Engaging the Imagination Through the Senses in Your Preschool and Elementary Spanish Class – Part 4

We continue with our series on engaging the imagination through the senses. In this post: SEE, SMELL AND TASTE.

To engage the visual imaginations of your preschool and elementary Spanish students, you can use books, photographs, puppets, maps, globes, and artwork. When teaching the seasons, for example, you can bring in pieces of colorful construction paper, hold one up, and say, “Yo veo el color anaranjado. ¿Cuál es la estación?” Again, before each lesson you can ask yourself, “What visual input can I give my students to support this lesson? How can I incorporate an experience of color into this lesson?”
We can all relate to the experience of an olfactory memory. The scent of your grandmother’s perfume on a stranger propels you into her living room; the fragrance of a gardenia takes you back to tropical vacation you once took; the smell of apples takes you to a fall apple-picking harvest. The smells trigger the memories. If you can give your preschool and elementary Spanish students the opportunity to smell and taste, the experience is etched into the memory. When teaching ¿Qué sucede en la primavera? in Sonrisas Level II, for example, you can bring in flowers for students to smell. When teaching ¿Qué te gusta? in Sonrisas Level I, you can bring in different foods for students to taste. When teaching El Día de Los Muertos in Sonrisas Level I, you can burn incense, bring in marigolds, and share pan de muertos. Each of these experiences of smelling and tasting in the context of learning the language will engage students’ imaginations through their senses.

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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