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Friday, May 18, 2012

Spanish Club 2011-2012

Early this school year my friend and I decided we would start a Spanish club to inspire our children to learn Spanish.  She taught the Kindergarteners and I taught 2nd grade and up.

In order to encourage the children to practice their vocabulary, I established a ticket system.  Each time they were able to translate a Spanish word or sentence they would earn a ticket.  At the end of the school year, the person with the most tickets would get to choose a special prize first, followed by the person with the second most tickets, and so on.  I also told them that at the end of the school year there would be a "grand prize" for all.  Today they experienced their grand prize - lunch at an authentic Mexican restaurant.

To prepare them for this special treat, each child received a copy of the restaurant menu at our last club meeting.  We then went over the food items each child was interested in ordering and they learned how to request the dish in Spanish.  They were told that they were to speak Spanish to the waiter and that the waiter would only speak Spanish to them.

Before we ate, they each picked their prize which consisted of gift cards to various restaurants which included Dairy Queen, Dunkin Donuts, and Smoothie King.  It was a very enjoyable time.

Students with their teachers
Our club met weekly at one of the parent's home throughout the school year and will continue to meet throughout the summer, but on a bi-weekly basis.  We feel this is best so that the children continue to practice what they have learned thus far and continue to learn more, but at a slower pace.

If you'd like to start a Spanish club and need some tips on starting one, let me know.  I'd be happy to help you.

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