Good Evening Saint Mary’s Families,
Another amazing year with an unthinkable ending has gone by. During the course of this past school year our Spanish class learned from the basic translations, to the more intricate paraphrasing of the Spanish language. For me one of the fundamentals of teaching is that each student be given the opportunity to learn at his own pace and receive extra support when needed. Our younger grade students were always in high spirits during the singing and learning of colors, numbers, classroom items, and body parts.. I begin class assessments in 3rd grade and by doing this, it allows me the opportunity to better support each student individually. Our 4th and 5th grade students had the opportunity to identify masculine and feminine nouns, using definite and indefinite articles in Spanish, conjugating ar, er, and ir regular verbs. We also learn to conjugate irregular verbs and the difference between Ser and Estar, as you can imagine we were quite busy throughout the school year. Keeping in mind that I have to change my teaching approach with every grade, I like to incorporate songs and games into my classes, while still creating a classroom environment where students can immerse themselves into the culture and language of the Spanish speaking world. Be aware that as students advance in grade, the Spanish learning and expectations will continue to increase.
In our Middle School Spanish class, students were busy working with adjectives and writing stories in Spanish. We also worked on translating literary works from Spanish to English, and writing poems to describe our personality and learning when to use ser and estar. Our 7th and 8th grade Spanish Classes are equivalent to Spanish 1 in the High School curriculum. In the past I have had students go directly to Spanish 2 when they attend High School. Being a fast pace class, I try to cover as much information as possible during our weekly class time. We also had a fair amount of language practice in class with group work or individual presentations. With the school year coming to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for giving me the opportunity to teach your children this year. It has been an honor and I am grateful for all the beautiful memories I experienced throughout the year. I respectfully wish all of you a wholesome and inspiring summer. Mrs. García