Students in the District 39 Elementary Spanish program often come home singing Spanish songs and using Spanish words they have learned in class. Any time students spend practicing Spanish at home helps them retain the vocabulary and practice their pronunciation. Home review is not a required part of the program, however, if parents and students would like to practice Spanish at home, here are some ways to do that!
There are many books available in Spanish at your local library and for purchase at stores such as Barnes and Noble or Amazon. Many books are also available through Scholastic books (teachers send out order forms periodically). Click on the books below for more information. Here are a few familiar favorites that we recommend:
KindergartenKINDERGARTEN: Students learn basic greetings, colors, numbers, weather, clothing and body parts.
FIRST GRADE: Students learn about themselves, their family, habitats, communities, tamales, and Mexico. There are many familiar books!
SECOND GRADE: Students learn about ladybugs, the Incas, weather, Arctic animals, rainforest animals, and butterflies. What books do they read?
THIRD GRADE: Students learn about explorers, fairy tales, art and architecture, Spain and biographies. Here are something to help them out!
Links for More Practice
There is a wealth of opportunities online to practice the Spanish we learn everyday. There are also many organizations in the community that offer cultural and language enrichment. Take a look!
- Free Online Spanish-English Dictionary
- Vocabulary and Pronunciation Help
- The Weather Channel in Spanish
- Story Place (Stories told in Spanish)
- Spanish Vocabulary Games
- Author Alma Flor Ada
- Songs from Around the World
- Spanish Flashcards
- National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago)
- Instituto Cervantes Chicago
- Old Town School of Folk Music
- Language Star