Sonrisas Spanish Blog

I have been teaching Spanish to children using children’s stories for 14 years. Sometimes, I still can’t predict when a particular book will captivate the imaginations of my students. This week I found one of those magical books that thrilled my students ages 7 through 12. I wasn’t totally surprised when my second and third graders loved it, but I’m used to my sixth and seventh graders looking at “children’s” books with a critical eye. This book made them laugh out loud and squeal (in Spanish, of course) with the discovery of patterns and foreshadowing in each picture. The book More >

In addition to the imaginary journeys my students take to Spanish speaking countries (see Sonrisas Spanish School: An Elementary Spanish Cultural Curriculum), we also do a short geography activity each day. I have el país del día written on my board, and a world map posted next to it. Each day I write the name of one Spanish speaking country on the board. (I’ll use Nicaragua as an example.) Then I choose students to answer about three geographical questions:

¿ Dónde está Nicaragua?

¿Está al norte o al sur de Los Estados Unidos?

¿Nicaragua es más grande o más chiquito que México?

¿Nicaragua es una isla?

I choose questions based More >