Are you looking for ideas for teaching preschool Spanish? You are in the right place! Here I’m collecting resources for just that, and will share my week-by-week plans with you. I’ve found that many parents and teachers are looking beyond teaching 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 very important to me that my kids can hear their friends and cousins singing the same songs we sing around our house, and using our minority language. I will be posting weekly updates so you can see what we’re doing!
My unit is based on the traditional song Los pollitos dicen. We spend a few weeks is based on a different line. 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. In my class, the students are practicing the songs and stories at home. When we meet together, however, it’s after they have already had a violin class and their attention spans are short for me. If needed, I simply stay on the same lesson, and repeat the activities. Preschoolers like familiarity and won’t mind singing the same songs or repeating a game. If you are teaching at a school with several short classes per week, you can adjust to use parts of the lesson per class.
Lesson 1: Buenos días
Lesson 2: Me llamo & dice
Lesson 3: Los animales de la granja