Confession time.

I know- from personal experience- the benefits of learning a second language. My husband, who is himself an English learner, has reaped those benefits time and again. We both speak Spanish. We both speak English.

Our children don’t.

I know, I know. Why don’t we just use Spanish at home and let them have exposure to English everywhere else? Truth be told…I have no idea.

I guess it’s the path of least resistance. Everyone is comfortable with English at home; therefore, it takes less thought and planning to use. It’s automatic.

But our kids are missing out.

So, I invite you all to join me as I desperately attempt to make up for lost time. Follow the blog for weekly updates to Christian’s Kindergarten Spanish Curriculum. There will be lots of freebies and ideas in it for you, too! If you don’t speak Spanish- that’s okay. You will learn right along with your child. Every Spanish word is broken down phonetically (in the printable materials), so you’ll be able to pronounce them correctly.

Check out this page to read up on the many benefits of being exposed to a second language at an early age.

Week One: Colors in Spanish Lesson {Part 1}

Please note: While the lesson steps should be done in order, they don’t have to happen all during the same session. You might choose to do 2 parts today, and some more tomorrow. That is fine. I’d try to keep each session to about 25 minutes, tops.

Lesson Aims:

  • Your child will be able to correctly identify the colors red, orange, yellow, green, and blue in Spanish.
  • Your child will be able to correctly use the color words in Spanish to describe objects and scenery.
  • Your child will be able to ask and answer a question about his/her favorite color in Spanish.

1. Introduce the target language (5 minutes):

  • Tell your child that today, he will learn some new words for colors he already knows.
  • Use the flashcards (free printable at the end of this post!) to teach her the new color words.
  • Be sure to have your child repeat each word, and go through the flash cards several times, saying and repeating each word while looking at the color.
  • Don’t worry if your child doesn’t have the words memorized yet- they will soon enough!

2. Target language identification- guided practice (2 minutes):

  •  Using the flashcards say, point to the color “rojo”.
  • Repeat this for each of the color words and the rainbow card (pronunciation guide is included on each card).
  • Be sure to gently correct your child immediately at this stage! If they point to the “naranja” instead of “rojo”, for example, show them the correct card and try again.

3. Independent Practice- “Slap!” (5 minutes/interest based).

  • Using a large sheet of  butcher paper, have your child help you color some shapes. At least one shape for each color will be necessary. (I had 3 stars in each color, as I had 3 participants.)
  • Call out each of the target words, one at a time, and have your child “slap” the color.

 

  •  Use a simple system to make sure they are beginning to associate the target word with the corresponding color.
The system explained: The checks represent the color they slapped correctly, the Xs represent the colors they missed. Not the prettiest progress monitoring chart, but it’s efficient 🙂

4. Language Application-Listening (5-10 minutes):

  • Give your child a piece of blank drawing paper and the target color crayons or markers
  • Say: You need to listen closely to the directions. I’m going to be using the Spanish words for the colors to tell you what to do.
  • Say: Draw and color the grass “verde”.
  • Draw and color the sky “azul”.
  • Draw and color the sun “amarillo”.
  • Draw and color a flower “rojo”.
  • Draw and color a ball “naranja”.
  • Draw and color an “arco iris” (you may need to review this as it hasn’t been practiced as often as the color words).
  • Continue adding objects to the drawing using the target language until your child begins to lose interest or 10 minutes has passed (whichever comes first).

5. Language application-Speaking (5-7 minutes):

  • Ask: Which of these colores do you like the best? (wait for response- encourage your child to respond in the target language, gently correct if necessary- e.g. Oh, you like rojo! Me too! versus “That’s not how you say it”.)
  • Using dramatic emphasis and hand gestures, say “Mi color favorito es _______” Cual es tu color favorito? (Use the pronunciation guide included on the card printable- link at the end of this post!)
  • Repeat as necessary- encourage your child to ask you your favorite color in Spanish.
  • Dramatic play: Have your child pretend she’s meeting a new friend, and she want to know the friend’s favorite color so she can draw him a picture.

 6. Review- Play “The Game of Los Colores” together!

  • Assemble game pieces (board and card in the links below. You’ll need movers and dice).
  • Roll to see who goes first.
  • When the player lands on a color square, the player must say the name of the color in Spanish. If the player cannot, he/she must be reminded and loses one turn.
  • When the player lands on the white square, ANOTHER player reads him/her a playing card. If the player can complete the task on the card correctly, he/she keeps the card. If not, the task goes to any remaining player. If no one can answer, the task is reviewed and the card goes to the bottom of the pile.

*Important notes: Keep these activities quick, fun, and engaging. Don’t spend too much time on each one in any given session. Learning a new language is exciting, but it can also be exhausting, and the processing time is different for everyone.

Have fun,

Nicole

Get your free game printable and cards!

Instructions for printing: 

Game: Set layout to “landscape”.

Cards: Set layout to “landscape”, print front to back on card stock if you have it. If not, print on separate sheets and glue together or on construction paper. Please note that the printable is designed to be printed “front to back” and flipped on the short edge- so the cards are arranged to facilitate this.