Spanish / Health Class Bienvenidos a la página de español y salud! Spanish In Spanish class, we use the Avancemos textbook, parts 1a and 1b to get students familiar with many common vocabulary words and a swath of simple grammar. Some themes include, but are not limited to: Physical traits and personalities Things to do with friends Food Family Members School-related words Numbers Clothes House-related words Chores and party words Sports Parts of the body As far as grammar, we cover a wide range of topics that allow students to express themselves. Grammar includes but isn’t limited to: Noun-Adjective agreement Ser Tener The present tense Stem-change verbs Ordinal Numbers Commands The preterite tense Throughout their time at Christ Child Academy, we will study a number of different cultural topics. These range from: Artists of the Spanish Speaking World The Crisis in Venezuela The Dirty War of Argentina Archbishop Óscar Romero El Salvador By the end of 8th grade, if students are comfortable with their ability, will be able to register for Spanish 2 in high school. This is a great head start for anyone who wants to further their study of the Spanish language! Health In health class, we take focus on a different theme each year in middle school. During 6th grade, we look at the term health and all it entails. We discuss the terms self-esteem and self-concept so that we can create a project to express our ideas about ourselves. I enjoy this class because we look at a number of basic health concepts in a way that sparks self-reflection. In seventh grade, we explore many legal and illegal drugs so that we are knowledgeable about the reasons people use these substances and the risks involved. This class is important to me because it proactively informs my students in a way they would not get from the media or peers. It is my chance to communicate interesting histories of certain substances while also communicating risks and making sure that the students I teach always make smart, safe choices. In eighth grade, we discuss adolescent growth and development as well as the creation of life and pregnancy. With all the changes that children this age experience, it is important to have factual information to help understand everything going on in this stage of life. We look at everything from a scientific basis without sensationalizing, and I make it a goal to correct misunderstandings so that students come away from this class confident in their understanding of their bodies. I enjoy teaching this class because it allows me to teach students from a Catholic perspective that they might not get from further education.