This year, I am teaching to a very fun group of Kindergarten and first Grade kids. One of the first lessons they learn is to introduce themselves!
The kids learn that names do not have a translation, they have an equivalent. So I give each one of them the equivalent for their name. It is a great idea to have sticky tags available, so they can see it, read it, and show it off.
The goal for the class is to know that their name in Spanish may be different, and to learn to introduce themselves with this expression: “Hola, me llamo (their name) . ¿Cómo te llamas?”
If I just make them repeat after me, they do it. But, probably by the time they get home, most of them would have forgotten the lesson. So we use rhythm!
Lets get the rhythm going!!
When all of them are following the rhythm I start saying with the rhythm while looking at them,
Me lla-mo Ce-cy,
me lla-mo Cris-tian,
me lla-mo A-na
…….. until I complete all the class names en Español and look at each one of them as I go.
I ask them to do join me, taking turns. As a leader I mark the rhythm and start. They follow.
Then, I add to the rhythm this lyric. “Me lla-mo Cecy, ¿Cómo te lla-mas?” (looking to the next person in line).
I do it for the first three classes, as a routine, and believe me by the 3rd class they know it by heart and they look forward to it.
Prior to the class, at home, I wrote each one of their names in a puzzle paper and let them decorate it. Here is a sample, they loved it!
Do you follow a rhythm to learn new concepts and words? Kids love it and teachers too!