Richmond World Language
Mayo/Junio 2020

Virtual learning is coming to an end as is this school year. It has been a learning experience for students, parents and teachers as well as administrators. We have done a great job overall in our district. I hope that you will spend some time this summer in total relax mode, away from the computer screen. If and when you want your child to engage in something educational, there are a lot of songs in Spanish for each grade level on this site. It is always good and fun to listen and sing along to music. Listening is the best way to learn a language and add music to that, songs can be the best tool to remember some of the sounds of a different culture. Congratulations to the students who have finished strong! To the fourth graders, you have accomplished a lot more than you realize with 5 years of listening to Spanish, singing and speaking! I will miss you. 
Adiós mis amigos. 
Señora Gendreau

Adios

April, 2020
We have been doing virtual learning for over a month now. It has been quite a learning experience for everyone. Please know that I am available every day from 9-3. Send me an email at lois.gendreau@chariho.k12.ri.us or you may use the Class Dojo message for your child's classroom.
I wish you all the best as we continue learning.
Señora Gendreau


March, 2020


¡Hola Padres de Familia!


Kindergarten students are now learning how to say different body parts are hurting: Me duele la cabeza - My head hurts. A song we use to remember this phrase is Dolor de Cabeza. Another favorite song that we dance to is called Da Una Vuelta en tu Lugar - Turn around in your place. Many students can count to 20 and some can count even higher!


First grade students have been sharing what they like to do and what they don’t like to do. Me gusta leer - I like to read, always makes me smile! Some children love to play videogames and others do not! Me gusta jugar videojuegos o No me gusta jugar videojuegos. Students are also playing a hand clapping game called CHOCOLATE. I’ve heard they’re playing it on the bus and on the playground. Here is an authentic video of a little girl and her Dad playing CHOCOLATE.


Second grade students have begun to tell time in Spanish.  This reinforces what they have worked on with their classroom. We have heard that our paper butterflies have arrived in schools across the country and we have received paper Butterflies from students in schools along the trail to México. Now we hear that the monarch butterflies are starting to return to the north. We wonder when we will see them in Richmond. 


Students in grade 3 have finished their unit on mathematics. They were assessed on multiplication, rounding and comparison of numbers, all in Spanish! We are beginning a unit on what we like to eat. Me gusta comer papaya - I like to eat papaya! We will be talking about healthy eating and comparing our habits to those of children around the world. 


Grade 4 students are more than halfway through our novel Capibara con Botas. It is really something to see how the students can talk about the characters, plot and setting in Spanish. Some students use one word answers and others are using complete sentences while speaking about the book. This is a reflection of their proficiency. One word responses means that they are novice low speakers while full sentences indicates novice high or even intermediate low. 


Remember to contact us with any concerns and we love it when you share how your children are using their language outside of the classroom. You may click on our names below to send an email. Our World Language website also has resources that you may want to access. 


Hasta Luego,


Señora Gendreau   Señora Carpenter Señora Guiliano

February, 2020


¡Hola Padres de familia!

In Kindergarten class this month, students are learning more body parts: Ojos - eyes, oídos or orejas - ears, boca- mouth and nariz - nose. We have a new song called Don Alfredo Baila Con las Partes del Cuerpo (Don Alfredo dances with the body parts). With our kindness challenge this month we also worked on our polite words: gracias - thank you and de nada - you’re welcome. Students drew some “aliens” that have an unusual number of body parts!  They will look at some Picasso drawings of faces and then make their own. We will play a matching game with different colored hearts for Valentine’s day. Me toca - (It’s my turn), comes in handy.

In First grade, students are talking about what they like to do and what they don’t like to do. They are learning some new words like bailar - dance, jugar - play and dibujar - draw. They will draw two things they like to do and two they do not like to do and share with their classmates using the expression Me gusta - It pleases me. 

In Second grade, students are finishing their unit on clothing by describing what they are wearing on a given day. They include colors to describe their clothing. Their classmates are showing kindness by saying Me gusta tu camisa azul. - I like your blue shirt. 

Students in grade 3 have been reviewing their numbers up to 100 and many are counting up to 400! They are practicing their multiplication tables as well as comparing numbers mayor que - greater than, menor que - less than, igual a = equal to and redondear - rounding. We are finishing our weather videos with green screens. I will share them with you when they are finished. 

Grade 4 students continue to read the novel Capibara con Botas. We have discussed the water cycle and the importance of caring for trees and plants. The characters in our book are an iguana, puma, jaguar and a monkey. Soon the protagonist will be traveling to other places in Ecuador which we will view on Google Earth. Grade 4 students are invited to participate in the Rhode Island Foreign Language Association poster contest. They have been given poster paper, brainstormed the topic which is Languages for All and Ms. Guastini has introduced some ideas for making a good poster. In the past, Chariho elementary students have won first place and we encourage your students to participate in this event. There is a cash prize and they will be honored at a dinner.

Remember to contact us with any concerns and we love it when you share how your children are using their language outside of the classroom. We hear that children use their Spanish numbers on the playground and in science class! You may click on our names below to send an email. Our World Language website also has resources that you may want to access. 


Hasta luego,

Señora Gendreau   Señora Carpenter Señora Guiliano


January, 2020


Feliz Año Nuevo! - Happy New Year!


In Kindergarten class this month, students are beginning to learn the words for body parts. Cabeza - head, hombros - shoulders, piernas - legs, pies - feet. With these we will sing to the familiar tune Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes: Cabeza (head), Hombros (shoulders), Piernas (legs) y Pies (Feet), Cara (face), Ojos (eyes), Boca (mouth) y Nariz (nose). This is one of our favorite songs on Youtube this month Un Pequeño Dedo. 


In First grade, students are being assessed on the basic shapes (círculo, rectángulo, óvalo, triángulo, cuadrado - square) and some descriptors of them (grande - big and pequeño - small). Students have learned that many words in Spanish sound and look like English words and we call these cognates. As we review the body parts in our morning meeting students will tell what hurts (Me duele el estómago - My stomach hurts). Here is a song on Youtube to review the days of the week. Our next unit is talking about what I like to do (Me gusta). 


In Second grade, students continue to work on clothing and what we wear in different seasons. We also have learned how to compliment our friends by saying “I like your blue sweatshirt.” Me gusta tu sudadera azul. - I like your blue sweatshirt. A song that we have been singing is Ponte tus Zapatos (Put on your shoes). 


Grade 3 students have been assessed on reading informational text in Spanish. They have begun to write their script for telling the weather in their chosen country’s capital. Our next unit will integrate newly learned math skills of multiplication and review of comparisons: We are reviewing the numbers up to 100 and comparing numbers: mayor que - greater than, menor que - less than and igual a - equal to. This work of transferring skills that students are familiar with into Spanish helps to reinforce those math skills while becoming more comfortable using the numbers that they have learned in the new language. 


Grade 4 students continue to read and role play our novel Capibara con Botas. They have read 4 chapters. We are impressed how they can read and write in their newly acquired language.Students are doing a great job reading the morning message for the whole school over the loudspeaker on Tuesdays. 


Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any concerns and we love it when you share how your children are using their language outside of the classroom. You may click on our name below to send us an email. Our World Language website also has resources that you may want to access. There are videos of some of the songs we sing in class posted on the new website.


Hasta luego,

Señora Gendreau   Señora Carpenter Señora Guiliano


December, 2019


Dear parents and guardians,


Kindergarten students are working on greeting each other at different times of the day; Buenos días - good morning, Buenas tardes - good afternoon and Buenas noches - Good evening or good night.  We continue to work on our polite words Gracias - thank you, De nada - you’re welcome. We have added more colors (blanco - white, negro - black and rosado - pink). We have also been reading The Gingerbread Man (La Galleta) in Spanish and students will bring home a book to read to you after our winter break. 


In First grade, students are working in pairs with the basic shapes, telling each other to draw a big circle or a small rectangle. We have begun to sing Cascabel, a familiar tune (Jingle Bells) with different lyrics! We will be playing a game to search for Santa’s hat next week. ¿Quién tiene el Gorro de Papá Noel? Who has Santa’s Hat?


In Second grade, students are learning how to say the clothing that they wear in each season.   Llevo botas en el invierno. (I wear boots in the winter.) ¿Qué hora es? We will look at some different ways that children celebrate the holidays in Spain and compare to our celebrations. Did you know that Santa and/or the Three Kings bring gifts on a camel instead of a reindeer? The week before our winter break, grade 2 students will be visiting classrooms around the school to sing some carols in Spanish. On the day that your child is singing, they may choose to wear attire to celebrate the holidays; 2L Monday, December 16, 2H, Tuesday, December 17, 2R, Thursday December 19, and 2W Friday, December 20. 


Grade 3 students continue to read informational text about animals. We have been playing 20 questions using descriptive vocabulary to guess the animal and practicing on a website all the new words. We will look at some interesting customs in Spain at the end of the year: El Día de los Inocentes - like April Fools Day in December, La Gorda - the biggest Lottery of the year, and Noche Vieja - New Year’s Eve eating 12 grapes as the clock strikes 12! 


Grade 4 students continue to read and role play our novel Capibara con Botas. They have read 3 chapters, written a summary and made a prediction about the end of the story. 


Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any concerns and we love it when you share how your children are using their language outside of the classroom. You may click on our name below to send us an email. Our World Language website also has resources that you may want to access. There are videos of some of the songs we sing in class posted on the new website.


Hasta luego,

Señora Gendreau   Señora Carpenter Señora Guiliano

November, 2019

Dear parents and guardians,

Kindergarten students are working on greeting each other by asking the question ¿Cómo estás? - How are you feeling? Our answers are Bien - fine, Mal - not feeling well, Más o menos - so, so.  We continue to learn colors including azul - blue and morado - purple, which are colors on the rugs in our classrooms. Our new phrases as we work on the colors are: Dame rojo por favor. - Give me red please.  Gracias - thank you, De nada - you’re welcome. Students are learning to listen and follow directions. Levántense - stand up, siéntense - sit down, den una vuelta - turn around, manos arriba - hands up, manos abajo - hands down, manos al centro - hands in the middle, manos adelante - hands in front, manos atrás - hands behind. 


In First grade, students are learning the basic shapes and saying how many sides they have: (círculo - circle, rectángulo, - rectangle, óvalo - oval, triángulo - triangle, rombo - rhombus, cuadrado - square). As you can see, many look and sound like the word in English. We call these words cognates. Students are getting very good at listening for cognates as we read stories. Most students can count to 15, many to 20 or higher. They are practicing their addition and subtraction facts to 10 in Spanish (más - plus and menos - minus).  In morning meeting, we now use a variety of expressions to tell how we are feeling including enfermo - sick, emocionado - excited, cansado - tired and angry - enojado. 


Second grade students are working on their math facts within 20. Next we will begin to learn about the clothing that we wear in each season. We are practicing skip counting by two and learned odd numbers (impar) and even numbers (par). They have finished their book of the seasons and most can read them on their own! Weather expressions are: Hace sol - it’s sunny, hace calor - it’s hot, hace frío, - it’s cold, hace fresco, - it’s cool, hace viento - it’s windy, está nublado - it’s cloudy, nieva - it’s snowing, - llueve - it’s raining.


Monarch butterflies have started arriving in Michoacán, México and we are anxious to see if we will receive news from other schools who are following the butterfly migration. 


In grades 3 students are reading short informational paragraphs about animals, where they live and what body parts they have: patas - paws, cola - tail, alas - wings, aletas - fins and garras - claws, as well as others that we are reviewing from previous years.  This month they are sharing what they are thankful for (Doy gracias por __________). 


Grade 4 students have begun to read our novel about a capybara. They have been introduced to the main character Carlos and learned that he lives in the rainforest of Ecuador. He is not a normal capybara though. Ask your fourth grader what makes him different. We also know a little about his parents. We have made our first videos introducing ourselves to our friends in another school in the Chariho district.  We can’t wait to hear from our new friends in that school.


Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any concerns by clicking on our names below to send an email. We have begun to update our new website. You can see some of the songs that we sing in class.  


Hasta luego,

Señora Gendreau   Señora Carpenter Señora Guiliano

October, 2019


Dear parents and guardians,


In Kindergarten class this month, students are counting up to 10. They will be learning the colors of leaves (roja - red, amarilla - yellow, café - brown, anaranjada - orange, verde - green) and a poem about trees and leaves.

Soy un árbol. I am a tree.

Tengo una hoja. I have a leaf.

La hoja se cae. The leaf falls.

No tengo hojas. I have no leaves.


In First grade, students are making books about the days of the week (lunes - Monday, martes - Tuesday, miércoles - Wednesday, jueves - Thursday, viernes - Friday, sábado - Saturday, domingo - Sunday). They are also learning more ways to express how they are feeling (feliz - happy, triste - sad, tengo hambre - I’m hungry, tengo sed - I’m thirsty, enojado - angry, enfermo - sick, aburrido - bored, cansado - tired, emocionado - excited, nervioso - nervous). 


Second grade students are making books about the 4 seasons and the weather associated with each. Students are reading the morning message in Spanish and telling how the weather is. They are reviewing their numbers, up to 39 (some know to 69) and deciding if a number is odd (impar) or even (par). They are also reviewing how they are feeling using many expressions. We have observed butterflies in our classrooms and outside on the playground. We are learning about the stages of the monarch butterflies and we made our own paper butterflies to send to students in another part of the country. We hope to receive butterflies from a school. We are going to follow the butterflies as they travel to Michoacan, México. Ask your student how many kilometers it is from RI to México. 


In grade three students are reviewing the weather in  RI while comparing to the weather in the 21 Spanish speaking countries. They are learning the continents where these countries are located. Did you know there is a Spanish speaking country in Africa? Students are also reviewing their numbers to 69. Some are now counting up to 100. They are learning about animals and their habitats (la granja - farm, el océano - the ocean, la selva - the forest, las montañas - mountains.  We have observed butterflies outside on the playground and at our homes. We are learning about the stages of the monarch butterflies and we made our own paper butterflies to send to students in another part of the country. We hope to receive butterflies from a school. We are going to follow the butterflies as they travel to Michoacan, México. Ask your student how many kilometers it is from RI to México. 


Grade 4 students have written about themselves including their age, who’s in their families and what their favorite color and foods are. We ask and answer questions about the special person each week.  They also wrote a short paragraph about what they did over the summer vacation. They are preparing to make a video introducing themselves to their friends at another school. We will shortly be receiving videos back from our new friends and we’ll compare our schedules with them. Grade 4 students also read the morning announcements to the whole school in Spanish once a week!


Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any concerns and we love it when you share how your children are using their language outside of the classroom. We have heard many great stories. You may click on my name below to send me an email. Our World Language website also has resources that you may want to access. 

Hasta pronto,

Señora Gendreau 

Señora Carpenter

Señora Guiliano