I have been teaching elementary Spanish at Columbia and Heritage since the program began in January of 2014. I live in Madison with my husband and our four sons. Our oldest son is working to get his Siemens certification. Our second oldest son will be leaving this weekend to move into the dorms at UAB. He plans on studying biology. Our third oldest son is a sophomore at Bob Jones. He plays in the Bob Jones Marching Band. Our youngest is a fourth grader at Horizon. We have lived in Madison for 7 years. We love living here! What I love best about living here is the people, the barbecue, sweet tea, college football, the warmer weather, and the schools!!!
It has been great to be back at school. We have had an awesome start to our year. In Kindergarten we have been practicing how to sit on the carpet (criss cross apple sauce), to keep our hands in our laps (so we don't get our fingers stepped on), and that only one person can talk at a time. We have also been learning to say "hola" (hello), "adiós" (bye), "Yo me llamo" (My name is...), and "Buenos días" (good morning). We will continue working on greetings in September. We will also talk about Mexican Independence day, the colors of the Mexican flag, and a pyramid in Mexico. We will begin practicing counting 1-10 in Spanish. We will be busy in September!
In first grade we have also been practicing our classroom expectations for Spanish class. We have talked about how important it is to have our "ojos" (eyes) on me so they can fully understand what I am saying in Spanish. I try to speak a majority of the time in Spanish. To make it comprehensible for students I have to use my hands a lot. I remind students that if their "ojos" are not on me then they could miss the meaning of what I am saying. We have been reviewing our greetings. In September we will be talking about Spain, the Tomatina festival (when a city in Spanish has a huge tomato fight), ) and the colors of the Spanish flag.
In second and third grade we have been reviewing classroom expectations and our greetings. We picked out silly Spanish names to help review vocabulary. In September we will be talking about Costa Rica. We will be talking about the animals of Costa Rica. In particular, we will be talking about a toucan named Grecia. Grecia was believed to be attacked by a group of kids when Grecia was still a baby. Grecia's top beak was broken off and he was unable to eat. A group of people came together to make a prosthetic beak for Grecia using a 3D printer. We are coloring art work of Grecia. The art work will be displayed at the Birmingham Zoo for their annual Celebración on September 23rd.
It is so great to be back and to be teaching 3rd grade again. I am so excited about the future of this program. I cannot wait to see the growth and progress of my students. It is so exciting! I am blessed!