Back to schoolLas vacaciones (holidays) are over and it’s time to go back to school. This week, kids and parents are excited all around Spain. Buying a uniform, preparing el estuche (the pencil case), ordering los libros (the books) are the parent’s nightmare for some days.

Once boys and girls are in the classroom, the problems will not stop for their progenitors: more materials than expected, new books they have to read, homeworks to be done…

However, we are going to focus on the classroom today.

Some phrases are basic and necessary to get on well in the class. In our Spanish classes for children and adolescents, they start learning them from the beginning.

Comienza el día (the day begins)

After a respectful buenos días (good morning), la profe or la seño (the teacher) will take a register every morning to know who is attending to the class. Ahora, niños, vamos a pasar lista. She will read the names and the pupils should reply presente (present) or aquí (here).

Right after that, la seño will probably need to calm down the pupils using commands like sentaos, por favor (sit down, please), ¡callaos ya! (be quiet!), calmaos (settle down), ¡ya basta! (that’s enough!).

Hora de trabajar (time to work)

Afterwards, the teacher can ask for los deberes (the homework). This is a critical moment for those students who never do them. Different excuses may be heard: es que estaba enfermo (It’s just I was ill), verá, no sabía que eran para hoy (I didn’t know it was due today), pues…, los olvidé en casa (the thing is that I forgot at home).

In addition to this, other orders can be done: escribe (write), copia (copia), lee (read), rodea la palabra correcta (circle the right word), relaciona estas imágenes (match this pictures), escucha (listen)…

Preguntas y más preguntas (questions and more questions)

La seño will suffer an interrogation everyday. Kids are inquisitive and they have needs. In a class it’s easy to hear ¿puedo ir al servicio? (may I go to the toilet?), ¿qué significa esta palabra? (what does it mean?), ¿cómo se escribe? (how do you spell it?), ¿cómo se pronuncia? (how do you pronounce it?), ¿puedo afilar mi lápiz? (may I sharpen my pencil?), ¿puedo beber agua? (may I get some water?)…

Se acabó (time is over)

Finally, the bell is going to ring. However, five minutes before, the pupils should tidy up the classroom. The teacher could say ¡es hora de recoger! (tidy up time!), ¡poned todo en su sitio! (put your things away!), ¡quiero la clase limpia en cinco minutos! (I need the classroom spotless in 5 minutes!).

Now the children are free to go and the teacher can say to them hasta mañana y recordad que tenéis que hacer los deberes (see you tomorrow and remember you must do your homework).

From we advise you not to lose your cool these very first days; just remember you always survive the school year. Meanwhile, why don’t you fill your kid’s time learning Spanish via Skype? This vocabulary is just a small part of what they would learn in our Spanish Classes for Children and Adolescents. Do you want to try it first for free? Just reserve a free trial class here. What are you waiting for? Our teachers are about pasando lista right now!