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The Spanish Corner at The FarmhouseSchool

Hello Parents,

I can’t believe it has been over a month since I started introducing Spanish to your children.  I love teaching this age group as they are so welcoming and open to new words, new sounds and new concepts.

We started getting the children familiarized with Spanish by explaining to them that there are many Spanish words in their vocabulary that they already know and use frequently.  They were so excited to find out that “piñata”, “chocolate”, “café”, “puma”, “cocoa” and “mango” are Spanish words.  They immediately felt so proud of themselves and said “I know Spanish!!”  This was a great start as they no longer thought of Spanish as a “foreign” language but one that they have already been using on a regular basis.

Many of the parents have asked me about the Spanish song that they always hear their child sing at home.  We call it the “Buenos Días Song” or the “Good Morning Song”.  It goes with the tune of Frère Jacques:

Buenos días, buenos dias,                         Good morning, good morning
¿Cómo estás?                                                                            How are you?
Muy bien gracias, muy bien gracias            I’m very well, I’m very well
¿Y usted?                                                                              How about you?

Buenas tardes, buenas tardes              Good afternoon, good afternoon
¿Cómo estás?                                                                           How are you?
Muy bien gracias, muy bien gracias            I’m very well, I’m very well
¿Y usted?                                                                              How about you?

Buenas noches, buenas noches                     Good evening, good evening
¿Cómo estás?                                                                            How are you?
Muy bien gracias, muy bien gracias             I’m very well, I’m very well
¿Y usted?                                                                               How about you?

Since language skills are only reinforced with practice and I am only with the children once a week, I strongly encourage you to ask them questions, randomly introduce some words we have used in class and sing, sing with them.  Make it silly, make it fun!!  Your children will think that it’s so cool that their parents can speak Spanish too!

Practice Tips at Home:

1.  Please join your child when you hear him/her sing the song.  That will encourage them to become more comfortable with the language.

2.  Surprise them with a “Buenos Dias” when they wake up in the morning or an “Adiós” when you drop them off at school.  How about a “Gracias” with a big bonus smile when they deserve it?  I’m sure they’ll love it!

3.  “Buenas Noches” also means “Good night”.  It can be used during bedtime as well.

Muchas gracias,

Maestra Alisa

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