! We watched a video of "Me gusta, te gusta, le gusta" (to like) we learned the ways to conjugate the verb, and we had fun sharing in class all our likes and dislikes. We had a very very fun month!

In 6th grade we became familiarized with recipes of the Spanish speaking countries, they all presented in class one recipe and we watched videos of the most famous foods in Latin-American countries. We learned vocabulary of "la comida"; also that "mercados" are open air markets where people buy their food, in general. We practiced "Greetings in Spanish", in teams of two they created a conversation in Spanish and presented their dialog in class. We had fun playing a game of words, where we have to say a word in Spanish, but when you hesitate you are out, the last person to say words without hesitation wins. We learned where Galapagos Island was in Colombia and we learned that many animals live in the Island. We had a fun month in Spanish! 

8th grade we learned the tradition and making of an altar for Day of the Death one of the most important traditions in Mexico,  they learned what are the elements of an altar, the meaning, and the steps to build a great altar.

7th This month we celebrated "Dia de los muertos" and as a class they voted to make a Day of the Death altar for grandparents and great grandparents who have passed away. 

8th grade this month we learned Direct Object pronouns in Spanish and when to use them, they enjoy practicing by playing games writing on the board. We learned the meaning of "saber" and "conocer" is the same: "to know"; however we use them in different situations. We wrote sentences and practice speaking with possessive adjectives. We practiced talking about our family members using possessive adjectives. We had an interesting conversation about "?Que haria si fuera el presidente del país?" (What would I do if I was the president?), they explored very interesting and controversial ideas! It was a good discussion! Every Monday we ask the question "?Que hiciste el fin de semana?" A great opportunity for them to talk about their activities during the weekend. We started practicing irregular verbs in the preterite, which we started practicing in the middle of the month and we will continue using until the end of the year. The irregular verbs in the "yo" form include: anduve, puse, pude, quise, hube, traje, dije, tuve, estuve, and more. We learned how to say the weather in Spanish and they prepared a weather report which they presented in class, they did a wonderful job!
This month it was amazingly exciting to write a letter for pen pal in Ensenada, Mexico. They were very neat and careful about their grammar in the sentences, about their topic of conversation and about the clean look of their writing. It was great seeing them so happy sending their letters to their new pen pal friends!

7th: We learned places in the school, like the library, the science lab, etc. They used the TCPS map to write sentences indicating where all the classrooms are located. We learned about names for subjects in school and we talked about our favorite subjects. We continued practicing verbs, specially those ending in -er and -ir. The group loves to sing in Spanish, we found a song that we all enjoy and we are memorizing it "Oye" and here is the link
This month we wrote the first letter to pen pal friends in Ensenada, Mexico; they jumped up and down with joy for the opportunity to make new friends in a Spanish speaking country. The letters gave them the opportunity to expand their ideas, to correct each other's writing and to learn how to write a letter in Spanish. We studied pastimes, weather, and they had a lot of fun making a video with a song about the weather! We learned how to talk about the future with the verb "ir a": voy a, vas a, va a, etc. We play a game with number flashcards, they have to say the number in Spanish correctly to get a point, whoever obtains more points wins. We also play Geography in Spanish flashcards, where they are asked a questions in Spanish about world's geography, they can play individually or in teams. We started making the preparations November's day of the death altar!

6th: We learned the numbers 1 to 1 million,they made flashcards, watched a video with Mr. Jordan, practiced in class and played games with "numeros". We learned to play "Basta" (enough/stop), the game is writing words that start with a specific letter, for example "b": blanco, burro, etc..We watch a video of "La Familia" in Ecuador and we learned that in Latin America are big and small families just like in the United States. We read books in class including "La bestia" and "La casa que Jack construyó". 

4th-5th It was interesting finding out how to say I, you, she/he, us called "personal pronouns" in Spanish, as well as using the pronouns to conjugate regular verbs in the present tense. We learned to conjugate the verbs "amar, correr, llorar, mirar, hablar, y escuchar". We played games like charades with the verbs and become familiarized with conjugations! 

3rd This month we focused on numbers, we played games, watch a video about numbers up to 50. We made a craft with ink of many colors "rojo, azul, morado, verde" and we used our fingers to make "gatos y ratones". Their work is being displayed at the Spanish/History room upstairs!
We learned the vocabulary for shapes in Spanish (circulo, estrella, etc), and we read a couple of books: "Tiempo de Calabazas" (time of pumpkins), "El primer Halloween de Clifford" (clifford's first Halloween), and "La arana muy ocupada" (a busy spider). We enjoyed reading, playing, and doing crafts!

2nd We practiced counting up to 30, and as we practiced numbers we also practiced colors; we talked about the 4 seasons of the year (otono, invierno, primavera y verano) and we enjoyed reading our book "Las estaciones del año" (seasons of the year). We made a little coloring book of the seasons, and we enjoyed sharing it in class. We made a craft with ink of many colors "rojo, azul, morado, verde" and we used our fingers to make "gatos y ratones". Their work is being displayed at the Spanish/History room upstairs! We played our favorite games : "?Mama que hora es?"; and sang our favorite songs: "si tu ropa tiene azul, tiene azul" y "los meses del año"

1st We practiced our numbers uno al veite (1 to 20), we sang a counting song 1 to 10 "1,2 y 3 deditos"; we enjoyed tracing numbers words in Spanish 1 to 20. We played ?Mama que hora es?, and we changed to different family members: papa, hermano, hermana, bebe. We read "buenos dias, buenas noches" and learned about that we greet people depending on what time of the day is. We also read "La araña muy ocupada" (a busy spider) and talked about names of animals in Spanish. We draw a "monstruo tonto" (silly monster), each of us created a unique monster with as many body parts as we imagined, there were monsters with 10 "ojos" (eyes), 4 "narices" (noses), 20 "manos" (hands), 3 "cabezas" (heads), it was so much fun!

K: We have been busy singing, counting, reading, watching song videos and of course..playing! We enjoy singing to "1, 2, y 3 deditos" (10 little fingers), also "los meses del ano" (months of the year); we played "?mama que hora es?" (mom, what time is it?), each take a turn to be mama or papa and we ask "?que hora es?" (what time is it) and they need to answer in Spanish "son las dos-tres-cuatro, etc." (it is  2, 3,4, etc.). So as they play they learn to say the time in Spanish!! We read "El primer Halloween de Clifford" (Clifford's 1st halloween), and "La arana muy ocupada" (a busy spider) and we leaned that in Spanish arana is spider. They are very enthusiastic and love having Maria visiting on Tuesdays during Spanish class. Maria is very sweet and gives abrazos y besos to all her friends in Kindergarten.

8th grade had a great start by writing a poem about "mi primer dia de clases" (my first day of school); they wrote about their happiness, the excitement of coming back to school and how big they got over the summer break. The poems are on display to read at the Spanish classroom. We reviewed the verb "Gustar and Encantar"(like and love), we practiced using it in sentences with ourselves, friends and family members. We practiced conjugating verbs including "leer, escribir, cantar, hacer ejercicio, jugar, nadar, escuchar música, etc"; we used the conjugated verbs to describe our daily activities hour by hour. Also, we watched a video about the Mexican culture, the food and futbol (soccer) and learned that in Mexico exist approximately 50 dialects including Nahuatl. They read a poem in Spanish and its translation un Nahuatl. It has been fun to be back in the classroom! We conduct the class 100% in Spanish, we communicate only in Spanish during class.
This month the emphasis is in working on listening activities: We hear a conversation and write what we hear; also, we hear a conversation and answer questions about it. Listening native Spanish speakers helps improve our pronunciation. Not only that, we are constantly looking for opportunities to engage in conversations about topics that are relevant in our lives, like preventing illness, and keeping a healthy lifestyle. We also had a controversial discussion about positive and effective communication with friends at school. It has been a month full of learning!

In 7th grade we have been busy learning a lot! We are practicing our first vocabulary list of the year, a list of about 30 words; we are having fun using nouns and discovering their gender (masculine or feminine) matching the nouns with the appropriate articles: la/el/las/los. We learned that  the nouns ending in "o" are masculine and ending in "a" are feminine, in genera. However we memorized that "mano"(hand) and "problema"(problem) are the exception to the rule! We learned the meaning of "hay" (there is) and practice using it with school supplies. We had a scavenger hunt of school supplies in the library and we had a blast!
This month we have been constantly practicing with the verbs Ser and Estar (both translate as "to be"); we are learning when to use one or the other and it is tricky sometimes! We just finished learning how to tell time in Spanish, so if you want your seven grader tell you the time in Spanish, just ask ?Que hora es?.
Seventh grade did a great job practicing writing a pen pal letter. Next week we will write a final draft for a NEW and exciting Pen Pal exchange with middle schoolers in Ensenada, Mexico.
Each of them will write a letter introducing themselves, describing themselves, and talking about their likes and dislikes. Now their practice (rough drafts) letters are on display in the Spanish/History room and they were featured in TCPS Facebook page last week.

6th grade is working in expanding their vocabulary; they made flashcards of the new words they learned this month, also we learned to play "basta" (enough) which is a fun game about writing words in categories including: colors, animals, adjectives and objects with a specific letter of the alphabet in a short period of time. If you'd  like to learn "basta" ask your student to play with you at home, you'll have fun! The six graders learned the meaning and the conjugation of verb "Ser" (to be) and learned how to use the conjugations according to the context. They made nice posters which are going to be on display in the Spanish/History room, please stop by and visit!

In 4th-5th grade we are working in spelling. We played a game with letters: they picked a letter and said a words that starts with the letter they randomly picked. We learned to answer questions including: ?Cómo estas (How are you?), ?cómo te llamas? (What's your name), ?qué  hay de nuevo? (what's new?), ?de dónde eres? (Where are you from?). They listened to the teacher reading a book and made a list of words they recognized, then we put together all their words and made a big list of words with their translation. We practiced numbers 10 to 100. We learned that numbers need to match in gender and number the noun we are counting. They practice writing numbers from 1 to 39; also we had fun playing a game counting in increments of 5 from 1 to 100! We will continue practicing numbers and telling time.

In 3rd grade we learned about Mexican independence day (September 16th) and learned about mexican folkloric dances. We were introduced to PEPE! Pepe is the cutest monkey who will be visiting 3rd grade this year. He sings with us in class and at the end of class he says goodbye giving "abrazos and besos".
They practice taking dictation, and they did a great job!
We practiced saying the days of the week, and they had fun decorating their favorite days of the week, we had a lot of "viernes" and "sabados"!! They practiced numbers 10 to 30, we counted together, then we played a "Calendar game" a game for 2 people; they take turns rolling the dice and you need to say the number and the day of the week correctly.
If you don't say it correctly you lose your turn. We all had fun while learning numbers and days of the week!! We also did crosswords puzzles with days of the week.

In 2nd grade we have read books about colors "Yo veo colores", the vowels "aeiou", night time "Clifford ya la hora de dormir" and "Buenas noches luna", friendship "la paloma y la luna". We have been singing our favorite songs including: "10 elefantes se balanceaban", "hokey pokey" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jMb-CRw8LU, "los meses del ano", "7 dias de la semana". We had fun drawing, making crossword puzzle, and counting 1 to 39! We are learning to write in Spanish los meses del ano (months of the year). This month we had special surprise visits from Maria (the doll), our friend from last year and our new friend "pepe" (puppet) our friendly monkey who is happy to be joining us and giving everyone "abrazos y besos"!

In 1st grade we sang our favorite songs as we start our class, "siete días", "los meses del año", "?donde esta?". Also we learned a new song about friends: "AMIGO" and as we sang we learned that "amigo and amiga" are used depending if a friend is a girl (amiga) or a boy (amigo).We made a drawing of ourselves as we learned to say "me llamo" (my name is), as we went over the vowels in Spanish they though of words that started with each letter in the vowels. We read books including "buenas noches luna" and "contar y estampar". They practiced counting while watching a video "numeros 1 al 20" and we had fun singing to "Diez deditos". We colored a drawing with numeros 1 al 20, and practiced counting 20 marbles, and had a lot of fun playing "?mama que hora es?"

In Kinder we met "pepe" a friendly monkey puppet who only speaks Spanish, we enjoy getting "abrazos y besos" (hugs and kisses) from pepe when he says goodbye. Oh! How much we love watching the video and sing to the alphabet in Spanish! We learned a new song about friends: "AMIGO" and as we sang we learned that "amigo and amiga" are used depending if a friend is a girl (amiga) or a boy (amigo). We read a book named "Pelitos" as we learned body parts and sang "cabeza, hombros, rodillas y pies"; danced to the Hockey pokey in Spanish, played with "Maria" our friend (doll) who taught us a game "Maria dice"(Maria says) and we have to cover parts of our body if Maria says that body part, and they love playing it! I recommend you try playing at home! The month of September was full of new words and a lot of fun!