Back to School

Yay! It’s my favorite time of year. Nothing better than new notebooks, a fresh pack of markers, some new shiny tabs! I miss back-to-school shopping. There was always something so promising heading off to your first day of school, your backpack full of new binders, neatly organized.

Get back into the groove with some Spanish or Study Skills lessons to stay on top of your classes this year!

Happy Back-to-School time!

Advertisements

la nieve

Here in the South we have witnessed the effects for Winter Storm Pax and I’ll say this, it’s not too bad.  We have a lot of snow and I even ventured out in it today for a little while.  For me, that’s a big feat, I hate being cold.  And I’ll tell you one thing, my cats certainly don’t like it at all!  In honor of our weather I thought I’d share some winter vocabulary.

la nieve- snow
el frío- cold
el hielo- ice
blanco- white
el copo de nieve- snowflake
el invierno- winter
la tormenta- storm

Photo

Photo

happiness is….

For me, I’ve realized that happiness is helping others. I truly love what I do: tutoring. And it’s what makes me the most happy, no matter what is going on in my life. If someone would have told me (almost) 3 years ago now, that I would start a business where I’d be teaching everyday, I don’t think I would have believed it. But now, I can’t imagine doing anything else. And I’m so thankful to be able to use my gifts and talents in a way to help others learn and grow.

idk d.o. i.o.

If I asked, “What is an indirect (or direct) object pronoun?”  Does that sound like foreign language itself?

You‘re not alone, but I’m here to help!

If I have the example:

She gives me the gift.

She= subject

Gives= verb

Me= indirect object (the person receiving the action)

The gift= the direct object (the thing we‘re talking about)

In Spanish our indirect object pronouns are:

Me

Te

Le/Se

Nos

Os

Les/se

Our direct object pronouns are:

Lo/la

Los/las

Order:

Subject, indirect object pronoun, direct object pronoun, conjugated verb

la playa

I just got back from a friend’s wedding in Myrtle Beach this weekend.  It was a very nice wedding and it was wonderful to spend sometime at the beach in the winter!  Now of course, it wasn’t tank top and bathing suit weather, but it was about 65 degrees and a little cloudy.  Great weather for a run on the beach!!

So I thought, why not, let me share something Thanksgiving/Beach vocabulary with you this week!

 

la playa- beach

la arena- sand

la costa- coast

el océano- ocean

las olas- waves

las hojas- leaves

el otoño- autumn

el día de (la acción de) gracias- Thanksgiving

el pavo- turkey

la cena- dinner

la familia- family

la comida- food

gracias- thanks

 

Image

Una tienda de recursos

S.T.A.T. Project now has an online store!  Yay!  We’re in the process of adding some tutoring resources, easy-to-follow notes that describe verb tenses, and some fun little goodies to make studying just a little more enjoyable!

We’re so excited and can’t wait to share more with you! Visit our Facebook page for more info!

What’s your favorite study aid?  A favorite pen/pencil? Good lamp? Special notebook?

I know I can’t live without my planner!!! If I don’t physically write something down, I’m bound to forget it (I probably shouldn’t admit that, but it’s true!).

It’s planner mayhem!!

Image

 

Talk to me!

Okay, so we all know that the internet has made things better and worse as far as communication.  Through social media we can now keep in touch with anyone and everyone we choose.  I can see what my cousins are up to up north, my sister out west, and even friends of mine who are now living in foreign countries.  How cool is that??  I mean, really.  As long as there in a internet connection, we can all stay connected.

There are pros and cons of course.  Something I miss most, hand-written letters from my cousins that I actually got in the (snail) mail.  They were so much fun!  Each note was scrawled on flashy Lisa Frank stationery  with stickers and glitter pens, it was so awesome!  And even now we try to send at least one item in the mail each year.  This year I received a note with some photos and I sent a birthday card and baby blanket.

But, all in all the internet lets us communicate constantly and effectively.  Today I found this interesting (at least to me) article entitled, “The Effectiveness of Online Situated Environments for Language Learning.”  And the findings were pretty amazing.  The article discusses the effectiveness of learning Chinese (yes, CHINESE!!!) in an online environment.  Overall, the experience was effective.  Students found that doing activities online actually motivated them to study.

So, my big question is, “What do you think?” 

From personal experience I’ve learned that children (especially those with ADD and ADHD) really love and benefit interacting through the internet.  They get to push buttons, play games, and see your face!  I have also tutored a good number of adults through the internet and they have been pleased with the results. 

Do you think it would work for you?