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.
3. Fold a piece of paper and tear it into little
windows (like we practiced in class) or create a fortune teller.
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
5. Turn index cards into a set of picture or word flash cards.
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.
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!