Need some 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.

Many parents and teachers are looking beyond lists of isolated words. We want to teach real, living language. At the same time, just turning on a Spanish nursery rhyme sounds like noise to beginners. With these lessons, I’ll help you bridge the gap to authentic Spanish, through learning language in context.

I am teaching a Spanish class this year for my kids and some of their friends, ranging in ages 3-6. We spend a few weeks on each line of Los pollitos dicen and center our stories on farm animals. To see my still in-process outline, click here.


Each unit contains three lessons, which can be spread over multiple class sessions. I sell the complete units in my TpT store, but offer lots of free ideas and resources in the blog posts below. You can find free stories in the posts as well, starting with lesson 4.

I am currently doing a series of FB lives that give extra tips for teaching preschool Spanish. They are each embedded in the lesson post they correspond to. Be sure to check them out if it helps you to see ideas in action, and not just read about them. 

Lesson 1: Buenos días (I can greet my friends.)

Lesson 2: Me llamo & dice (I can say my name.)

Lesson 3: La granja (I can name some farm animals.)

Lesson 4: La comida (I can name some foods.)

Lesson 5: Me gusta (I can say I like/ don’t like something.)

Lesson 6: Los colores (I can name some colors.)

Lesson 7: Los opuestos (I can describe a little.)

Lesson 8: Los días de la semana (I know the days.)

Lesson 9: Eres/Soy (I can ask/ answer a few questions.)

Lesson 10: Goodnight in Spanish (I can talk about sleeping and waking up.)

Lesson 11: Numbers in Spanish (I can count 0 -15.)

Lesson 12: Review Activities (I can understand an authentic song.)

Orugas y Mariposas:
A unit to go with La oruga muy hambrienta

This unit is a basic intro to numbers, colors, fruits, days of the week, and high frequency verbs. It’s also a GREAT review for Aug/Sept, when you want to review from Los pollitos dicen AND get your new students up to speed. 

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