Category Archives: In the classroom

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Learning About The States Of Matter In Spanish Class

This week, in Spanish class we learned all about the states of matter… in Spanish! This video was taken by one of my students during Spanish class. His responsibility was to hold a solid (camera) and drink a liquid at the same time! Hilarious! The footage turned out pretty good -under the circumstances- and it shows a bit of the introduction to one of our experiments Coke and mentos… Explosion. Here are some of the experiments we did: Sólido a líquido (solid to liquid) Ice…

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Spanish Classes For Children & Bilingual Preschool Opening in Peoria, IL

Lingua Garden Language Learning Center and Bilingual Preschool This Fall 2014, Lingua Garden is opening its doors! Lingua Garden is a learning center for children ages 1 and older. We offer Spanish full immersion programs and other fine arts programs. Lingua Garden Bilingual Preschool is the only bilingual preschool in the Central Illinois offering Spanish and English education to children are 3 to 5 years old. Our curriculum is unique, fun, and age appropriate. To read more about each program, please click the links below: Lingua Garden…

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Full Immersion Spanish Classes For Children In Central Illinois: Have Gone Wild!

Since it started to get warm, I have not written any blog posts because we have been having way too much fun outside in the sun!

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Summer is officially here!

During the Summer time, I like to step it up a bit and make my Spanish programs even more fun. Therefore, we tend to make things a little crazier and messier.

Here are a few of the things we have been up to:

1. Food Fight

After learning about various types of fruit, it was time to test their comprehension on the subject. A food fight was the best way to do it, don’t you think?

2. Conversational Spanish through art

We got to review colors and body parts through art… in a fun and unique way :)

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3. Empowering Students with leadership roles

On of my students brought his RC helicopter and taught the entire class -including me- how to use it. As he explained things, I was helping him talk in Spanish. It was fascinating to watch them interact so beautifully in the foreign language!

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4. Playing outside

Time to run and enjoy the sun!

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Playing Zombie tag – a very popular made up game!
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Playing Guess Who outside was enough for these guys
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Fun at the park. Can you believe this is how I teach Spanish? Crazy ha!

5. Exploring the world around us

After my planned lesson, we decided to go on a mini hike and explore the world.

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Checking out a fallen tree with amazing roots

My first Spanish Summer Camp starts June 14th, let me know if you want your kiddos to join us in the fun!

Lemonade stands, building teepees, and water balloon fights are just a few of our fun activities! Yay!

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Spring is In The Air: 5 Spring activities To Do In Your Bilingual Classroom

Finally… Spring is here! Technically Spring started a few days ago, although weather wise, it still felt like Winter so it does not count. Now, it is officially here! Warmer weather = more time to play outside = learn about nature = fun = explore = plant curiosity seed! In my Spanish classroom, we have taken this opportunity to learn more about things that happen in the Spring time, therefore we discuss bugs, the weather, flowers, and much much more! Here are some fun picture…

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5 reasons why our Spanish Summer Programs are the perfect fit for your child

Summer means FUN. Summer time is usually a time where children enjoy the freedom of having no school responsibilities and all they want to do is to live the moment.   Some of the most wonderful memories I have as a child are from my Summer breaks. I remember staying up late at night with my girlfriends, attending amazing art programs, and exploring the world with messy outdoor activities. My personal goal this summer is to offer a super fun Spanish summer program that your child…

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Spanish Summer Programs in Central Illinois

This past Winter was very cold and long in Central Illinois, but believe it or not Summer is finally just around the corner and it will be here before you know it. Are you starting to plan your child’s Summer 2014 schedule yet? I know I am. As a parent, I know that I want my children to enjoy their Summer break, therefore, all the activities they will be participating in will be pure fun. Have you ever considered a Summer program for your child…

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Winter Fun in Spanish Class

This winter has been pretty rough and long, but before all the snow and cold weather goes away, my students and I decided to stop complaining about the low temperatures, amount of snow, and being stuck inside. Our thought was “if you cannot bit it, join it.” Conclusion: Have some ‘Winter Fun’ in our Spanish classes.  Who knew you could learn and review so many verb conjugations, articles, and winter vocabulary (among other things) while having so much fun!?! We got to eat snowflakes… …paint snow……

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I Am Thankful For… Estoy Agradecido De… {Spanish Audio}

{{unknown}}¡Feliz día de Gracias! This week, we celebrated el Día de Gracias (Thanksgiving) in the classroom. Children were not only able to enjoy una comida deliciosa (a delicious meal), but they also played some juegos (games) where we were able to review colors and body parts by pretending to be turkeys… … and we put on a Thanksgiving play where I introduced all the vocabulary related to el Día de Gracias (Thanksgiving), and then students retold the story in Spanish using the felt board set. Target vocabulary {Spanish Audio}

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What To Do With All The Halloween Candy? Make A Piñata!

{{unknown}}After Halloween, many of us end up with way too much candy just laying around our homes. This year, feeling overwhelmed by the amount of sweets we had, I was inspired to create a new and exciting lesson all about candy. So, we got to learn about piñatas and how to make them. Fun! The best part? Well, there are many really but to me, the best part is that after learning about the history of piñatas, playing games with candy, and making a piñata…

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‘Día De Los Muertos’ In The Classroom: Learning Together

In the classroom, my students and I have had a ton of fun learning together about el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Children were surprised when I told them that we were learning together about this holiday and its traditions. Why? I had to remind my students that I am from Latin America and I am a Spanish teacher in the United States, but I grew up in Chile where we celebrate el Día de los Inocentes (Day of the Innocents) not Día de los Muertos (Day of the…

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