Grade 3 Grade three begins every class with the sign of the cross in Spanish and a prayer in Spanish: the Glory Be, Hail Mary, and the Lamb of God (from Mass). We also have a Saint of the Day from Latin America or Spain, prepared for us by our 7-8 grade Spanish students. Grade 3 began the “first” chapter of our Spanish 1 book, called Preliminar. We are learning greetings, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, weather, and more. Grade 3 generally has one page of homework each week, related to whatever topic we covered in class.
Grade 2 Our youngest Spanish students begin every class with the sign of the cross in Spanish and a prayer to the Child Jesus, Jesusito. Several years ago, our third graders made up hand motions to go with our our prayer (which is actually a song) so that we can better understand the words. Thank you 3rd grade!!! We will also have a Saint of the Day, celebrated in Latin America or Spain, prepared for us by our 7th and 8th grade Spanish students.
In the first few weeks of school, we learned some classroom commands in Spanish: please repeat, sit down, raise your hand, listen, stand up, and more. For the remainder of the year, we have been working in units: animals, parts of the body, family vocabulary, numbers, etc.
*Kindergarten and first grade began the year with Spanish, but recently traded Spanish for an additional day of library/technology. This was a helpful change for our school because it allows those classes to get the extra time they needed in those subjects and it allowed grades 6,7, and 8 to add an extra day of Spanish. It was a good change I think!