Tuesday, October 3, 2017

St. James ASL Class

Teacher Desmona
Hello all!

My name is Teacher Desmona and I teach American Sign Language (ASL) at our St. James site. This is my fourth year returning and coming to TALK everyday is my favourite part of the morning! I’m so happy to see new and returning faces this year! I'm looking forward to enjoying ASL along with your kids and families! I think we’re having fun so far :)
Activity Folders, Manual Alphabet

The first few weeks we will cover basic greetings, introductions, and personal identity. Giving and receiving this kind of information is very important in Deaf Culture. We will also practice the manual alphabet, numbers, and useful commands and sentences in the classroom.

We have played with beach balls and bingo boards to keep ASL fun while learning! We’ve created folders to keep any artwork or activities done in class. We’ve also decorated our ticket bags, where the kids store their tickets they earn to “purchase” prizes on Fridays. It is very important for the students to arrive to class on time each day and come prepared to play and learn in an ASL environment. I want them to get the benefits of the full class time so they don’t miss out of any of the fun. Plus, they will have the opportunity to earn more tickets. :)

Here's some vocab and ASL grammar we’ve covered so far:

Hello, Good morning
How you? (and common responses- good, tired, fine, etc.)
Nice to-meet you, Goodbye
You name what? My name (fingerspell name).
You boy, girl which? Me boy.  -or-  Me girl.
how-Old you? Me (age). (number is placed by chin and brought down like sign for old)
You live where? I live Davis.  -or-  I live Winters. (city names are fingerspelled first then signed)

This week we started our “Letter of the Week” where we practice an assigned letter. We will practice signs that start with the letter, practice fingerspelled words that start with the letter, and practice signs that use the letter handshape. Some of the kids have already added a couple additions to this week’s list. :)

Letter of the Week: Aa
Signs: American Sign Language, absent, again, age
Fingerspell: ASL
Handshape: practice, not, girl, which, live
Student Additions: animal (sign), Abigail (fingerspell), ice cream (handshape)

I’m having a wonderful time in class and look forward to the rest of the year! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Happy Signing!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Intermediate Spanish - Patwin

Hello parents,

For the past two weeks I have been getting familiar with the students and figuring out what kind of activities they enjoy the most. All of the students are so bright and intelligent, many of the students that have continued in intermediate Spanish are able to understand and translate phrases in Spanish when I give them instructions. For the first week I had them tell me about their favorite color or animal by writing and drawing on their white boards. For the second week of class we  played a guess game called "Adivina, Adivinor" which is how students learned how to say English words in Spanish. They were also able to design their own paper bags to put their tickets in for the end of the month raffle. We did a lot of writing on white boards but starting next week they will be writing in journals so that they can keep a record of their writing and see much they have learned at the end of the year.

I did not take pictures these past weeks but there's going to be plenty for the next blog!

Thank you for reading,

Maestra Jessica.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Intermediate Spanish Class - Pioneer

Hola padres,

These past 2 weeks we have covered a lot: from greetings to ABC’s, to numbers, and other review topics (days of the week, months of the year etc). We have also been keeping a journal where the students practice how to write the date: in past, present and future tense. Later in the year, we will be increasing our time writing and we will be formulating different sentence structures as we learn/review new topics. Lastly, I wanted to share that yesterday we had fruit (strawberries and blueberries) to celebrate past birthdays. We will be doing this at the end of every month! 

Here are some phrases and pictures of what we have covered in class, please ask your kids to share with you and practice with them:

Hola/ buenos días/como están?
Me llamo ____ y tengo ___ años.

Días de la semana = Days of the week

Meses del año = Months of the year

Los números en español
1 = uno
2 = dos
3 = tres
4 = cuatro
5 = cinco
6 = seis
7 = siete
8 = ocho
9 = nueve
10 = diez
11 = once
12 = doce
13 = trece
14 = catorce
15 = quince
16 = die-ci-séis
17 = diecisiete
18 = dieciocho
19 = diecinueve
20 = veinte
21 = vein-ti-uno
22 = veintidós
23 = veintitrés
24 = veinticuatro
25 = veinticinco
26 = veintiséis
27 = veintisiete
28 = veintiocho
29 = veintinueve
30 = treinta

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wrapping up in Intermediate ASL Class - St. James


During our last month the students created board games that they imagined on their own. Here, they are pictured teaching others how to play their games which included a "Candy Land" style one, one for strategic land domination, and one on American trivia.


Here the students enjoy our last week of TALK classes for the year. The students played dodgeball and cornhole in between practicing their ASL rendition of "How Far I'll Go" from Moana and, later, bowled during Parent Open House.

Last month at Int Spanish - Birch Lane

For our last month together, the kids spent the first week of May learning about the weather! It worked out perfectly since that first week of May had a variety of different whether conditions.

Some of the kids favorite activities for the week were to make their own bingo cards as well as playing "indoor basketball" as a team, where I'd ask them a vocabulary word and if they guessed right, they could shoot a paper ball into a trashcan for tickets!

For our end of the year presentation, the kids decided to do the play: "Three Little Pigs." They also had the opportunity to get involved on all aspects of their end of the year presentation, from making their costumes to making their own props.

The kids working on their houses (in this picture, the stick house and the brick house)

For our last week together, the class focused on reviewing different materials from animals, to food, to feelings and emotions and more!

Overall it was a great pleasure to work with the kids and help them become more familiar with the Spanish language. It was wonderful to see how much they grew throughout the weeks, it was truly a memorable experience for me.

If you are interested in practicing some vocabulary with your kid at home, I highly suggest to look over their folders and the work they did throughout the semester. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.

-Maestra Teresa
email: teguerrero@ucdavis.edu


During our last month of Spanish, students learned about Día de las madres en Latinoamérica (Mothers’ day in Latin America). For example, they learned that in México, mother’s day is celebrated on May 10th. Students created a card to share it with their moms 😊

And finally, we created our own Lotería (a traditional Mexican card game). During our open house and last day of Spanish the students and their family were able to play Loteria and learned a little bit more about the amazing work the students did in class.

They also prepared for the end of the year performance! We had so much fun and enjoyed singing “El 🐥 pio”

It was a pleasure being part of every single one of my students’ journey to learn Spanish.  We had so much fun and learned muchísimo!

Que tengan un lindo verano,

Maestra Miriam 📚

Intermediate Spanish at North Davis Elementary

Sadly the semester has come to an end, but looking back it was a great year! The kids learned so much and in such a short time! To conclude our last week we made a book called Todo sobre mí / All about me. This activity helped us review: introductions, me gusta/I like, no me gusta/I don't like, la familia/the family, mi favorito/my favorte, and much more!

 The following pictures are from throughout the semester.
Here they are playing the tossing target game I laid out multiple squares and each was worth either 1 or three tickets. I asked them a question, for example, como se dice engineer, decribe una manzana, cuando es tu cumpleaños and etc. If they got the question right they would throw it, if not we would review together, then they would have a chance at throwing it.

  It was a pleasure having each and every one in my class! We all had an amazing time together learning Spanish! Thank you all for your time and commitment! Have a great summer!

! Muchas gracias!
Maestra Joceylne