St. Mary's Catholic School
218 W. Washington Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740-4765
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Challenging the Mind - Living the Faith

Spanish with Señora Renken

Welcome to Spanish

 

Why is it important to learn a second language?

There are so many great reasons to learn a new language. Believe it or not learning a second language boosts your brain power! It improves your ability to multi-task and also improves your memory. Learning a second language can actually improve your first language! It enhances your performance in other areas of academics. It helps to build your self confidence. It makes you open to other cultures and gives you the ability to connect to the people from those cultures.


Middle School Spanish

Middle school students will meet twice a week this year for Spanish.  The beginning of the year will focus on reviewing basic things students learned last year.  We will increase our Spanish vocabulary using a variety of methods.  Students will be making flash cards throughout the entire year which they will add to a key ring.  They will also be compiling an interactive notebook to help them keep track of all of our lessons. We will practice each day using a variety of games. In addition to increasing our vocabulary, students will learn about different countries each month that speak Spanish. By the middle of the year I would like to have students beginning to read a compilation of short stories in Spanish. The goal of this is to teach them how to use the vocabulary they know to comprehend text written in Spanish.

Student participation is extremely important in class.  Students will be given homework each day that they come into class. The purpose of this homework is to reinforce what we are learning that week. It is important to practice, practice, practice!! I encourage students to practice their flash cards 2-3 times a week in order to help them to increase their vocabulary. It will also help them in class when we play games and do interactive activities with the vocabulary. We will be doing several projects this year as well as learning about and participating in different Spanish festivities like Cinco de Mayo.

This Month in Middle School Spanish

This month in Spanish middle school students are continuing to learn new routines in class.  We have moved into working in a Spanish textbook which stays in the classroom.  Students have been learning new vocabulary …a list of adjectives that we use to describe people.  We have been focusing on writing simple sentences and memorizing several Question words.  We have continued to play review games on the IPad as well as old fashioned memorization games.  We have also begun to learn ways to recognize the gender of many nouns. We will be moving into learning about definite and indefinite articles, personal pronouns and making nouns plural.  This past month we began learning some facts about Argentina and we will move on to a new Spanish speaking country later this month.

Elementary Spanish Classes

Elementary school students will have Spanish once a week.  We will be learning lots of vocabulary through singing and a variety of games! Students will continually be creating a set of flash cards that they will add to a key ring as well as creating their own interactive notebook that includes all of our lessons.  In their Spanish folder, they will keep a signature sheet that allows them (and you) to keep track of how many times a week they practice. I encourage them (and ask you to encourage them) to practice at least 2-3 times a week .  We only have class for 30 minutes a week.  The better prepared they are for class, the more fun they will have. 5th graders will have homework from time to time to reinforce what we are learning.  It will also help prepare them for 6th grade when they go from 1 to 2 classes a week.  For all elementary classes, I will typically send some form of worksheet activity home with them each week.  The purpose again being to practice, practice, practice! You can’t learn a language if you only engage in it once a week.  We will learn about different countries that use Spanish as their language as well as holidays and customs.

This Month in Elementary School

We have spent the last 3 weeks singing songs and learning Spanish greeting.  Students began working on flash card for their 1st set of vocabulary words. Once we get through our greetings, we will move on to learning Spanish numbers.  3rd graders will learn 0-20 and 4th and 5th graders will learn 0-100. We will begin this month playing games and hopefully utilizing IPads.  Please encourage you children to study their vocabulary 2- 3x a week. 30 minutes a week is really not a lot of time to be in a language classroom.  Anything extra they can do will be beneficial to them!!

Middle School Class Assignments

6th Grade

Wednesday December 6 – write 10 simple sentences using the new vocabulary words and the to be verb SER.  Students should use their copy books and flash cards to write the sentences on their own.  They should not use google translate to create a sentence.

 

 

7th Grade

Wednesday December 6 – write 10 simple sentences using the new vocabulary words and the to be verb SER.  Students should use their copy books and flash cards to write the sentences on their own.  They should not use google translate to create a sentence.

8th Grade

Wednesday December 6 – write 10 simple sentences using the new vocabulary words and the to be verb SER.  Students should use their copy books and flash cards to write the sentences on their own.  They should not use google translate to create a sentence.

 

Elementary Class Assignments

3rd grade

This month we are learning our Spanish days of the week.  We will be making index cards. Students should practice these flash cards.

I will be sending home weekly practice sheets to help them review.

4th and 5th Grade

Tuesday December 4 – days of the week practice sheet (working with manana and ayer).

Tuesday November 28 – 1.  days of the week practice sheet.  2. Students cut out a list of the days of the week in class and glued it into their copybooks.  They need to finish this by cutting out the Spanish days of the week provided and gluing them to the matching English translation.

 

About Me

This is my 4th year teaching at St. Mary Catholic School. I have been the art teacher here for the past 3 years and I am excited to add Spanish to my teaching schedule. I have been married for 19 years and have 2 children who attend St. Mary.  My daughter will be in 5th grade this year and my son will start PreK. I have lived in Hagerstown and now Clear Spring for most of my life … although I was born in Kansas and lived for a year in Maine. I am an alumni of St. Mary and attended from K-8th grade. I have a bachelors degree in Education from Shepherd University. I love animals, camping and the beach. I am very artist and love creating things! I enjoy teaching at St. Mary and seeing all of the wonderful things our students can do.

Mrs. Renken

Spanish and Art teacher,

St. Mary Catholic School