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¡Leo en Español! (I can read in Spanish)

Yay! We have finished the Spanish Playground Summer Reading Challenge, a free programme designed to encourage children of all ages to read in Spanish. Between the 15th May and 1st August children read as many books in Spanish as they want.  These can be all types of books from electronic books to poems. Parents are provided with books lists and online reading resources as well as tips on how to encourage your child to read more. At the end of the challenge the children receive a certificate!

Spanish reading challege
My snow lepoard (7) & shy jaguar (5) proudly showing off their certificates.

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Latin America

Why is the 25 de Mayo celebrated in Argentina?

There are two important dates around Argentina’s independence from Spain; 9 de Julio which is the day Independence was declared and the 25 de Mayo which is when the first local government was established in Buenos Aires in 1810. 25 de Mayo is known as The May Revolution (Revolución de Mayo) or Revolution Day (El día de la Revolución). The famous Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires is named in honor of this event.

25 de mayo
The flag of Argentina and maté (traditional drink)

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Courses

OnLine Spanish Course for adults

Starting this June you can now learn Spanish from the comfort of your own home with my 6-week Online Spanish Course in which I will teach you basic holiday Spanish.

We will meet OnLine every Monday 7.30-8.30pm from 6th June – 11th July 2016Continue reading “OnLine Spanish Course for adults”

Reviews

Speekee® Accelerate Review: Weeks 23 & 24

Weeks 23 & 24 were fun to do…all about musical instruments!  We started off looking at the different musical instruments on the worksheets and talked about what they are and asked ¿Qué instrumento es? (What instrument is it?).  The lesson evolved and before we knew it the children we playing and tuning the ukulele!

This is one of the things I love about Home Education – seeing the children’s Spanish learning-journey evolving with them – there are no limits to where they can take it.  Continue reading “Speekee® Accelerate Review: Weeks 23 & 24”

Home Education

How can I encourage my child to start writing in Spanish?

My eldest daughter is six and is bilingual. She has no problem speaking in Spanish (spending the first three years of her life in Argentina laid a solid foundation).  She can also read in Spanish, but when it comes to writing she usually just shuts down.  I’m not too bothered as I’m not one of those pushy, competitive parents who compares my children to their peers (not all the time anyway!!) and understand that each child is unique and develops in different ways at different times. She hasn’t shown much interest in writing in English yet so I’m not surprised that there hasn’t been any demand to do it in Spanish, until now… Continue reading “How can I encourage my child to start writing in Spanish?”

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Speekee® Accelerate Review: Supermarket Scavenger Hunt

Using the vocabulary learnt in the last unit I prepared a shopping list in Spanish with 10 items that the children had to find in our local supermarket.  It was a race and the first one back to me with all the correct items in their basket was the winner.   Continue reading “Speekee® Accelerate Review: Supermarket Scavenger Hunt”

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Speekee® Accelerate Review: Weeks 21 & 22

Units for weeks 21 & 22 are all about animals!

For week 21 we spent time talking about our different animals and which are our favourite, forming questions like “¿Cúal es tu animal favorito?” (What is your favorite animal?). We also played a game of animal charades which was fun!  Continue reading “Speekee® Accelerate Review: Weeks 21 & 22”

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Speekee® Accelerate Review: Weeks 17 – 20

This post marks half-way through our Speekee Accelerate review! We have covered 20 weeks of lessons in just over 12 weeks. We’ve kept up with the worksheets easily and although we haven’t always been able to do all of the additional activities that are recommended we have done most of them in small group!

As a Home Educator myself I’ve found that the small group setting we have developed for this review is working really well for us. Our small group entails my daughter Chloe (6), Timothy (7) and Georgina (11) and my other daughter Carmela (4) but she usually only joins in with the games! We meet every fortnight on a Monday morning. Continue reading “Speekee® Accelerate Review: Weeks 17 – 20”

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Speekee® Accelerate Review: Weeks 11-14

Weeks 11 & 12

Weeks 11 & 12 cover modes of transport, colours and comparing sizes. The worksheets in week 11 are great and easy for the children to get on with.  They include lots of repetition with nice clear instructions.

Kids studying
Doing the transport worksheets in our new “home ed” space.

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