How a research topic is born

Yesterday our Spanish teacher, Senora Sewald, came by for a visit shortly after we completed our house. The children explained that many animals had been inside and had tummy aches.  Senora Sewald suggested that the building might actually be a hospital….Zoooooooommmmmm!

The next thing we knew we were practicing saying “doctor,” “patient” and “my [body part here]” feels icky.  She taught them a song about visiting the doctor and what you say when you are feeling all better.  Today, they are still talking about the hospital.  I see a new direction in our future.

The video below was taken at the end of the lesson as the class exited the hospital.

A Message From Senora Seawald

In Spanish we introduced the animals from the book called Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle. We are using the animals and the colors to get students to use the colors as the adjectives that go after the noun. We will be making our own version of the book with animals colored by the students.

World Languages @ WTN

Have you had a chance yet to check out the faculty pages for our two wonderful language teachers?

Here are links to both of their pages. Each includes information about the curriculum for Pre-Kindergarten World Languages. If you scroll to the bottom of the curriculum page, you’ll find a folder of resources for families, separated by grade level.

Ms. Shaloma Smith — Mandarin

Ms. Alicia Sewald — Spanish

Spanish and Mandarin

At Parent’s Night, our World Languages teachers mentioned a couple of Apps that might help you and your children as they explore Spanish and Mandarin. Both were created by PBS:

Little Pim Spanish for the iPad
Little Pim Chinese for the iPad

Spanish Class Notes

Dear Pre-Kindergarten North Parent,

During the second trimester in Spanish class, we have solidified up to 10 different ways to express how we feel when we sing our good morning song, “Buenos Días”. Most of the students know to identify at least 10 colors, and how to count from 1- 15 in Spanish. We reviewed opposites and most students can name at least 3-4 pairs of opposites, especially when prompted by the opposite song, “Los Opuestos”. We studied the names of the members of a family, and we listened to Goldilocks and The Three Bears in Spanish. We also read The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, and most of the students got to act out the story during class. At the present, we are using Eric Carle’s book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? to study the names of animals and use colors as adjectives to describe them. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Warmly,

Alicia Sewald

Face Forward

In Spanish, the children have been learning about the parts of their faces.  Senora Sewald taught them a song to help them remember the new Spanish words.

The class also played a silly game using parts of their own faces.  We prepared by separating their portfolio images into the various aspects of a face and then had each child pick the parts they needed.  As you can see, they turned out both goofy and informative.