Yesterday I introduced the new year of early childhood education posts kicking off with a preparing for school, today and on a Thursday from now on I will be sharing activities and ideas to support learning for 2nd grade or year 2 in the UK system. With a similar approach to how our playful preschool posts ran last year we are joining together to co-host the 2nd grade series bringing weekly themed posts for you to use either to support learning done at school or with homeschooling.

Introducing Spanish - a simple game to get children using "Como se llama" and "Me llamo"

J is entering year 2 in the UK (2nd grade equivalent) and we will be supporting his learning at home with hands-on activities across the different subjects fitting in with the themes reinforcing knowledge already gained in school and extending in some areas. Today we kick of the series with Back to School and as one of my goals this year is to work on learning Spanish with J this year it is a perfect topic to introduce our first little Spanish.

Learning Objectives

Our Learning objectives are coming direct from the UK government objectives for Key Stage 1 children (year 1 and 2 – 1st and 2nd grade).

In an international language (we have chosen Spanish as I am fluent)

  • Answer and ask a question
  • Answer with a single word or short phrase
  • Read and understand a short phrase

Materials Needed

Piece of paper
Pen
Toys of named characters

Preparation

Divide a piece of paper in half and split. Then fold each half to create a folded sign. On one write ¿Como se llama? on the other write Me llamo

Introducing Spanish - a simple game to get children using "Como se llama" and "Me llamo"

Me llamo game

Sit down together and read out the words on the two cars – se is pronounced “say” and the ll makes a y sound so yama and yamo.

Explain what the two phrases mean – ¿Como se llama?  – What is your name?  Me llamo – My name is

Hand over a set of toys – we used Star Wars Figures and Disney Figures that we could easily recognise and tell their names.

Introducing Spanish - a simple game to get children using "Como se llama" and "Me llamo"

I then asked ¿Como se llama? and J replied Me llamo Buzz Lightyear. We repeated this with the characters and then swapped him asking me and I replying.

Introducing Spanish - a simple game to get children using "Como se llama" and "Me llamo"

More Back to School Activities for 2nd Grade

As I mentioned we will be sharing weekly themed posts for 2nd grade on a Thursday, this weeks theme is Back to School – check out the other fantastic ideas below

Melting Crayons Science Experiment from Creative Family Fun

Free Addition Facts Game from Life Over C’s

Number Ordering Activity 0-999 from Sallie Borrink Learning

Interest Based Learning Project from Still Playing School

FREE Back to School Noun Practice from Look! We’re Learning!

What I Love About School Art Project from Planet Smarty Pants

All About Me Flag Project from School Time Snippets

{Free!} Getting to Know You Back to School Game from Preschool Powol Packets

FREE All About Me Worksheets (Lego-style) from 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Me Llamo – Simple Spanish Game YOU ARE HERE

Setting up a homework station from Crafty kids at home

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

5 Comments

  1. I *LOVE* how you made this into a game! Learning Spanish is one of my goals for this year too, and I’ve learned in the past that my kids need lots of games and silliness to make it work! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. I love this! As a fluent Spanish speaker who is always looking for fun ways to get my kids to speak Spanish I LOVE this idea! We are doing this at our house!

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