Brianne Smythia


(Toledo Children’s House-Level 4)

Read the latest happening about CH-Level 4 Spanish. Brianne is the CH-Level 4 Spanish teacher. She grew up in Uruguay, South America, and loves sharing about the culture she was raised in and the Spanish language.

Children’s House

Since the beginning of 2016, we have been learning about transportation. We have started with the car. Car can be translated several ways, but we are focusing on “coche, auto, or carro.” We have been using puzzles, “coche” bingo and crafts to help us work the words into our everyday vocabulary.

We also have been learning a song about a bear (oso) hibernating. Click here to listen along.

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Lower Elementary

We began the new year by making calendars in the Spanish format. The week starts on Monday instead of Sunday. We also learned about a few different Latin holidays. Once our calendars were complete, we got to work on learning about transportation. We have been singing songs, dancing and creating art based around different forms of transportation.

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4th Level

There are 21 Spanish speaking countries in the world and we are researching all of them. We will turn this work into skits and the students pose as travel agents.



Children’s House

During the month of December, we have been learning about the “Hombre de Jengibre” (Man of Ginger a.k.a. Gingerbread Man). We have been learning about his eyes, mouth, bow tie, and buttons by playing games and making crafts.

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Lower Elemenatary

Lower Elementary has been studying different Latin American holidays. They even invented their own holiday called “Day of Spanish.” Their new favorite saying is “Felices Fiestas a ti” (Happy Holidays to you).

4th Level

4th level has been working diligently on their cultural presentations. Each student chose a Spanish speaking country to research. The presentations were fantastic!

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Children’s House

Children’s House has been inspired by the Fall and is learning about the pumpkin. We have been learning a song called “Cinco Calabazas” (Five Pumpkins). In the song, each pumpkin has a different emotion. For our small group time, we have done counting work, hiding games and coloring.

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Lower Elementary

We celebrated our 40th Birthday by using our favorite Spanish words to create art.









Also, we have been learning about different jobs and emotions. In the pictures below, 3rd level created finger puppets of the jobs they would like to have one day. They used the puppets to have conversations in Spanish.

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4th Level 

4th level has started to journey through Spanish speaking countries around the world. The students chose a country to study, research and create presentation for. A few students have partnered up for this project. We have been reading travel books, exploring the internet and watching a few travel videos. They have been excited to share what they are learning.











Children’s House

We have started our unit on the family. We have been learning the following words: la familia (the family), el papá (the dad), la mamá (the mom), el bebé (the baby), el hijo (the son) and la hija (the daughter). To learn these words, we have been using family characters, playing hiding games and creating art work.


Lower Elementary

We are continuing our focus on the family. We are taking the words and discovering how to use them to make sentences. First level has been choosing independent work in the classroom that reinforces what they have been introduced to. Third level will soon be creating a short play about the family.

4th Level

4th level is gearing up to preform their play, Los Pantalones de Papá (the pants of dad). The students have been busy creating props and memorizing lines. It will be a great show! Pictures to come.



Children’s House

Spanish started this week in Children’s House. The students are working on learning the Spanish Alphabet. They discovered that there are 4 extra letters in Spanish. Out of those 4 letters, they have been introduced to the letter “Ch”, which is pronounced “ch-yeh.” Next week, they will learn about “Ll” and ” ñ.”


Lower Elementary

Lower Elementary students have been focused on learning about the family (la familia). They have learned motions to go along with the Spanish names for each family member. Also, they have created colorful family artwork about their immediate family members.



4th Level

4th Level is embracing drama! They are learning a play called, “Los Pantalones de Papá” (Dad’s Pants). It is about a family who decided to help the father hem his pants for a party. The end result is quite funny! Every student has a speaking part. This week, they created name tags with the name of their character. Next week, they will create props and continue to practice.

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