Spanish / Mr. Finan
Hello Parents and Students,
Congratulations! (Or as we say in Spanish, "Felicitaciones.") We have made it through the month of September. We continue to move forward with positivity and faith. Two wonderful attributes!!
I believe that Spanish has gotten off to a very good start. It was so heartwarming to hear from one of my 1st grade students that I am "her all time favorite Spanish teacher!" I later learned that I'm the only Spanish teacher whom she's ever had, so I'm the "all time favorite" by default--but I'll accept that. The Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students are building up their vocabulary each week. They can count to ten in Spanish. They know their greetings and farewells, and now they are learning the Colors in Spanish. These grade levels have lots of enthusiasm about learning. Their questions...and their insights...inspire me each time that I meet with them.
The 4th and 5th grade students have also been learning much new vocabulary. We are working on words and phrases right now. But soon we will be building on that in order to converse and write a little bit more. These students have a willingness to learn, and yet we can have fun at the same time. (The students are teaching me some new dance steps!). I'm really enjoying these grades.
And my 6th, 7th, and 8th graders...an amazing group of students. I've never before experienced the joy of working with middle school age students who are so cooperative, well-behaved, and eager to learn. Parents, I know I'm repeating myself--but I must say it again: you should be so incredibly proud of children. They take their schoolwork seriously and are extremely respectful. What a wonderful experience to work with them. We've been doing vocabulary up until now, but starting next week, Thursday, October 8, we will be incorporating some grammar into the mix. I want to work on the "four skills of language": Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking. High school level classes focus on the four skills. I wish to prepare them for their high school experience in foreign language studies.
Be well, and be safe!
Edward Finan, Teacher of Spanish