Looking for ideas for teaching preschool Spanish? You’re in the right place! Here I’m sharing week-by-week plans for a unit based on the song Los pollitos dicen. I’ve found that many parents and teachers are looking beyond lists of colors, numbers, and objects. We want to teach children real, living language. At the same time, simply turning on a Spanish nursery rhyme just sounds like noise to beginners. With these lessons, I will help you bridge the gap to authentic language, through learning words in context.
I am teaching a Spanish class this year for my kids and some of their friends, ranging in ages 3-6. (Most are not reading yet.) I’m really excited to share Spanish with our close friends and family. It’s also really fun that my kids get to hear their friends and cousins using our minority language.
My unit is based on the traditional song Los pollitos dicen. We spend a few weeks based on each different line. So far, each have been been a full mini-unit. To download and see my still very-much-in-process outline, click here. Everything in black is free and explained in my posts, and the parts in blue are games, mini-books, and printables that I’ll eventually have for sale in my TpT shop.
Please note that the lessons each teach a particular point, with a specific goal. I do not recommend going on to the next lesson until the class is solid on that goal. My students are homeschooled, and their parents are practicing with them at home. The class moves quickly because they listen to the songs, read the mini-books, and play games almost every day. If you are teaching at a school and won’t send materials home, you’ll want to spread the lessons out much further. The home supplements can be used in-class as well.
Lessons 1-3 Free los pollitos dicen preschool unit
Lesson 1: Buenos días (I can greet my friends.)
Lesson 2: Me llamo & dice (I can say my name.)
Lesson 3: Los animales de la granja (I can name some farm animals.)
Lesson 4: La comida (I can name some foods.)
Lesson 5: Me gusta (I can say if I like or don’t like something.)