With this simple reading and writing activity for practicing feelings in Spanish! This is good to do after the other activities in my previous post so kids have heard and seen both the verbs and the feelings in Spanish.
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How I Did This Activity about Feelings in Spanish with My Kids
We did the activities from the last lesson (conversation, games, the movie talk, and the readings), and I noticed that Alex wasn’t completely understanding the vocabulary. So I told him the story about Felicia and the dragons and had him do TPR while I told the story. He pointed to the flashcards when I said the emotion and did our ASL actions for the verbs. He rolled his eyes the whole time, but he definitely understood the vocabulary better after we finished the activity.
After doing all of the activities, I decided I wanted them to have some reading and writing practice with the yo and tú forms. The presenter at one of the TPRS™ trainings I went to said reading helps cement the language. I don’t know if this is the best way to explain it, but I know reading is super powerful in language acquisition according to Stephen Krashen, a guru of language acquisition.
If you’re nerdy like me and want more info just click on his name above to go to his site. He has published most of his papers for free knowing teachers are poor. ja ja ja The information is fascinating! And this works in all languages, so if you want your kids to speak English better, make sure they are reading a lot.
Anyhoo, I made the activity with an example about myself so they can read the yo form, questions for kids to ask themselves so they can read the tú form, and then a place for them to turn their answers into a paragraph about themselves. My example was totally fake (I always make stuff up about myself in my classes), and the boys asked me, “You like playing disc golf?” 🤨 Um, have you ever seen me play? No. It’s a story. 😂
The writing section is language output which doesn’t help language acquisition. Not logical, I know. So if you want to skip the writing part, go for it! If you do have your kids write, don’t expect greatness and don’t be bummed about it (like I was at first). According to Bill Van Patten (another language acquisition guru who is super funny), there aren’t mistakes in language. Having the kids write just shows how much language kids have acquired so far.
I’m glad that I had the boys write because it gave me an idea of where I need to give them more input. Aidan kept writing estoy everywhere. Like “estoy jugar Minecraft.” My hope is they are understandable as opposed to perfect. I don’t think “estoy jugar Minecraft” would even be understandable to a Spanish-speaker. 😆
With the stories, there will be dialogue added in the next lesson, so I know that will help with the boys seeing more yo and tú forms. I know this has helped my students in high school classes, so I’m excited that dialogue will be added. And I’m going to start including the Todo sobre mí (All about Me) activity in each lesson as another way to give more examples of the yo and tú forms.
And I’m going to keep using the words they are learning throughout the day for more listening. For example, the other day I thought about getting pizza for dinner and asked Alex, “¿Quieres comer pizza hoy?” The kids understand me when I use these words which I’m really happy about. I just read this blog post about different ways to help your kids be bilingual, and I feel like I’m closest to #4: Time and Space.
They still answer in English, and I’m not going to push them to speak Spanish because they are already not thrilled about the lessons, and I don’t want to make it a negative experience. I’ve also heard at workshops I’ve attended that the language will “fall out of their mouths” when they’re ready to speak. So I just need to have a little more patience.
Speaking of them not being thrilled about the lessons, I’m going to start posting every other Sunday instead of every Sunday. It’s taking a lot longer to get through the lessons than I had originally planned for a variety of reasons. One is giving them individual lessons instead of doing the lessons together. I’ve become stressed about getting enough activities done each day to be able to post every week. That is making me grumpy and making them not like the lessons. Exactly the opposite of what I want. So I’m going to slow things down for us and just post twice a month.
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Did you read the post about bilingual kids? Which method do you think you are closest to? Tell me about it in the comments below!