Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Intermediate Spanish Birch Lane

Hola padres,

My name is Irene Sanchez I am the intermediate Spanish teacher at Birch Lane.
Just wanted to say that class has been great since the beginning, and we all have been enjoying class. The students have been working very hard and currently working on learning opposites. These past few weeks have been more fun with the students since they have had a few projects to work on. One of the projects consisted of making clocks (as you can see below), the students made clocks while learning time in Spanish.

I will be planning more projects for the students in the coming future. They are such a joy, and I am happy we all are having fun in class.

Sorry for not writing a blog sooner, but I will keep you updated more often. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

St. James ASL Class

Transforming shapes into art

Food and Colors

Hello all!

The last few weeks our ASL class has been practicing Colors, Shapes, and some Food vocabulary. We’ve had fun drawing and playing some of our favourite games while learning and practicing ASL. The kids love to play 4 Corners and Monkey in the Middle, and they also enjoy playing Bingo with our various topics. I have so much fun in class and love seeing their little hands signing! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

_\,,/ Teacher Desmona



Monday, October 30, 2017

Korematsu Elementary-Beginning Spanish Class

Hola estimados padres de Familia!

For the past weeks we have covered different themes such as fruits and vegetables, shapes and colors.

For fruits and vegetable we covered the following:

Fruits: Fresa-Strawberry ,uvas-grapes, platano-banana, naranja-orange, manzana-apple, piña-pineapple, Sandía-watermelon, mango-mango, pera-pear y cerazas-cherries.

The following are two samples of their work with fruits

 For the vegetables we covered: Borcoli-Broccoli, Cebolla-Onion, Chile-Chili, Zanahoria-Carrot, Papa-Potato, Berenjena-Eggplant, Jitomate-Tomato, Hongo-Mushroom, Elote-Corn, Lechuga-Lettuce
And while we did not do drawings of vegetables we certainly play a game name "Lotería" which is a Mexican game similar to the game bingo. Instead of saying bingo the students say "Lotería" and they win if all the cards on the sheet of paper are called out.

Here are some of the pictures of the "Lotería"cards:

We review the colors by orally stating the color of fruits and vegetables

On the 6th week we covered Shapes Such as:

Estrella-Star, Cuadrado-Square, Trianguolo-Triangle, Circle-Circulo, Rectángulo-Rectangle, Corazón-Heart

The students created the shapes with popsicle sticks and they trace and match each shape with the name of the shapes.

In the following are pictures of their work with the shapes and slight view of their work for Halloween

I apologize for not writing a blog for the first weeks, nevertheless I hope you enjoy seeing some of the work your children have been doing in the past weeks. I am very honor and happy to work with your children and I hope they are enjoying the many activities in class. If you have any concerns or comments feel free to contact me. 

Maestra Lizeth

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.