Archive

Archive for June, 2010

Spain’s Ministry of Education Awards Certificate of Excellence

Certificate-of-Excellence Congratulations to all of the Grade 4 students in the CBE’s Spanish Bilingual Program!

For their dedication and completion of the first four years in the International Spanish Academy’s program the students were rewarded with a Certificate of Excellence from the Embassy of Spain in Canada and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

Animals in Spanish

Animal vocabulary has been added to the Grade 4 Spanish for Kids section.  The vocabulary is separated into various sections according to animal group.

Mammals in Spanish

Mammals in Spanish

We’ve put together a pretty comprehensive list of mammals in Spanish from Baboons to Zebras.

 

 

Reptiles and Amphibians in Spanish

Reptiles and Amphibians in Spanish

Turtles, crocodiles, frogs and more.  Find reptiles and amphibians in Spanish.

 

 

Fish in Spanish

Fish in Spanish

On our Fish in Spanish page we’ve included all types of sea creatures including crustaceans and molluscs. From anchovies to tuna you’ll find a great selection of fish in Spanish which will come in handy at the aquarium or the restaurant.

 

Insects in Spanish

Insects in Spanish

Learn the names of some of the creepy crawlies that exist around us. Insects in Spanish features 21 different insects with their Spanish names.

 

Birds in Spanish

colibri_birds

From albatross to woodpecker you’ll find some beautiful birds represented here in our birds in Spanish list.

 

 

Monsters in Spanish

funny_angry_monster

If you thought we were only going to give you real animals in Spanish you were mistaken. A scary list of monsters and creatures of fantasy is also included for fun. Monsters in Spanish has the Spanish translation for ghosts, zombies, vampires and more scary creatures.

Crossword Puzzles and Word Searches

Each of our animals in Spanish sections also includes a crossword puzzle and word search puzzle for your enjoyment and to reinforce the vocabulary.

International Spanish Academy in Edmonton

The Edmonton public school system has a number of Spanish programs for kids. If your living in the Edmonton area and curious about the program you can read about their programs here.

The International Spanish Academy

This is a bilingual program offering 50% of the instruction in Spanish and 50% in English.  Currently they offer the program in three different schools. Instruction begins in Kindergarten and continues through grade 12. Normally children can only enter the program in Kindergarten or Grade 1.

Escuela Mill Creek Campus (Elementary)

Mckernan School (Junior High)

Sweet Grass School (Elementary)

Spanish Language and Culture

Further options are available for older students.  They have a 3, 6 and 9 year Spanish language and culture program which start in grade 10, 7 and 4 respectively.  For schools in the Edmonton area offering this program please visit their website.

Our Spanish Bilingual Schools page tries to keep an up-to-date list of schools in Alberta.

No tengo pelos en la lengua

We love this Spanish expression so much that we’ve made it our Featured Spanish Saying for the week.

The literal translation is of course “I don’t have hair on my tongue”.  The meaning though is entirely different.  It means I am not afraid to speak my mind, or say what is on my mind.

It is fun Spanish expression to use and kids love it because of its literal translation.

expressions-coverth-80px Learn some more Spanish expressions by visiting SpanishTown.ca.  If you’re interested in a larger list of Spanish expressions than check out our 10 page PDF Spanish Expressions download.

Spanish Crossword Puzzle – Reptiles

June 11, 2010 2 comments

reptiles-amphibians-crossword-200 If you haven’t already downloaded this free Spanish crossword puzzle for kids then go ahead and try it out. 

The crossword puzzle clues are the English name for the reptile or amphibian. The answer is the name in Spanish for that animal. Open up that Spanish-English dictionary if you need some help or if you’re really stuck, take a peek at the answer key on page 2. 😉

The crossword has 11 different reptiles and animals, a perfect size the kids.

Download Reptiles and Amphibians in Spanish. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or better to open it.

Take a look at more free Spanish crossword puzzles for kids.

World Cup Vocabulary in Spanish

With the opening game in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa starting tomorrow we thought it would be great for kids to learn a little Spanish vocabulary for the game of soccer and the World Cup.

Learn soccer vocabulary in Spanish

Learn some Spanish vocabulary for the World Cup

By now you have surely heard the official theme song for the 2010 World Cup.  More than likely you have heard the English only version.  Why not let the kids listen to the English/Spanish version featuring K’naan and David Bisbal.

Listen to the theme song in Spanish

Do you have a favourite team for the 2010 World Cup? There are seven countries from Spanish speaking countries participating.  Why not cheer on one them?

The FIFA website has some more information on each team.

  1. Argentina
  2. Chile
  3. Honduras
  4. Mexico
  5. Paraguay
  6. Spain
  7. Uruguay

Why Learn Spanish?

Learning Spanish provides children with so many benefits that the title of the post should really read “Why Wouldn’t You Learn Spanish?”.

Interesting Facts

  • Spanish is the second most spoken language (native language) on the planet? Between 329 and 358 million people speak Spanish.
  • Mexico has the largest population of Spanish speakers
  • Spanish is an official language of the United Nations
  • The USA has more Spanish speakers than Spain.
  • Canada has over 900,000 Spanish speakers.
  • The majority of Spanish speakers reside in Latin America.
  • Spanish is an official language in 20 different countries.

    Benefits of Learning Spanish (for Kids)

  • Fluently bilingual students score higher in verbal and non-verbal intelligence.
  • Students studying a second language are superior in memory ability.
  • Score higher in reading, language and math.
  • Second language education strengthens first language skills.
  • Students gain superior cross-cultural skills.
  • Students display greater cultural sensitivity.
  • More choices for higher education and job opportunities

Learn Spanish

Andres Sanchez at William Aberhart International Spanish Academy Spanish bilingual education programs are growing in popularity in both the USA and Canada. Calgary’s Board of Education is home to one of the most successful Spanish bilingual programs in Canada.  From its humble start in 2001 with 150 students it has grown the enrolment to 1800 students in 2009.  As of 2009 they are home to Canada’s first high school level International Spanish Academy at William Aberhart High School. Visit their website for more information on their Spanish Bilingual Program.

Online Spanish resources are also widely available to student learning Spanish and many are free such as SpanishTown.ca which focuses on Spanish for Kids.

Employment Opportunities

Take a look at some of the current job opportunities available to those with Spanish language skills at Spanish Jobs in Canada or in USA.

Sources and further information:
Spanish for Kids
Alberta Education
Wikipedia
Calgary Board of Education