Updated: Aug 25, 2020
Most of our Spanish students can´t. In fact I asked them all yesterday myself and not one of them could. Why not? Toilet paper is something that everyone uses, multiple times a day. And if you need some, you are really going to want to know how to say it in a foreign country. This is especially true in Mexico where toilet paper is an issue (tip: bring some in your purse). But that, and so many other useful, everyday words get stuck somewhere along the way in Spanish 2 (if you are lucky). And with no use or repetition, it´s no wonder they go in one ear and out the other.
Yesterday, I got up and was about 5 minutes into my morning routine. Then, I realized that I had already done a lot (language-wise of course). Already, I had woken up, checked my e-mail and social media, gotten out of bed, gone to the bathroom, brushed my teeth, and washed my hands and face. Afterwards, I would go on to prepare and eat breakfast, wash the dishes, and get ready for work. (Luckily, my husband has been on school duty or my list would be much longer.)
INCLUDING ACTIVITIES IN CLASS
But it inspired me to create a checklist for my Spanish students. Too often they think that they need to provide amazing answers in a second language. They don´t talk about the small things. For example, like brushing their teeth or getting dressed. And what happens is that they never learn how to say these really important daily activities. And they end up knowing how to say really useless things like I climb mountains or The cat is in the tree. I am still waiting for the opportunity to say one of these things myself.
FREE SPANISH AM / MORNING CHECKLISTS
AND FOR FEMALES (MAKE-UP IS INCLUDED)
AND FOR MALES (SHAVING IS INCLUDED)
PRINT, OR COPY, AND START SPEAKING!
Now, use these checklists around your house to include Spanish into your day. They are presented in the preterite (simple past) tense. Don´t be afraid of the verbs – jump right into them! It will help you and your children or students begin to recognize the word roots later on.
Finally, it goes without saying – the second I get a chance – I will have many more! Moms and Dads are coming up. And we haven´t even left the house yet!