This year in the Spanish classroom we have expanded the use of the communication platform called Skype (www.skype.com) to communicate with Spanish speakers around the world.
One occasion the Grade 10 students interviewed students at Williams College, a private school in Cuernavaca, Mexico. After giving the students a few minutes to get used to being able to see each other live on video, the students discussed such diverse topics as introductions, school culture, and pastime activities. Anna and Rachel, two YHS students on a 1-month reciprocal exchange at Williams College, also used Skype to share their experiences with the classroom.
Our second major event was the Grade 11 students interviewing a teacher in Blanes, Spain. This provided a great opportunity for the students to use their Spanish skills to talk about the customs and culture of this region of Spain in an authentic language situation.
Students in JK and SK celebrated the Lunar New Year, on February 3rd, with special activities. Parents helped the girls with crafts such as, paper lanterns and dragon puppets, and helped the SK girls cook chow mein and wontons.
The JK and SK girls from the little school have been paired with reading buddies from the junior school. The JK classes are paired with Grade 5 and the SK classes with Grade 3. The JK and SK girls read to their big buddies and also do crafts and other activities together. This week SKY travelled to the junior school to meet their buddies in 3Y for the first time. This partnership helps the girls develop their reading skills, while also providing a peer mentor.
Recently, the JK and SK classes at the little school received an ipad and an ipod touch. The students are using this technology to practice literacy, printing, math, and critical thinking skills. The girls have enjoyed having them in the classroom, and have even taught their teachers a few things!