The first time I taught kindergarten Spanish, I thought if I read the story La oruga muy hambrienta (The very hungry caterpillar) enough times, kids would learn something. Right?
So, I faithfully came into my kindergarten classes, once a week for 15 minutes, and read the book to them. I was animated and I pointed and gestured, but really, there wasn’t a whole lot of comprehension going on. And as for doing anything with the language? No. Mostly, that year was a waste of everyone’s time.
Since then, I’ve learned a lot about comprehensible input and about teaching very young kids. In Calico Spanish Stories Online, you’ll find a lot of fun, comprehensible stories. Stories that help kids speak real Spanish to real people.
Even in kindergarten? Yes, even there.
To prove it, let us give you some free resources to try. We’ve taken some clips from our Video Stories and put them together into a lesson that’s perfect for kindergarteners. (Note that these are clips from the Video Stories and not the stories themselves, so this lesson in this video is bonus blog/YouTube content; it’s not part of the member content.)
Here’s the learning target:
I can say something about what I am like and something about what I am not like.
Try out the video, and then try out the free activity sheets below. We’d love to hear how this goes in your kindergarten classes!
Here are the activity sheets that can accompany this lesson. Each is an actual Activity Sheet taken from our Stories Online curriculum levels A and B with targets involving describing oneself and other people.
- Grande & pequeño: 3 Activity Sheets to help young children describe things and people as big or small
- ¿Quién dice?: Children will identify which characters say, for example, “I’m big” or “I’m smart.”
- ¿Joven o viejo?: Children will identify which characters are young or old.
- A describir las personas: Children will select adjectives that describe particular people.
Let us know what you think!