Monday, January 24, 2011

How can I best teach Spanish to preschoolers?

Ms. Dorothy,
I am teaching a pre-school Spanish class this coming summer.  I've taught Spanish for years, but mostly 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. What do I need to think about differently for 3, 4 and 5 year olds?  Any great resources you could recommend for this age group would be great too!
- Spanish Teacher

The most important thing to know about pre-schoolers is that they need to move! 

You won't need to worry about paper and pencils, but books, songs, dances and games are your friends with this age group.

My recommendation would be to keep change activities often, and practice some simple things like numbers, body parts, and greetings.

Look for CDs by Jose-Luis Orozco they are full of culturally authentic songs that are fun to sing and move to. He has a book of finger plays with some great Latin American active songs too.

There are wonderful picture books by Arthur Dorros that introduce Spanish phrases into an English story. 

You can also use Spanish translations of English pattern books that they are already familiar with too.  Eric Carle books in Spanish are fun, though not a tool for cultural literacy.

I've not had a chance to try this program out, but it looks like a great tool to use as well!

Enjoy the little guys, they will love you!

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