About Homework

    At the beginning of Spanish class students are asked to record any homework assignment in their agendas. Generally, Spanish homework is assigned twice a week. For excused absences, students are still responsible for copying missed notes and homework assignments, either by seeing me or asking a reliable classmate.

    Students are encouraged to make Spanish part of their regular study routine, even if there is no written homework. The best way to learn Spanish is to study it every day for 10 minutes. Saying the words or expressions aloud is great practice.


    1. For new vocabulary, ask a family member to say the English word while you write and say the Spanish word

    2. Draw a picture--when possible. You are more likely to remember the word when it's paired with a drawing.

    Fold a piece of paper and tear it into little windows (like we practiced in class) or create a fortune teller.

    4. Tear off the little Spanish words from the windows activity described in #2 and place the pieces of paper in a sandwich bag. Shake it up. Pull out the words one by one, say them aloud and translate them into English.

    5. Turn index cards into a set of picture or word flash cards.

    6. Rewrite the Spanish word 3Xs in your cuaderno.

    7. Record your voice speaking or reading in Spanish.

    8. Write the word in a Spanish sentence.

    9. To memorize pronouns, create a pronoun cube out of an old tissue or gift box that has 6 sides.
                             Write: yo
                                        él, ella Ud.
                                        ellos, ellas Uds.
    Play atrápalo! (catch) with yourself or another person by conjugating a verb correctly according to the pronoun you see when you catch the cube.

    ¡No seas tímido! Don't be shy. Be open to new experiences and willing to take risks--it's OK to pronounce something incorrectly or feel silly or embarrassed. (I learned how to speak Spanish by making a lot of mistakes) You too will be rewarded for your efforts!