La Clase de Español!

Spanish

Hola! My name is Señora Venegas

I'll be your child's Spanish teacher this year! I am so excited to learn and grow along with my students.

Just to give you a little background on me...I graduated from Oakland University in Elementary Education with a focus in Language Arts and English as a Second Language. Last fall, I completed my student teaching internship at Clarkston Elementary in second grade. I was an instructional aide for math and literacy at North Sashabaw Elementary in the spring.

My husband Julian and I got married in June! We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon. We both grew up in Waterford but moved to Rochester in July. We teach Sunday school to the two year-olds and three year-olds at our church. When I'm not teaching, I love to spend time with my golden retriever, my family, and friends; I love to bake, plan parties, read, and travel.

Señora's Schedule

Monday-Clarkston Elementary AM/Independence Elementary PM
Tuesday-Springfield Plains Elementary
Wednesday-Pine Knob Elementary
Thursday-Pine Knob Elementary AM/Springfield Plains Elementary PM
Friday-Independence Elementary

What We're Learning in Young Fives and Kindergarten

In Kindergarten we’re learning…

  • To follow directions with words like levántense (stand up), siéntense (sit down), vengan aquí (come), escuchen (listen), miren (look).

  • To greet and take leave with words like hola and adiós

  • To introduce ourselves with me llamo… (my name is)

  • And to call people by proper titles like Señor, Señora (Mrs.), Señorita (Ms.)

Soon, we’ll be learning colors and numbers one to twenty!

What We're Learning in First Grade

In First Grade we’re learning…

  • To express our feelings by saying estoy bien (I am well), estoy así así (okay), mal (bad)

  • To follow directions with words like levántate (you stand up), siéntate (you sit down), levantense (You guys stand up), siéntense (sit down), vengan aquí (come), escuchen (listen), miren (look).

  • To greet and take leave with words like hola and adios

  • To introduce ourselves with me llamo… (my name is)

  • And to call people by proper titles like Señor, Señora (Mrs.), Señorita (Ms.)

Soon, we’ll be learning school supplies and to count by tens!

What We're Learning in Second Grade

In Second Grade we’re learning…

  • To express our feelings by saying estoy bien (I am well), estoy así así (okay), mal (bad)

  • To give and follow directions with words like Levanta/Baja la mano (raise/lower your hand) and Saca un lápiz (Take out a pencil).

  • To greet others using Buenos días (Good morning), Buenas tardes (Good afternoon), and Buenas Noches (Good evening).

  • To introduce ourselves and others with me llamo (my name is), Se llama (His name is), ¿Cómo te llamas? (What’s your name) and ¿Cómo se llama? (What’s his/her name)

  • And to call people by proper titles like Señor (Sr.), Señora (Mrs.), Señorita (Ms.)

Soon, we’ll be learning to ask questions about attributes of objects, counting by hundreds to 1,000, and to identify classroom objects by their size, shape, color and number!

What We're Learning in Third Grade

In Third Grade we’re learning…

  • To ask others for personal information using ¿Cómo te llamas? (What’s your name), ¿Cómo se llama? (What’s his name), ¿Cómo estás? (How are you), ¿Cuál es tu teléfono? (What is your phone number), ¿Cuál es tu dirección? (What is your address)

  • To give and follow directions: Levántate (Stand up), siéntate (Sit down), ven aquí (come here), levántense (Stand up - plural), siéntense (Sit down - plural), vengan aquí (Come here - plural), escuchen (Listen - Plural), miren (Look- Plural), Dame… (give me), Toca (touch)

  • To express feelings about well-being: Estoy/Está feliz (I am/He is happy), mal (bad), muy mal (Very bad), muy bien (Very well), más o menos (More or less), regular (Okay)

  • To extend greetings and leave taking: Buenos días (good morning), buenas tardes (good afternoon), buenas noches (goodnight), hasta mañana (see you tomorrow), hasta pronto (see you soon), hasta luego (see you later), adiós (goodbye)

  • To make and respond to introductions: Se llama (His name is), me llamo (my name is)

  • To make requests: ¿Puedo ir a la oficina? (Can I go to the office), ¿Puedo escribir en….? (Can I write on the…), ¿Tienes un/una…? (Do you have a…)

  • To use proper titles with names – Señor-Sr. (Mr.), Señora-Sra. (Mrs.), Señorita-Srta. (Miss)

Soon we will be learning to use oral and written Spanish to identify and describe places and things in the school. In addition, we will participate in a classroom conducted mostly in Spanish with following directions and routines. We will also learn to communicate with classmates by asking and answering questions and giving directions in Spanish.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

If they haven't already, your child will soon be bringing home a letter describing Dia de los Muertos and how we'll be learning about this important tradition in Hispanic culture. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Más Práctica (More Practice!)

At the DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts), there will be painting of sugar skulls on select dates to celebrate Day of the Dead-a Hispanic holiday celebrating loved ones who have passed on. Below, find a link to the dates and times to this FREE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE! Also, admission to the DIA is free for all residents of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties. All you need to bring is a valid Michigan driver's license!

http://www.dia.org/calendar/event.aspx?id=5959&iid=7223

Contacting Señora Venegas

You can email me anytime at:

anvenegas@clarkston.k12.mi.us

If you would prefer to leave a message on my voicemail, please call the school office and ask them to forward you to my classroom voicemail.