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Good afternoon Colleagues,

I've been asked to summarize my summer teaching experiences.I just finished teaching 12 hours of German and 12 hours of Spanish to 20 students, grades 4-6 in the Minot school system.
I used Alphabet and Word booklets from Enchanted Learning to build vocabulary in both languages.

You must be a member to download the booklets. I think I paid a one-time fee of $15 when I joined 3 years ago.

We made masks to celebrate a holiday which the two cultures have in common; Carneval.  We played Hopscotch, a game that is played by children in the Americas and Europe.  For the last day of summer school, we invited the parents to a Fest/fiesta.  After a parade with masks, we sang "Buenos dias" in a 4-part round, and Uwe Kind's "Ich bin cool". We danced a salsa line dance to Juanes' "Mi camisa negra". We also performed "Kopf, Schulter, Knie und Zeh'".  One of the parents made "Day of the Dead" bread and Mexican wedding cookies. We ate Ritter Sport chocolate, salsa and chips and drank Capri-Suns.

The students received a 3-prong folder with pockets to keep handouts and booklets. They decorated the front covers with greetings in both languages. I took a polaroid picture of each student to place on the booklets.

The students enjoyed the program.  Several asked if I'd be teaching it next year.

Julie Rohlk
Glenburn, ND