Learning about Spanish place names in the United States teaches children about Hispanic heritage and language.

The United States has states, cities, rivers and mountains with names in Spanish. Looking at the meaning of Spanish place names in the United States is a fun way to connect with the Hispanic heritage of the country and practice language skills at the same time.

Singing is such a fun, effective way to learn language! Of course, students need to understand what they are singing to learn. That’s why it’s important to make songs comprehensible by associating pictures and gestures with new language. Today I’m sharing my favorite Spanish vocabulary songs for elementary themes.

Elementary Spanish blogs provide useful resources to teachers and parents.

I really appreciate teachers who write elementary Spanish blogs! On social media, I can ask a question and get helpful answers right away, but I love blogs for other reasons. There is a good chance you will, too. Below you’ll find 7 elementary Spanish blogs you should know about.

Students learn Spanish tener expressions with this printable board game.

Many tener expressions are common, everyday vocabulary, and my students learn the high-frequency vocabulary early. We use these phrases all the time! I made this tener expressions game for my youngest students to take home and play with their families. This tener expressions game is a fun way to involve parents, and it gives focused practice with four basic phrases…

Nuestra historia is a complete CI curriculum for Spanish.

I’ve been teaching for 30 years and have been lucky enough to see amazing changes in language education. We have moved to communicative instruction based on comprehensible input, and with technology we now have unlimited authentic resources. Nuestra historia, a CI curriculum for Spanish, reflects these changes and what is best in language teaching today.

Speech bubble photos engage students with Spanish conversation.

Speech bubble photos are a fun and effective way to encourage students to speak or write in Spanish. They also make good reading practice when you create dialog for the bubbles.