So, you’ve finally decided to get started with Spanish. But….but….WAIT!! it’s summer! Who wants to be bogged down with boring memorization and grammar? I certainly wouldn’t. Is it even possible to combine summer fun with learning Spanish?
Relax, it’s easier than you think to get started with Spanish and have fun while you’re at it!
Whether it’s your first time introducing Spanish or your tenth, take it slow. Your goal shouldn’t be to memorize and regurgitate as much as possible. First of all, that would be boring. Secondly, you’d be racing towards something unattainable when done too quickly! AND, you’d lose interest
Here are some suggestions that might turn the tedious into smiles and requests like “Can we do Spanish again today?”
Suggestions for Fun Summer Learning Activities!
Hello and Who Am I?
- Have everyone pick someone or a profession they think others can guess (nurse, teacher, policeman, construction worker, Mom, Dad, athlete, etc.). Then practice greetings being that person.
- Have the first volunteer knock on the door. When he/she enters, have him/her greet everyone, ask him/her his name, and have him/her take his/her leave. Did they act out the part well? Did you guess who he/she was imitating? What time of day was it? (afternoon? evening? morning?)
- You could even try to dress as that person too. For example, someone could pretend to be a firefighter and be impatient and rush through the greetings, looking for a fire, maybe pretending to put it out as he/she played at greeting everyone. Perhaps someone could pretend to be a school teacher and bring a chalkboard and write what is being said on it during the greetings. How would a king greet people? A princess? A soldier? Athlete?
They might not even realize that Spanish is the topic at hand when they start to have fun with it.
And don’t let teens fool you. They can enjoy this too!
More Summer fun Ideas!
- Collect twigs, pebbles or whatever you choose, as long as you find it in nature. Then arrange the items in words and conversations using the vocabulary you’ve just learned. Who can be most original? The quickest? The neatest? The most careful?
- Your kids could place twig words around the yard. Can you find them? When you do, act out the conversation on the spot with someone. Or ‘you’ hide them around the yard and have ‘them’ find the words. Then act out the conversation that relates to that word.
- My favorite activity was to make a board game. Granted, some times when my kids were small, it would be hard to figure out how to move across the board because of their clumsy, ahem, imaginative, drawing, but that didn’t stop them from having a grand time. I would just fake it and move my pieces according to their directions! You’ll be working with Spanish as you create and play!
There are many types of board games. You can even use a board from one of your own games. Of course, you’ll need to transform the game and the rules to fit the Spanish you are learning.
- Create translation squares with cards in English or Spanish that you will have to translate when you land on that square. Or, have it be an acting-out board game.
- If you are ready, introduce one or two basic emotions such as: happy, sad, angry, tired. These words fit well with greetings. (Hi, How are you? I’m happy!, etc.) You could draw cards with faces showing certain emotions. When you get to the draw card pile, you’ll have to guess which emotion it is in Spanish. Alternatively, write the emotion in Spanish on the card, and when you pick that card, read it aloud, and act out the emotion.
If you use our curriculum, see Unit One B of REAL Homeschool Spanish for Ideas for fun activities and emotions.
- Use chalk and draw on the sidewalk or driveway and hop to the different vocabulary words. If your rock lands on “Buenos días”, you have to say the correct answer if this was someone greeting you. Answer would be “Buenos días” or “Hola”
- Alternatively, make a hopscotch board with numbers in the squares. This time, make a few piles of cards with numbers on one side and the vocabulary words in your unit on another side. Each player rolls a dice two or three times. What numbers were thrown? (in Spanish!). Read out the words. Can the player say them, translate them, and then find a way to get through the hopscotch board by only jumping on those numbers?
I hope you’ll find that getting up and moving around is one of the luxuries we have as homeschool learners. Mix learning into your everyday life and have fun this summer!
Learn more about fun ways to use Spanish throughout the day with REAL Homeschool Spanish.
Want more ideas for fun summer activities in Spanish? Go to Spanish Playground and type in “Summer” in the search bar. Tons of activities!
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