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Sombrero Time Vocabulary Review -Seasonal Weather, Fall and Winter

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calendarTuesday, 07 January

Today’s review focuses on the seasons of Fall and Winter and their corresponding weather patterns.  Learn to express how an activity is “fun” or “boring” during these seasons.  In this video we review the vocabulary and use in sentences to practice conversational skills. Please note, Sombrero Time vocabulary videos are intended as a supplement to the Sombrero Time curriculum.

 


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Sombrero Time Vocabulary Review – Seasonal Weather, Spring and Summer

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calendarTuesday, 07 January

Today’s review focuses on the seasons of Spring and Summer and their corresponding weather patterns.  Learn to express how an activity is “fun” or “boring” during these seasons.  In this video we review the vocabulary and use in sentences to practice conversational skills. Please note, Sombrero Time vocabulary videos are intended as a supplement to the Sombrero Time curriculum.

 


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Sombrero Time Vocabulary Review – Transportation

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calendarTuesday, 10 December

Today’s review focuses on types of transportation and how to get around in the community. Learn to express where you are going and how you are going to get there using the verbs “manejar” (to drive) and “ir” (to go). In this video we review the vocabulary and use in sentences to practice conversational skills. Please note, Sombrero Time vocabulary videos are intended as a supplement to the Sombrero Time curriculum.


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Sombrero Time Vocabulary Review – Animals

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calendarWednesday, 04 December

Today’s review focuses animals.  Learn how to describe certain animals and the sounds they make. In this video we review the vocabulary and use in sentences to practice conversational skills. Please note, Sombrero Time vocabulary videos are intended as a supplement to the Sombrero Time curriculum.

 


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Sombrero Time Vocabulary Review: People in the Community

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calendarTuesday, 12 November

Today’s review focuses on people in our community. Learn what about different types of people you find in your neighborhood and what they do. In this video we review the vocabulary and use in sentences to practice conversational skills. Please note, Sombrero Time vocabulary videos are intended as a supplement to the Sombrero Time curriculum (Unit 3/Week 3).


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Sombrero Time Vocabulary Review: Places in the Community

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calendarTuesday, 12 November

Today’s review focuses on places in our community. Learn what about different types of places you find in your neighborhood.  In this video we review the vocabulary and use in sentences to practice conversational skills.  Please note, Sombrero Time vocabulary videos are intended as a supplement to the Sombrero Time curriculum (Unit 3/Week 2).

 


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Sombrero Time Vocabulary Review: Clothing

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calendarTuesday, 08 October

Today’s review focuses on clothes we wear. Learn how to describe what you are wearing, ask what other people are wearing, what you like or dislike about your clothes you or someone else are wearing.  In this video we review the vocabulary and use in sentences to practice conversational skills.  Please note, Sombrero Time vocabulary videos are intended as a supplement to the Sombrero Time curriculum (Unit 2/Week 3).

 


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Sombrero Time Vocabulary Review: Parts of the Face

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calendarTuesday, 08 October

Today’s review focuses on parts of the face.  In this video we review the vocabulary and use in sentences to practice conversational skills.  Please note, Sombrero Time vocabulary videos are intended as a supplement to the Sombrero Time curriculum (Unit 2, Week 1).

 


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Spanish Immersion Summer Camp Re-Cap

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calendarThursday, 09 August

60 KIDS ATTEND SPANISH IMMERSION SUMMER CAMPS! – This summer we hosted over 60 students at our Spanish Immersion Camps at the Granite Bay Education Facility. Kids had a ton of fun, making tortillas, learning songs, crafting marachas for an Aztec traditional dance, planting seeds, and competing in Olympic games all en español. We offer Summer Spanish Camps to give kids an opportunity to have fun while practicing their Spanish. Language learning is similar to physical training.  If you don’t use it, you lose it!  So -vamos a practicar, practicar, practicar… but have fun in the process. Click the photo below to see some photos of the fun kids had this summer:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOMBRERO TIME KIDS TEACH READING AND WRITING IN SPANISH! –  Yes, you read that right! About 15 of our more advanced students became student teachers this summer to help with a literacy project we conducted with the Rocklin Unified School District (RUSD). These kids learned how to teach basic literacy skills in Spanish at breakout sessions during our summer camp. Then they had the unique opportunity to teach K-1 aged native Spanish speakers how to read and write in their own language! These students were attending a RUSD English Language Learner summer school. We grouped Sombrero Time students with 2-3 native speakers to teach for 30 minute sessions on specific reading and writing activities. Everyone benefited from the experience! Sombrero Time students built confidence in their speaking skills and their buddies started learning to read and write in their own native language (something they are no longer taught in school). They also gained a new appreciation for how challenging it can be to teach!  Ruth posted a great video as the literacy project ended reviewing some of the highlights.  Click the link below:

 


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ARE YOU SMARTER IF YOU SPEAK MORE THAN ONE LANGUAGE?

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calendarTuesday, 17 April

Are you smarter if you speak more than one language?  Great question!  There is a ton of research in support of the cognitive benefits that learning multiple languages has on the brain. However, exciting new research is now showing evidence of increased problem solving, enhanced mental focus and better memory retention in Bilingual individuals.  Below is an excerpt from a great article published in the NY Times on “Why Bilinguals Are Smarter”.

“SPEAKING two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.

This view of bilingualism is remarkably different from the understanding of bilingualism through much of the 20th century. Researchers, educators and policy makers long considered a second language to be an interference, cognitively speaking, that hindered a child’s academic and intellectual development.”

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