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More Teaching Tips for Preschool and Elementary Spanish

This is the third part in a series of tips for teaching Spanish to preschool and elementary students. 

1. WATCH YOUR PACING—One of the biggest challenges with teaching young children is keeping them engaged. Your pacing has a lot to do with this. Keep your lesson moving so that your students feel like they are doing one exciting thing after another. Be flexible enough so that if your students’ attention starts to wander, you can stop what you are doing and move on to something else. Most important, pay attention to your students and adjust your pacing to their needs.

2. PLAY WITH YOUR STUDENTS—It’s no secret that young children learn a ton through play. You must harness your inner child and play with your students! Sing and dance with them, get goofy, make faces, roll around on the floor. If you play while you are teaching, your students won’t even realize they are being “taught”.

3. USE PRACTICAL COMMUNICATION EVERYDAY—Many teachers are great at following lesson plans, but they miss out on the ample opportunity to teach outside the lesson plan. This opportunity comes with the practical communication that you use everyday in your classroom—stuff like “close the door”, “let’s make a line”, “pass the crayons”, or “do you have to go to the bathroom?” You should always communicate these things in Spanish. Not only do you set the example of using Spanish for useful purposes, but if you say these things day in and day out, your students will acquire these very practical language constructs.

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