The textbook is divided into 8 chapters, each of which contains 4-5 vocabulary units. Each vocabulary unit is introduced with a song. Students can follow along by looking at the colorful illustrated vocabulary page in the textbook, by reading the lyrics in the lyrics booklet, or by watching the animated song on the online program. Each unit also includes a set of commonly used Q&A's. Those Q&A's are combined with the vocabulary in a skit presented at the end of each unit. A cultural point closes the chapter. Reading skills and grammar concepts such as masculine/feminine, adjective/noun agreement, present/past/future tenses are introduced by using associations, color-coded words, and creative visuals to make it easy for children to understand and learn at their own pace.
A one-year subscription to the Online Interactive Program is included for access to all of our original songs, videos, and audio, as well as a variety of fun games and conversational activities.
Set of Activity Workbooks 1-4
The Activity Workbooks provide opportunities to reinforce in writing the material that the songs, games, and conversation present. Each workbook covers 1 of the 4 modules (2 of the 8 chapters in the book), and is full of fun illustrated activities that go with the songs, skits, vocabulary, and Q&A. The back cover of each workbook has 40 original colorful cognate picture to review with the Q&A.
The set includes 1 of each Activity Workbook. It may be advisable to purchase an additional set for each student using the program.
Music CD with 39 Song Lyrics Booklet
The Music CD includes 39 songs with catchy tunes that introduce children to Spanish vocabulary and phrases. Music is one of the most powerful tools for accelerating the learning process.
These songs can also be rehearsed with the Sign & Sing DVD, the interactive CD line-by-line feature, or by looking at the pictures in the Textbook.
Domino and Mini Verb Conjugation Card Set
These can be used as traditional flashcards or to play the Domino game, where students match words to their corresponding pictures. The Mini Verb Conjugation cards have personal pronouns with slits to insert verb word cards and build sentences in the past, present, and future.
- 16 vocabulary themes with 24 tiles each: Body, Numbers, Opposites, Wild Animals, School, Verbs, Food, House, Places, Occupations, Clothing, Farm Animals, Emotions and Directions, Colors and Shapes.
- 9 Personal Pronoun Conjugation Cards
Cognate Picture Cards and Folder
The Cognate Picture cards have beautiful color illustrations of easy vocabulary words that are very similar in Spanish and English. They are designed to help students discover Spanish words that they already know and can be used to practice pronunciation skills, enrich the Q&A, or build picture sentences.
The Cognate Cards are divided into 14 different categories: Animals, Musical Instruments, Sports, Transportation, Fantasy, Insects, Fruits, Vegetables, Food, Nature, People, Locations, Liquids, Reptiles, and House.
The Folder is included for students to practice and store their work.
Homeschool Instructor Manual
The Homeschool Instructor’s Manual provides full lesson plans for all 4 modules, including innovative activity and game ideas, tips for increasing the length of the program, and help in adapting the program for non-readers. The Instructor’s Manual also helps instructors learn and become comfortable in the Risas y Sonrisas methodology. Finally, even if you don’t speak Spanish yourself you can still make it fun and engaging for your children or students. For best results, we always suggest that parents get involved and learn right along with their children. It will be easy and fun with Risas y Sonrisas!
Lessons are aligned with ACTFL Standards
About the Seller
When I started teaching Spanish in elementary schools in 1993, it was very difficult to find quality materials to teach children. Additionally, my classes were offered after school, which challenged me to motivate students who were often tired by this time. In order to be successful, I had to make Spanish classes fun for the students so they would be eager to learn and always look forward to our next meeting. I also had to make them effective so that parents could see how much their children were learning and would happily send them back for future sessions.
I put all my effort in developing materials that appeal to children and gradually discovered a passion and a talent for it. As others heard about my program, it began to grow. Before I knew it, I had more after-school Spanish classes than I could handle, and I began hiring other teachers to help me in other schools. At the same time, I was volunteering at my children’s school coordinating parent volunteers to teach Spanish to K-5 students for thirty minutes, once a week.
As more parents became aware of how important it was to teach Spanish to their children, they began asking me how this could be achieved in their schools. It was then that I decided to start providing my materials to more schools, letting them handle the teaching. I gave up the after-school classes to devote myself full-time to the development of “Risas y Sonrisas.” That’s Spanish for “Laughter and Smiles,” which is what this program is all about—the joy of learning Spanish.
Today schools all over the country and around the world are following the program I started many years ago. In the Leander Independent School District in Austin, TX, there are now over 25 elementary schools implementing my original concept of teaching Spanish with parent volunteers. Risas y Sonrisas has won prestigious awards, and its accomplishments and successes have been cited in newspaper articles and broadcast media. Public and private schools in the United States—as well as schools as far away as China, The United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa—are now using “Risas y Sonrisas” to enrich their Spanish language classes.
We have been working very hard over the last few months and are happy to announce that we have a NEW online program with all of our original songs, videos, and audio, as well as a variety of fun games and conversational activities. We would like to strengthen our relationship with the schools using Risas y Sonrisas in order to develop a community of teachers who can support each other and trade new ideas. Please join our mailing list so we can keep you updated!
It has been an amazing journey with incredibly rewarding and unexpected results. We are constantly looking for feedback in order to continuously improve and add to our materials. We encourage teachers to let us know what they think about our curriculum and where they would like to see it go.
Through Risas y Sonrisas we continue to share our success with others—schools, teachers, homeschoolers, parents and especially the students who benefit the most from learning to speak and love Spanish from an early age.