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Dear Joe Michell families,
¡Bienvenidos a nuestras clases de español! Welcome to our Spanish classes! This is my 5th year at Joe Michell teaching Spanish to students from kindergarten to 5th grade. It is a pleasure for me to see old faces in my classes as well as new ones. Before coming to Joe Michell I taught Spanish in two bilingual schools and math in a middle school.
Learning a second language can be fun and useful in today’s diverse world! As for me, using different languages and experiencing with different cultures are part of my life! My grandparents were from Italy and Portugal. I was born in Brazil, lived in Mexico, is married to a German American, have traveled to different countries and have been in California for the past twenty-six years! I speak English, Spanish, Portuguese and some Italian. Learning languages can enrich our own language, culture and experiences!
During our classes, students are exposed to Spanish in a natural and useful way. They learn Spanish by using the language. During elementary school years, students are exposed to Spanish through singing, dancing, playing games, speaking and working with partners or in small groups. Students in 3rd-5th grades also practice Spanish through reading and writing.
By the end of 5th grade some of the topics we will have covered since kindergarten are greetings, colors, numbers to 100, seasons, animals, shapes, weather, days of the week, months of the year, the alphabet, pronunciation, reading, spelling, food, family, places in our community, community helpers, occupations, subjects in school, school materials, clothing, holidays, nature, Spanish speaking countries, feminine and masculine articles, nouns and adjectives, action verbs, prepositions, the usage of articles, adjectives, nouns and verbs in sentences that agree in gender and number, personal descriptions through oral and written communication that include name, age, place of origin, physical description, family members, hobbies and favorite foods and favorite subjects in school.
Students in kindergarten to 2nd grade have Spanish once a week, and those in 3rd to 5th have it twice a week. To become proficient, they need a lot more exposure and practice with the language. One way have some exposure to the language is to use Spanish online sites.
Thank you for your support at home with our Spanish program!