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4 Ideas for a Preschool Farm Theme

One of my favorite themes to teach during the Spring season is the farm. Most children know some of the animals that live on a farm, but do they know why they live on a farm, who takes care of them and the benefits the farm provides us with. Here are some ideas for a preschool farm theme to teach children in Spanish (or English).

The concepts are endless and valuable to learn. Here are 4 farm concept ideas to share with your preschoolers. Keep in mind that I teach Spanish immersion so all of my ideas start from the assumption that must of my students are English native speakers.

Four Farm Concepts to Explore in Class

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Farm theme ideas for preschool in Spanish

  1. Farm vocabulary (practice the articles with the nouns; la vaca, la oveja, los pollitos).
  2. Farm animal products (practice with a complete sentence; la vaca nos da leche, la oveja nos da lana, la gallina nos da huevos, ¿qué nos da el cerdo?).
  3. Food in the farm. Farm animals eat plants, fruits, vegetables, hay, corn, and oats ( this can be a taught in a different lesson about seeds, plants & flowers).
  4. Transportation and vehicles in the farm. Horses are farm animals that can be used as transportation (math concepts can be used to teach about distance and traveling time; lejos, cerca, largo, corto, rápido, lento).

 

 

All of these concepts can be practiced through a variety of learning centers and activities at school or at home. From songs, rhymes and storybook, to math activities, crafts, and even cooking activities.

Use an activity map (un mapa temático) to plan the class activities and to record your ideas!

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Here is the template for the activity map and a weekly planner! Try it and let me know if it worked for you. simple smile 4 Ideas for a Preschool Farm Theme

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Creating a Classroom Constitution

Creating a classroom constitution is a great way to learn about the rights and the responsibilities we all share and need to respect.

Why are Constitutions important?  A Constitution tell us about how a government works and lists some important and fundamental rights to keep people safe.

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To create a classroom constitution, begin by discussing what makes a positive and respectful classroom environment.
Some answers may be:
– We listen when a classmate is sharing his or her ideas and stories with us.
– We offer our help when a classmate is sad or upset.

Brainstorming and Questions (English-Spanish):

  • What are some rights that are important to have in the classroom? ¿Cuáles son algunos derechos que son importantes tener dentro del salón de clases?
    Some answers may be:
    – The right to learn.  El derecho de aprender
    – The right to share my opinions. El derecho de compartir mis opiniones.
  • Can some classmates have certain rights but others not? ¿Piensas que algunos compañeros pueden tener ciertos derechos pero otros no?
  • What do we need to do to protect our rights? ¿Qué necesitamos hacer para proteger nuestros derechos?

Discuss the importance of having rules or responsibilities. I prefer to call them responsibilities because it changes a negative statement into a positive one, for example, the rule is “don’t run inside” vs. the responsibility is “walk inside”.

  • When do we need rules or responsibilities? ¿Cuándo necesitamos tener reglas o responsabilidades?
  • Why do we need rules or responsibilities? ¿Por qué necesitamos tener reglas o responsabilidades?
  • What is the difference between rights and rules? ¿Cuáles son las diferencias entre reglas y derechos?

Class Activity

Students brainstorm and decide between 3 and 5 classroom rights and between 3 and 5 classroom rules or responsibilities. You can help students combine these two into statements.

A statement may be:

“We keep our voices down (responsibility) so that I can to listen to the teacher and learn new things (my right to learn)”
“Mantenemos nuestras voces bajas (responsabilidad) para poder escuchar a la maestra y aprender cosas nuevas (derecho de aprender)”

Display for everyone to see!

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Free President’s Day Bingo in Spanish

I love to play bingo with my young students. It is an easy way to have fun while learning new vocabulary. I encourage children to use full sentences when playing bingo.

This is how I play:

Maestra: ¿Quién tiene la cabaña de tronco?

Niño(s) con la cabaña de tronco: Yo tengo la cabaña de tronco.

Niño(s) sin la cabaña de troncos: Yo no tengo la cabaña de tronco.

When my students use full sentences, I can see how proud they feel of their verbal Spanish skills. It also helps them practice simple sentence structure.

Ready to play? Just print, laminate! You can also print twice each board and cut out the cards to play a memory game.

Materials Needed:

– Print boards (there are three different boards).

– Print the call out cards.

– Laminate the boards and the cards or simply use a sheet protector.

– You need six tokens or pennies per player.

Click image to print the game!

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Happy President’s Day!

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Fostering Kindness in the Classroom

Fostering kindness in the classroom can have a positive impact on your student’s social, emotional and academic life. As teachers and parents, we are probably already encouraging kind words throughout the day, but it is also necessary to actively nurture social and emotional skills to develop a strong sense of kindness.

During the second week of February, we celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week. Why not take this opportunity to implement class activities that cultivate kindness in the classroom? And yes, we can do these activities in Spanish!

Every morning choose a skill you want children to practice throughout the day. Think about which skills your classroom can benefit from.

The ones I have decided to focus on for the next couple of weeks are:

  • Compasión (Compassion)
    Yo me preocupo por los sentimientos de mis compañeros y ofrezco mi ayuda.
    Ideas para discusión en grupo:
    ¿Qué podemos hacer cuando hay un nuevo compañero en la escuela?
    ¿Qué podemos hacer cuando nadie esta jugando con un compañero?
    ¿Qué pasa cuando alguien se lastima jugando?
    Actos de compasión en la escuela:
    1. Juega con un niño(a) durante el recreo con la que nunca has jugado.
    2. Si ves a un niños(a) llorando pregunta si puedes ayudar.
  • Respeto (Respect)
    Yo escucho las ideas de mis compañeros y respeto sus desiciones. Cuando escuchamos a otros podemos aprender nuevas cosas y entendemos lo que esta pasando en nuestro alrededor.
    Ideas para discusión en grupo:
    ¿Qué necesitamos hacer si un compañero nos pide que no lo toquemos?
    ¿Qué necesitamos hacer cuando un compañero está hablando?
    Actos de respeto en la escuela:
    1. Escucha las ideas de tus amigos.
    2. Toma tu turno en la fila y respeta el espacio de tus compañeros.
  • Gratitud (Gratitud)
    Yo doy las gracias a mis compañeros por ayudarme a aprender.
    Ideas para discusión en grupo:
    ¿Cómo nos sentimos cuando alguien nos enseña a hacer algo nuevo?
    ¿Cómo nos sentimos cuando mamá nos cuida cuando estamos enfermos?
    ¿Cuándo damos las las gracias a alguien?
    Actos de gratitud en la escuela:
    1. Da las gracias a tu maestra al final del día por ayudarte a aprender.
    2. Sonrie y da las gracias cuando un amigo nuevo te invita a jugar en el o ella. 
  • Perseverancia (Preserverance)
    Todos nos esforzamos para aprender cosas nuevas.
    Ideas para discusión en grupo:
    ¿Cómo nos sentimos cuando aprendemos a hacer algo nuevo?
    ¿Qué necesitamos hacer para apreder cosas nuevas?
    ¿Cuándo damos las las gracias a alguien?
    Actos de perseverancia en la escuela:
    1. Escucha y partcipa durante la discusión en grupo.
    2. Ayuda a tu mamá o papá a preparar la cena.
  • Autodisciplina (Self Discipline)
    Yo tengo control sobre mis palabras y acciones.
    Ideas para discusión en grupo:
    ¿Qué podemos hacer cuando un compañero no es amable?
    ¿Qué necesitamos hacer cuando la maestra está hablando?
    ¿Cuál es tu rutina en la mañana para venir a la escuela?
    Actos de auto disciplina en la escuela:
    1. Sigue las instructiones que la maestra indique.
    2. Usa voz baja cuando estes adentro de la escuela.
      Take a look at the materials I will be using in February to start talking more about kindness in the classroom. I created a new set of posters to decorate my circle time area.  You can find this at TpT or at my website.

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New Year’s Resolution Activities For Children

Monarca Language wishes you a full year of new adventures!

This is a great time to start thoughtful and exciting resolutions with your children. After all, children love starting new projects. It is important that we support the progress, not just the end results. Enjoy the little or big achievements your child makes along the way!

Let’s think of New Year’s resolution activities for young children this new year.

New Year resolutions are not only for adults or personal aspirations. Resolutions can be made by children, by the family together or even at school. Self-discipline and self-esteem can be strengthened by learning the importance of practice and progress.  Ask your child or class if they would be interested in achieving a family or group goal. Perhaps reading more books, practicing a sport or an art. Even better, practicing more Spanish each day!  We have found interesting articles and activities for you to explore this idea. We would love to hear about any 2016 resolutions you and your little ones make together.

Making New Year’s Resolutions with Your Child
By Laura Lewis Brown

Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Kids
By American Academy of Pediatrics 

Actividades con los Niños para Fin de Año
Por Dariela Cruz 

20 RESOLUCIONES DE AÑO NUEVO SANAS PARA NIÑOS
By American Academy of Pediatrics

ESTE 2016… FREE PRINTABLE

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