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

During the month of September, middle school students will be busy easing themselves back into the Spanish language.  6th graders will work on making a booklet to help review some of the main vocabulary we learned last year.  We will be playing games and doing activities that help us with reviewing.  7th and 8th grade students will begin a video series from the BBC titled ¨Mi Vida Loca¨.  This interactive series will help students review what we learned last year as well as introduce new material.  The series is 20 episodes long and will take us into January.

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. Students will have homework every week to reinforce what we are learning.  The purpose of homework is to practice, practice, practice! You can’t learn a language if you only engage in it once a week.  We will also learn about different countries that use Spanish as their language as well as holidays and customs.

This Month in Elementary School

During the month of September, elementary students will start out learning/reviewing Spanish greetings.  We will make flash cards and play games to help us feel more comfortable with speaking in Spanish.

Middle School Class Assignments

6th Grade

Friday 9/21 – Spanish days of the week practice sheet (front and back) due Wednesday 9/26.

Wednesday 9/19 – Spanish greetings practice sheet #2 due Friday 9/21.

Friday 9/14 – no homework

Wednesday 9/12 – Spanish greetings practice sheet due Friday 9/14

Wednesday 9/5 – student/parent letter to be signed and returned by Wednesday 9/12.

 

 

 

7th Grade

Friday 9/21 – Practice sheet on Spanish verb SER and indefinite articles (front and back) due Wednesday 9/23.

Wednesday 9/19 – Mi Vida Loca episode #2 vocabulary worksheet due Friday 9/21.

Friday 9/14 – no homework.

Wednesday 9/12 – Subject pronoun practice sheet due Friday 9/14.

Friday 9/7 – Mi Vida Loca episode #1 vocabulary worksheet due Wednesday 9/12

Wednesday 9/5 – student/parent letter to be signed and returned by Wednesday 9/12.

 

8th Grade

Friday 9/21 – Practice sheet on Spanish verb SER and indefinite articles (front and back) due Wednesday 9/23.

Wednesday 9/19 – Mi Vida Loca episode #2 vocabulary worksheet due Friday 9/21.

Friday 9/14 – no homework.

Wednesday 9/12 – Subject pronoun practice sheet due Friday 9/14.

Friday 9/7 – Mi Vida Loca episode #1 vocabulary worksheet due 9/12

Wednesday 9/5 – student/parent letter to be signed and returned by Wednesday 9/12.

Elementary Class Assignments

3rd grade

Monday 9/17 – Spanish greetings practice sheet #1.

Monday 9/10 – get parent letter signed for next week.

 

4th Grade

Tuesday 9/18 – Greetings practice sheet #2.

Tuesday  9/11 –  Greetings practice sheet #1 due Tuesday 9/18.

Tuesday 9/4 – return signed parent letter by Tuesday 9/11.

 

5th Grade

Monday 9/17 – Make vocabulary cards for Spanish greetings #2 list.  Write the word in Spanish on one side and the English translation on the other side. Cards due Monday 9/24

Monday 9/10 – Get parent letter signed.  Get textbook covered. Make flash cards (14) for greetings #1 vocabulary. Write the Spanish word on one side and the English translation on the other side.

About Me

This is my 5th year teaching at St. Mary Catholic School. I have been the art teacher here for the past 4 years and I added Spanish to my teaching schedule last year making this my second year as the Spanish teacher. I have been married for 20 years and have 2 children who attend St. Mary.  My daughter will be in 6th grade this year and my son will start Kindergarten. 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 bachelor’s 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