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by Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell on Mar 16, 2020

Digital Elementary Spanish Lessons: FREE PDF for COVID19 School Closures

The global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is changing faster than news stories can be written and published. The virus has brought almost every major system to challenges perhaps never faced before. Healthcare. Finance. Food service. Transportation.


In the span of a few days, the coronavirus crisis took us from thousands of kids out of school to millions of kids out of school, and not for an extended spring break – for what amounts to mass quarantine. I’m not going to hide it: when I found out they closed the library, I cried. Three weeks of no school for my young children, and we’ve got a forecast of a week of more rain, and you’ve closed the LIBRARY?!

Still, in the face of COVID-19, the community at large is coming together to unite, to support each other, to help and love (without hugs or handshakes, that is). The educational community, too, has stepped up to provide more resources than we could ever have time to explore while kids are stuck inside.  The sharing and support going on in the Amazing Educational Resources Facebook group (and have you seen their spreadsheet?) is amazing!

In this challenging time, we too at Calico Spanish want to support learners and their families and teachers. We’ve worked hard to create the most effective, research-based, and downright fun online Spanish curriculum for kids available. Now, in the last several days, we’ve been actively brainstorming how we can make our digital elementary Spanish lessons available for every child affected by school closures due to coronavirus precautions (or a snowstorm, for that matter!). We’ve come up with three ways you can use our online curriculum while schools are closed.

1. Digital elementary Spanish lessons: FREE PDF of 10 days of lessons

First, we’ve developed a free PDF with 10 lessons any family can use. These lessons are easy and fun to do, whether the parents or other caregivers speak Spanish or not. Each lesson gives step-by-step instructions and is fully supported by resources from our Stories curriculum, including Video Stories, activity sheets, posters, and flashcards. In these lessons, children will work on:

  • identifying the number of objects in a group (1-7)
  • saying what day of the week it is and what day of the week a birthday falls on
  • asking and answering the question “How old are you?”
  • contrasting items that are big and small

Getting the PDF is easy – just click below, enter your email, and you’ll receive an email with the PDF. Upload it to your school learning management system, include it in your newsletter, link it on your website- however you need to get it to your young Spanish learners and their families!

Click here to request your FREE PDF

Click for FREE PDF.

2. Need more online Spanish curriculum? 3 months for $39!


If the material we’ve included in this 10-day lesson pack isn’t enough to support your young Spanish learners, we’re also deeply discounting full access to our online curriculum. With any subscription, you’ll get 200+ hours of planned lesson content across 4 levels, so you can move around to whatever content best fits your learners’ ability.  All of these lessons were written to be able to be implemented by anyone, regardless of Spanish ability, so they can support literally everyone in this time of shuttered schools.

If you’d like to finish out the school year with access to our curriculum for 3 months, to support teachers in this challenging environment we’ve slashed our quarterly price in half. Our price for a quarterly subscription is regularly $79, but for the duration of this crisis you can get 3 months for just $39. This subscription will renew at our regular price of $79, but you can cancel anytime.

Click here for your 3-month access for $39.

3. For our subscribers

We know those of you already using the Calico Spanish Stories curriculum are all over the map as far as where your learners are concerned. If you want to build your own plans using anything available in your subscription site, we want to support you too. Usually, the Video Stories that are the core of every Stories unit are locked behind a firewall and only the subscribing teacher can access them. However, to face this unprecedented crisis, we’re opening our videos up for our subscribers to share with families at home. Email us to ask for the list of links to Video Stories and Diálogo videos so you can pass along the specific links your families will need.

One more thing – don’t forget that our videos and games page is always available with no login and no external ads. If you have more ideas for ways we can support you in this time, please let us know. Stay healthy, stay safe, and keep learning.

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Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell
Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell is a homeschool mom of three bilingual children. She’s also a Spanish teacher and the COO and chief storyteller for Calico Spanish.


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