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Engaging the Imagination Through the Senses in Your Preschool and Elementary Spanish Class—Part 1

In this series we will discuss the importance of engaging the imagination for preschool and elementary Spanish, and we will look at different ways to do this.

Engaging the imagination through the senses is a methodology that can make teaching and learning preschool and elementary Spanish almost effortless. At Sonrisas Spanish School, we value the depth of human-to-human communication that a teacher provides in language learning, and we believe that this type of learning is much more effective than media-based programs. We believe that it’s only through the human interaction of a teacher guiding students through a linguistic journey that all of the senses are used in order to engage the imagination.

The senses provide a window between ourselves and the world around us. We want our students to experience Spanish as opposed to just learn Spanish. We use the senses to create this experience. It may be helpful for you to think of yourself—not as a “Spanish teacher”—but rather as a guide taking your students into a Spanish language experience. If you think of your time with your students as an adventure or a journey as opposed to a lesson, you are more likely activate your students’ senses. If each activity is designed with an eye towards sensory experiences, the journey comes to life in students’ imaginations. In subsequent posts we will discuss how to use the different senses to engage the imagination.

Sonrisas Spanish School creates, publishes, and sells preschool and elementary Spanish curriculum and Spanish music for children. The Sonrisas Spanish School Curriculum can be used to teach Spanish to children at the preschool and elementary level, as well as home school Spanish. The Sonrisas Curriculum consists of fun, effective, standards-based lessons for the most effective language-learning experience for kids—one based on human-to-human interaction.

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