Donna Sharper

Spanish

Read the latest news about the students’ work in Spanish class on the Toledo Campus for students in levels 5-8. Donna Sharper is in her fourth year at West Side Montessori.

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Please join us to celebrate World Language during the week of May 9-13!  It’s a week-long open house in our World Language classes, where family and friends are invited to attend classes and presentations at all levels. Come and see what we’re doing and learning!

World Language Week 2016 day-by-day schedule

In honor of St. Valentine’s Day, the middle school students made churros in the campus’ West Kitchen on Friday, February 12th.  They also made chocolate dipping sauce and dulce de leche (caramelized sugar in milk) in which to dip their churros.

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Churros began in Spain many centuries ago as a bread staple for nomadic shepherds living in the mountains. They could easily make the cake-like, cylindrical-shaped pastry in an pan over an open fire. The churros were the size of a bread stick and eaten plainly but eventually were rolled in cinnamon and sugar.

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20160212_095847  Eventually the dessert made it to Latin American, other European countries and of course the United States. Today it’s common for churros to be eaten during breakfast or as a dessert. 20160212_095947

Churros can be made in any size but many can be found giant sized also known as churrísimos, and are stuffed with chocolate, dulce de leche, or fruit.

In Spain, the churro is almost a national symbol, so much so that churro makers are held in high esteem, as the craft is passed from generation to generation.  A person who specializes in making churros is called a Churrero.  20160212_103405

Here are some photos from the fiestas we had with Yadira and Gilary who told us about Puerto Rico and provided typical dishes from the island.

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Yadira and her daughter Gilary describe pictures of Puerto Rico during a 6th level class.

 

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Ensalada de papas (potato salad) with diced apples for an extra taste of sweetness.

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Arroz con habichuelas (rice and beans)

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Arroz con gandules (rice and green peas) – the seasonings changed the color of the peas!

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La clase antes de llegar la gente (the room before students arrive)

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Yadira whips up homemade piña coladas while 5KB looks on with great anticipation. Check out those Spanish Marías on the table!

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Everyone say, “Arriba, abajo, a dentro, a centro!” — Cheers!!!

 

 

All Levels (5-8)

  • Writing:  Additional Journal Writing (sample questions):  “What are you going to do this weekend?” “What do you want to do this weekend?” “Why do you want to do it?” “What do you have to do this weekend?” “Describe yourself.”
  • Writing a thank you letter to your parent for Thanksgiving.
  • Interactive homework: read to a family member for a minimum of 10 minutes in Spanish every week.  (Parents had to sign off on reading logs that students had read.)
  • Self-Assessments: (Writing in English) Based on the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the school year, how have you done in obtaining those goals? What do you need to do to reach the goals you haven’t met so far?
  • Linguistics: practicing the correct pronunciation of vowels and pronouns from Juan Pablo Rodriguez Prieto’s instructional videos on YouTube
  • Online resources: Senor Wooly.com educational music videos and stories and Duolingo for Spanish web-based games and instruction.
  • Culture:  Puerto Rican visitor Yadira and her daughter Gilary came to discuss their native land and provided a meal of rice and beans (arroz y habichuelas), rice and peas (arroz y gandules), potato salad (with apples) (ensalada de papas con manzanas) and homemade non-alcoholic piña coladas, typically sipped on while enjoying a day on the beach.  Students also provided goodies and beverages for the fiesta!

Middle School

  • Linguistics: Practicing the simple and multiple “r” using Juan Pablo Rodriguez Prieto’s videos on You Tube
  • Grammar: Rules of accentuation (when to use and not use accent marks)

8th Level

Así Se Dice, Level 2 Textbook

  • Ordering and paying for food at a restaurant
  • Identifying foods, eating utensils and dishes
  • Discussing restaurants in Spain and Latin America
  • Using stem-changing verbs in the present and preterite tenses
  • Using the passive voice with the “se”

7th Level

Así Se Dice, Level 1 Textbook

  • Talking about summer and winter weather and activities
  • Discussing summer and winter resorts in Spanish-speaking countries
  • Using the preterite tense of –ar verbs
  • Using the preterite tense of the verb ir and ser
  • Using direct object pronouns

6th Level

  • Así Se Dice, Level 1 Textbook: Identifying and describing people and things; telling where someone is from, conjugating the verb ser
  • Culture: The second civilization in Mexico – The Maya (250 BCE – 900 CE)
  • Linguistics: Practicing the simple and multiple “r” using Juan Pablo Rodriguez Prieto’s videos on You Tube

5th Level

  • Culture: Sports in Mexico taken from “La cultura en Mexico: las casas y deportes” by AIM (Accelerated Integrated Methodology) Language Learning.
  • Culture: The second civilization in Mexico – The Maya (250 BCE – 900 CE)
  • Vocabulary: review of various professions (doctor, nurse, teacher, etc.) Discussing their favorite professions.

 

 

Here are some highlights from the month of October:

All Levels (5-8)

  • Journal Writing (sample questions):  “What did you do this weekend?” “With whom did you do them?”  “Where did you go?”  “What did you eat and drink?”  “What was your favorite activity and why?” “What do you want to do this weekend and why?” “What do you have to do this weekend?” Describing yourself.
  • Resources for spelling and translating: dictionaries, SpanishDict.com and WordReference.com
  • Culture: traditional homes in Mexico taken from “La cultura en Mexico: las casas y deportes” by AIM (Accelerated Integrated Methodology) Language Learning
  • Linguistics: practicing the correct pronunciation of vowels and pronouns from Juan Pablo Rodriguez Prieto’s instructional videos on YouTube
  • Senor Wooly.com educational music videos and stories

Middle School

  • Culture:  the first colonizers and peoples in the 11th to 9th century BCE of the Iberian Peninsula:  the Phoenicians, Celts, Greeks, Iberians, “Tartessians” and Carthaginians
  • The four official languages of Spain: Galician, Basque, Castilian and Catalan
  • Reading “¿Qué Tal?” and “Ahora” monthly magazines in Spanish

8th Level

Así Se Dice, Level 2 Textbook

  • Learning vocabulary related to train travel and interesting train trips in Spain and Peru
  • Learning the preterite of irregular verbs, the verb decir and prepositional pronouns

7th Level

Así Se Dice, Level 1 Textbook

  • Describing people’s personality, conditions and emotions
  • Explaining minor illnesses, discussing a doctor’s appointment
  • Using the verbs ser and estar with lots of conjugation practice
  • Using indirect object pronouns

6th Level

  • Así Se Dice, Level 1 Textbook: Reviewing the basics: numbers, days of the week, months, seasons, weather, greetings, courtesy expressions, and asking and telling time
  • Culture: The first civilization in Mexico – The Olmecs (1200-400 BCE)
  • Reading “¿Qué Tal?” monthly magazine in Spanish

5th Level

  • Journal Writing (sample questions):  “What did you do this weekend?” “With whom did you do them?”  “Where did you go?”  “What did you eat and drink?”  “What was your favorite activity and why?” “What do you want to do this weekend and why?” “What do you have to do this weekend?”
  • Resources for spelling and translating: SpanishDict.com and WordReference.com
  • Culture: traditional homes and sports in Mexico taken from “La cultura en Mexico: las casas y deportes” by AIM (Accelerated Integrated Methodology) Language Learning
  • Culture: The first civilization in Mexico – The Olmecs (1200-400 BCE)
  • Senor Wooly.com educational music videos and stories
  • Reading “¿Qué Tal?” monthly magazine in Spanish