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10 Enjoyable, No-Prep Spanish Class Warm-Ups

I always like to start my elementary and middle school Spanish classes with an easy warm-up to help students get focused, ease in to using their Spanish, and set a comfortable, friendly tone for the class. I keep the activities simple using material that the students have already mastered. Once ...read more

Help Kids Learn Spanish Successfully by Doing

Understanding, speaking, reading, and writing - those are the four skills we want students to master when learning Spanish. But the question is, how do we do that in a way that successfully does the job? I believe it is by having them “do” and use their senses. When children learn ...read more

Spanish Conversation Card Activity

Spanish phrases

I am always trying to think of effective and engaging ways for my students to practice Spanish conversation. Many times it is hard to get them speaking because they feel self-conscious or they go into "deer in the headlights" mode if put on the spot to just "converse" in Spanish. This ...read more

Spanish Conversation Building Idea: Write Skits

A great way to build Spanish conversation as well as reading and writing skills is to write and perform skits. The process of writing and performing skits pushes students to creatively bring together the many verbs, vocabulary, and grammar concepts they have been learning in an open-ended communicative way. I follow these ...read more

Spanish Practice Ideas Using Toys

Spanish Games

If your kids are learning Spanish, there are so many ways you can use toys to add some hands-on practice. Hands-on practice is valuable because it provides students with a multi-sensory learning experience where they touch, look, listen, speak, and move around. They become totally immersed in the practice, and ...read more

Simple Ways to Save Money and Help the Environment

Spanish for You! strives to make teaching and learning Spanish simple, effective, and affordable. In the same vein, I like to take that same approach to other areas of daily life. So, here is a list of simple and effective things you can do to save money AND help the ...read more

Homeschool Spanish Learning Holiday Gift Ideas

Some years ago my mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas. One item I said I wanted was a big, laminated world map! That might sound like a strange thing to ask for, but I wanted it for playing different games in my classes. As a teacher I spend money ...read more

Why Do They Use Accent Marks in Spanish

accent marks

Often students are confused about when to use accent marks when writing Spanish words. There are two reasons accent marks are used:to change the meaning of the word or to “break the rules” as I call it. Here are examples of how they change the meanings of words: el = the      ...read more

Sorting Spanish Verbs Together in Class

spanish verbs

Yesterday we sorted Spanish verbs on the board in class. This is such a great activity because it is simple to do, the kids enjoy all the moving around, and it engages them in learning their Spanish verb conjugations. Here is what we did: I had Spanish verb conjugations on ...read more