Señora Gose's Homeschool Spanish Blog (aka "Seriously, Suzanne")

Silly in Spanish Category 4 (Using Food!)

Silly in Spanish Category 4 (Using Food!)

We've used FOOD in SO many ways throughout our homeschooling journey spanning more than two decades!Often we make food dishes to show and experience culture, many times to substitute for a fidget device, and regularly just to get something into one of our more talkative kids' mouths so they can LISTEN to the read-aloud! Well, here we are again! How can we create a FUN memory around Spanish learning? Incorporate food! You have a fridge and a pantry and it likely has food in it. Take out six items or so, learn them in Spanish (getting a cheat sheet for...

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Silly in Spanish Category Three (Clothing)

Silly in Spanish Category Three (Clothing)

Method #3 to increase silliness (and thus help your Spanish lesson to be more effective) - this week's prop is CLOTHING!Rather than just naming the items of clothing as you fold them, put them on, or put them away.... Put them on in a SILLY way! Start with, "Yo tengo" (I have) and then add the item of clothing, and then put it on your head (en la cabeza!) Your child will likely need NO encouragement at all, grab the next clothing item, and call it out in Spanish and add it to your head or his own! The memory...

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Silly in Spanish Category Two (Drawing out of Context)

Silly in Spanish Category Two (Drawing out of Context)

Method #2 to increase silliness - Out of context DRAWING! Adding ANY sort of action to your learning environment increases absorption. Drawing, doodling, coloring, or scribbling gives the hand eye coordination a workout while helping any student with performance anxiety a new focus - looking down at their hands rather than at someone's face, where they may typically look for approval. When you, the parent, leader, and instructor, join in the drawing activity, the relaxation and enjoyment grows exponentially.  You're showing vulnerability, creativity, and dedication to the event. You're MODELING learning in various ways. The truth is, whatever YOU value,...

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Silly in Spanish Category One (Using Opposites)

Silly in Spanish Category One (Using Opposites)

Did you know....Once we remove unnecessary boundaries during learning, the absorption increases. Memories become deeper and more poignant, relational intelligence increases, and endorphins are released. The children will sleep better tonight, and be MORE eager to learn the next time, looking for that incredible adrenaline rush when they get to see what zany idea their parent is going to bring to their educational journey today... What a JOY - Spanish is SUPER SILLY and FUN ... and then, maybe OTHER lessons become more fun too! It's true - typically, the average human can learn something (add it to longterm memory) after...

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Do NOT go to a Homeschool Convention This Year

Do NOT go to a Homeschool Convention This Year

Homeschool Conventions are the last place on earth for a nice family like yours this summer. Listen to me, and stay far far away. LISTEN to this blog on my Podcast channel here.You and your children already understand that learning is a JOB, and there's only ONE location to do it. If you go a homeschool convention, you'll for sure be exposed to alternate ways and locations to not only learn, but even alternate subjects to study! There's a HUGE possibility that your children may wander around the exhibit hall full of learning and teaching resources and get really excited about...

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