"This is a crazy question but I am teaching Spanish to kids on a grant and they are asking us to spend the money that is left over which is a lot of money. I want ideas of great resources that I can us or any ideas of things I should get?”
Vero :Spanish books and movies in Spanish, and any other kind of audivisual material that you can get
Joe: Buy a subscription to ESL Library. It has fantastic images and labels in Spanish. This is one of the few things I'd buy even with my own money.
Sandra: Can you write the link for ESL library?
Joe: Reading A-Z has leveled readers that you download and print. They are excellent. My heritage Spanish-speakers and their families love them too.
Marisol: Check out rockalingua.com
Mary: Grab a teacher's discovery and go to town! Puppets are also a great investment. Lakeshore Learning Store has a great selection with a variety of races, genders and even disabilities. They also have excellent play food that will last forever. Investing in cardstock and laminating can be a great way to save materials for future years. If you do any TPRS, the Hola Niños curriculum is great. Enjoy!
Simone: What age are the kids? Check out the picture book collections from sonrisas spanish school. Also, the teachers discovery website/catalog. If someone will continue to teach, look at the blaine ray tprs curricular materials. If there is technology access in the school, check out Qtalk materials for computer and interactive white board, or they have magnet tile version for low tech/ no tech settings.
Fun for Early and Elementary Spanish Teachers Do you have a Ten Thousand Villages store close to you? They have very nice crafts from all over the world. I have a few things from there in my classroom. http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/wool-baby-vicuna
Janet: I use the Sonrisas curriculum for my K-5 students and they sell four story book sets that are excellent for elementary grade levels
Marlo: Technology! Books! Manipulatives!
Erzsi: Buy dictionaries, a good scheme of work if you haven't got one, laminating pouches, ink for your printer, an ipad....how much money have you got:-)?
PepaMaria: DVDs! they love them! you can get for preschool-1st and 2nd conoce los colores, conoce los numeros, conoce las letras, rosie and andy. For 3rd-6th you can get the "Spanish for kids" collection, volumes 1 and 2 are awesome, you can find them on amazon or carlex online. Another great dvd is from "Calico Spanish" they have great songs and videos for kids. You can also get some storybooks from lakeshore learning, they have great story books to learn the alphabet and some other stories for 1st and 2nd graders. Music helps a lot too, get "Basho and friends" volume 1 and 2, he has some AWESOME music! As mentioned before, puppets are a great investment, I got mines from Amazon, manufactured by "Aurora", those puppets are my best friends! Also, get ipads! Depending on how many students you have, try to get at least 1 per 3 students (not sure how much $$ you can spend, but this would be awesome!). Also, download some of the apps that were mentioned here before (bilingual child, busuu spanish, gus on the go... among others). ALSO, invest on a "treasure box" for kids who do a good job, this has worked like a charm in my class, I let them pick an item from the treasure box once a month if they did a good job during the whole month. You can check orientaltrading.com for some good/inexpensive prizes....
Angela: Get Linguascope..... Great website for languages.... And get de CDs and books of Patti Lozano... Enjoy!
Michelle : Send home bilingual books with text in both languages. Or pairs (for example the same Junie B or Magic Treehouse book in both Spanish and English). Spread the wealth and give kids a way to delight in their language learning at home!
Music With Sara: Rockalingua!
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