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Homeschool Spanish – Easy and Fun Summer Practice Ideas

The homeschool year has ended, and you and your children have worked hard all year. Everyone's ready for a break! But, you wonder if over the summer they are going to forget much of what they have learned. What can you do? You can make practice easy and fun. Here are some more

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 more