James Foster Elementary Blog for Parents

Dear Parents,

Welcome to your trimester Reports!

Here you will learn about all that we have covered with your wonderful children during this trimester.

James Foster Final Report - SPANISH -

April 9, 2019

Today is the first day of class!  We started the class by learning about the “Family Tree.” This was a worksheet that allowed students to recognize how to properly describe who their family members are. Students had to look at an image that would be labeled; for example, there would be a picture of a grandmother and using their word and they would have to label it “la abuela.” The students were able to finish this early so we moved onto a worksheet called “Head and shoulders” where the students would label a human body in Spanish starting with the head and moving all the way down to their toes! It was a fun class and the students did a great job!

April 16, 2019

Today the second day of class. We started the class with a “Greetings” worksheet where the students would translate Spanish greetings into English. It was a fun worksheet and the students seemed to enjoy it! We ended the class with a fun worksheet where I would show the students a picture of a household item and using their word bank, they would try to figure out how to describe this item in Spanish.

April 23, 2019

Today was the third class of our 8 session. We started the class with a “Rainbow Colors” worksheet where the students were given a rainbow with the colors labeled in Spanish. They had to color them as they were labeled. This first worksheet was a way for the students to get familiar with the spelling, pronunciation, and an overall colorful “cheat sheet” to help them with their next assignment. The next assignment was titled “Pencil and Paper.” This is where the students’ cheat sheet came in handy. For example sentence one was “El libro Es rojo” meaning the book is red. This was a way to help the students describe the colors of items in a room.

April 30, 2019

Today we worked on a worksheet called “Open and Close” where the students had to copy the Spanish word for the images shown. Right below the images they would write the Spanish meaning and the English meaning. The next sheet that we had was a crossword puzzle called “Words to Describe.” It was a way to test the students to see what they know and they all did a great job in finding the words on their own.

May 7, 2019

Today we worked on a worksheet called “Animal match.” This was a very fun worksheet to teach the students the proper names of animals in Spanish. It started off by having the students copy the name of the animal in Spanish. For example the first picture was a bear. They then had to label it “Oso” meaning bear in Spanish. On the bottom of the of the worksheet the students played a game where you had to match each English meaning with the Spanish meaning.

May 14, 2019

Today we worked on a couple of worksheets that had to do with clothing. The first sheet students had to say each word out loud to learn how to properly describe the clothing they are wearing. The next worksheet was labeled “clothes closet” and on this sheet the students were provided with a word bank and they had to match the Spanish word for each item of clothing pictures. We turned it into a game to see which students could get the most points. Esteban was the winner today! Great job!

May 21, 2019

In today’s class we did a worksheet on objects around the room, where students had to describe items such as a desk, pencil, eraser, etc. in Spanish. We then turned it into a game where we split the class into two teams. The team with the most points wins! Students learned how to name objects in the classroom while also having fun and working with other classmates.

June 4, 2019

Today is the last day of class and to finish off we did a review of everything that was previously learned. If the students kept all the worksheets given to them from the beginning of class, they should have a small book that they can stable and keep it as their personal “Spanish book.” In today’s class we took a quick review of each worksheet in our Spanish book. Students were asked questions and out into practice situations that they would use Spanish and how they would need to respond. It was a great last day of class and the students did a great Job!



FINAL REPORT (GUITAR - FALL 2019) - Hello everyone! My name is Ramsey  and I have been the students’ guitar teacher for the past couple of weeks. First I wanted to thank you all for signing your kids up for this program. Everyone had a great time getting exposed to their music side and learning how to play the guitar. Everyone’s behavior was excellent the whole 8 weeks, which made it so much easier for me to teach them. When they were engaged, it allowed for me to work with them more diligently.  Each week I taught them new notes that they could incorporate into the songs that they learned. Every week in the beginning or at the end of class, I had each student play a song in front of the whole class. They all did really well and the nerves did not get the best of them. I had a great time this trimester and I really hope they continue to pursue the guitar or other musical instruments. They have learned a lot, and I hope that they continue to be engaged with music so they can spread joy with their talents wherever they end up in life. Thank you!=

FINAL REPORT (PIANO - FALL 2019) - It was a pleasure having your children in our piano/keyboard program.  I am very proud of all the students, everyone showed great potential and did their best in learning the materials.  During this course we covered Technique (C major, G major, G minor, D major, D minor, and C minor scales. At every class we studied a different song and the students also reviewed previously taught materials.  At the end of every class every student had the chance to play in front of their classmates.  We also covered basic Music Theory.  We hope to see your children progress with their piano training.  Contact us if you are interested in taking their training to the next levels by studying privately.


Final Report (SPANISH)

January 15, 2019

Today is the first day of class! For the first lesson we learned how to make small introductions as well as a quick tip on how to count to 100. It was a great first day the students seemed very eager to learn!

January 22, 2019

Today the second day of class. Students were given a worksheet and taught how to spell numbers 1-10 then 11-20. Once the students felt comfortable, we played a game where a number would be said in Spanish and the students would figure out what number it was in English. It was a great lesson! Every student works at their own pace so we try to help each student as much as possible. The students who finished early would go around and help the instructor by helping other students who needed it.

January 29, 2019

Today’s lesson was a little bit harder but the students seemed to have fun. We learned polite words and Greetings! Students were given a word bank with common greetings in English. Below the word box they had sentences in Spanish that matched the English word box. The students took turns trying to translate each greeting. At the end of the class we went over the months of the year which we will continue to go over next week.

February 5, 2019

In today’s lesson, we worked on a worksheet called “Open and Close” which invoked different types of words that are used around the class. Each worksheet included a word box at the top of the page with English meanings while the rest of the page contained pictures of people doing different actions and were labeled in Spanish. Words such as “siéntense” and “ levantense” meaning “sit down” and “stand up.” The students had to match each word with the Spanish meaning/action.

February 12, 2019

Today’s lesson was very fun we played a game where we separated the class into two teams. This lesson was a way for the students to learn about teamwork while also seeing what they know or have been learning. Questions from previous classes were asked and each team had to work together to figure it out. After completing our game we moved onto a worksheet that taught objects around the room. Students did a great job working together to figure out the worksheets. We played another game where we would point to an object and students had to figure out what that object means in Spanish.

February 19, 2019

Today we worked on 3 different work sheets. The first worksheet was sort of a mix of objects we previously learned and colors we previously learned. For example a sentence would say “el libro es rojo “ And the students would write the meaning in English which is “the book is red.” The second sheet was a words to describe worksheet. On the worksheet there were pictures with nouns. The students had to write the Spanish adjective that describes each picture. They all did a great job on this sheet. On the last worksheet of the day we were able to describe objects around the house such as a bedroom , stove, etc. each student was able to finish and moved on to a Spanish word search to end the class on a fun note.

February 26, 2019

Today was the second to last day of class! We started the class by doing a couple of worksheets. The first sheet describes emotions such as happy, sad, etc. this was followed by a quick word-search. The students then separated into their teams where I asked review questions from everything we have learned from day one and on. The team with the most points would win a prize for the class!

March 5, 2019

Today is the last day of class! We started the class with a fun activity that showed how to name different animals in Spanish! This was a random but fun assignment because the kids were curious as to how to name animals such as dogs and cats. We then played a game called “listen well.” I would yell out a word that relates to family such as “padre” and the students would respond with “father” (the meaning) it was a very fun class. We finished with a family crossword so the students used their first workdsheet as a “cheat sheet.” The students did great!  Hasta Luego!

Please note:

We do offer private, one-on-one music lessons in the comfort of your home. So, we suggest to continue your children’s training with one of our outstanding instructors so they don’t have a long gap between lessons, and therefore hinder their progress. 

Thank you very much.

Oksana and Staff


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