Welcome and “gracias” for visiting my page! In this edition, I’d like to really focus on engagement. One of the single most effective signs of early success in a FLES classroom is participation. One thirty minute Spanish lesson contains many opportunities for your child to interact with the Spanish language and work toward becoming a speaker of the target language. Just about every class begins and ends with a song.  Ask your child to share the songs at home or ask them to teach the songs to you.


On the “Música” page of my website I also post popular songs sung in class so kids can share or practice at home. Students are reminded often that when they began speaking their first language they didn’t speak it perfectly and I don’t expect perfection either. I do, however, encourage them to always participate and try their best.  Lastly, to share an observation made after many years of teaching: the most engaged students are often the most well behaved and successful in their attempt to speak Spanish.



¡Buenos días, Buenos días!  (OR ¡Buenas tardes! for the afternoon)

¿Cómo estás? ¿Cómo estás?

Muy bien, gracias. Muy bien, gracias.

¿Y usted? ¿Y usted?



Adiós. Ya me voy.

Ya me voy. Ya me voy.

Adiós. Ya me voy.

¡Adiós, amigos!



Mrs. Patti Smaldone

Elementary Spanish Teacher

Regional School District #10

Lake Garda School: (860) 673-2511 extension 12136

Harwinton Consolidated School: (860) 485-9020 extension 12136