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Mi Vida Loca Episode 10: La clase de español

Episode 10: La clase de español Introductions, -ar verbs, ser, bedrooms and bathrooms.  Game: Batalla Naval Print out the Battleship games I have available as a freebie and fill in the verbs from Episode 10. (Or buy the Mi Vida Loca Activity Pack and print our...

Mi Vida Loca Episode 9: ¿Hay un hotel?

Episode 9: ¿Hay un hotel? Booking a room, giving personal information, hay/es/está.  Game: ¿Qué hay en la bolsa? Choose several items the students might know how to describe and how to say in Spanish. Without showing the students, hide an item in the bag. Play 20...

Mi Vida Loca Episode 8: Un billete de ida

Episode 8: Un billete de ida Numbers 16-99, buying travel tickets, para.  Game: Lotería I have a Bingo game included for this episode in my Mi Vida Loca Activity Pack, but you could easily make one using my free printable here. I like to dictate the numbers in Spanish...

Motivating Kids to Use the Minority Language

Last night I was curled up on the couch with Janio (3), reading before bedtime. He brought some of his favorite books, one of them a book in English with little farm stories. I usually translate the stories into Spanish as I read aloud. It makes it less relaxing for...

Mi Vida Loca Episode 7: La oficina de turismo

Episode 7: La oficina de turismo Telling time, days of the week.  Game: ¿Qué hora es, Señor Zorro? This game is best played in a gym or outside. Pick one student to be Señor Zorro/Señorita Zorra. The rest of the students line up opposite Señor Zorro, as far away a...

Mi Vida Loca Episode 6: Un regalo

Episode 6: Un regalo Plurals, buying a gift, numbers 1 to 15. Game: Mano Nerviosa  Divide the students into groups of 4-6. (Can be played with 2-3 if needed.) Ace = 1 2 – 10 = 2 – 10 Jack = 11 Queen = 12 King = 13 Divide all of the cards evenly among the players, and...

Mi Vida Loca Episode 5: Tapas

Episode 5: Tapas Ordering food and drinks, pronouns, quiero Activity: Bracket Game (reviewing food and drinks in Spanish) By now your students have learned over 16 terms for food and drinks. Do a bracket tournament and vote on the top food or drink. Use my March...

Bugs, Dirt, and Kids

For Christmas, my mom's gift was the book Lasagna Gardening, along with several promised deliveries of manure and mulch. Yes, I know-- my nature and garden-loving mother is amazing. This week was another delivery of mulch, and we all got outside to work on getting our...

Being Brave With Language

I have a terrible habit I've had to work against my whole life: I compare. Constantly. It's a battle to remind myself not to do this. I do it with everything: how much I get done, how clean my house is, how our children behave. And it spills over into Spanish: how...

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