Children are naturally efficient language learners with a great capacity to learn a second language.

Risas y Sonrisas taps into this ability, enhancing the learning process through music, fun and creative visual aids, engaging games, practical conversation, multi-modal presentation, and a relaxed and fun-filled environment

1 PRONUNCIATION

Essential pronunciation and reading skills are introduced from the start

STEP 1: Introduce pronunciation

  • We first introduce vowel and consonant sounds with fun visual representations.
  • Then, we use cognates to show the similarities and differences between English and Spanish pronunciation. Students will be amazed at how many Spanish words they already know!
  • Learning these words builds confidence in reading and speaking Spanish
    and gives students an initial set of vocabulary to start speaking Spanish immediately.
  • Reading skills are continually reinforced through the use of postersword cards, song lyrics, games, Q&A, and skits.
2 SONGS

The vocabulary in each theme is introduced by one of our 39 original songs! Music is one of the most effective ways to promote learning.

Step 2: Introduce songs

We present the songs in a variety of formats to appeal to different learning styles:

  • Music CD: All of our original songs are included in our Music CD. Students can follow along with the lyrics using the included Lyrics Booklet, the poster for that song, or their Student Book.

Included in the Online Program:

  • Animated Song videos: Contains fun, memorable animated images that help students learn new vocabulary.
  • Sign & Sing videos: Accompanies each word with its American Sign Language sign to build strong associations and teach two languages at once.
  • Audio & Lyrics videos: Includes the lyrics for the video on the screen to help students sing along with the songs.
3 GAMES

Games activate vocabulary learned in the songs

  • The games in the program take students through the three stages of vocabulary acquisition: Introduction, Reinforcement, and Mastery/Conversation.
  • All games are easily adaptable to the level and needs of any class.
  • All the games are visually and kinesthetically stimulating with fun accessories such as magnetic pictures, color-coded word cards, flyswatters, a plush ball, posters, bingo cards, matching dominoes and visual representations of Q&A.
  • Three fun Online Games supplement the printed materials and let students continue practicing in-class and at home!
4 Q&A AND ROLE PLAYING

Q&A introduce practical conversation and enhance communication skills.

Step 4: Introduce practical conversation

  • Q&A can be introduced using the Online Program, flashcard activities, or the Student Book.
  • Role playing helps students acquire simple phrases that they can repeat across several themes, building confidence and fluency.
  • Flashcards found at the end of the Activity Workbooks can provide additional Q&A practice.
5 SKITS & READER’S THEATRE

Skits place the Q&A in a real-world context.

Step 5: Introduce skits

  • The skits feature native Spanish speakers and Spanish subtitles and are available in the Online Program.
  • Skit scripts are also included in the Student Book and the Activity Workbooks.
  • Students perform the skits, gaining confidence in their conversational ability.
  • As students gain confidence, challenge them to act out the skits without using the script or to come up with their own versions of the skit, incorporating other vocabulary and Q&A.
6 PICTURE SENTENCES

Students use all the vocabulary they have mastered to build picture sentences in the present, past, and future.

Step 6: Build picture sentences
  • Once students have been introduced to the Verbs unit, they are ready to start building full sentences using the Personal Pronoun Conjugation Cards.
  • Our color-coded traffic light conjugation system makes it easy for students to quickly learn how to conjugate in the present, past, and future.
  • By using previously-acquired vocabulary in complete sentences, students gain a sense of accomplishment and confidence in communicating complete thoughts to others in Spanish.
7 CULTURE

Each chapter ends with a lesson about Hispanic culture around the world.

  • Students feel connected to the Spanish language and the places it is spoken.
  • By gaining an appreciation of the cultural context of the language, students acquire a respect for the language and become more responsible global citizens.
  • We also provide a list of freely-available recommendations of books, videos, and other media that can be used to expand the program and further enrich the Spanish-learning adventure your students are undertaking.
8 PRACTICE

Practice makes perfect!

Step 8: Practice, Practice, Practice!

  • All students’ progress depends on how much they practice!
  • Encourage your students to practice at home using the Online Program or Activity Workbooks to continue the learning beyond class.
  • The more exposure to the language your students have, the faster they will improve and progress!

Essential pronunciation and reading skills are introduced from the start

STEP 1: Introduce pronunciation

  • We first introduce vowel and consonant sounds with fun visual representations.
  • Then, we use cognates to show the similarities and differences between English and Spanish pronunciation. Students will be amazed at how many Spanish words they already know!
  • Learning these words builds confidence in reading and speaking Spanish
    and gives students an initial set of vocabulary to start speaking Spanish immediately.
  • Reading skills are continually reinforced through the use of postersword cards, song lyrics, games, Q&A, and skits.

The vocabulary in each theme is introduced by one of our 39 original songs! Music is one of the most effective ways to promote learning.

Step 2: Introduce songs

We present the songs in a variety of formats to appeal to different learning styles:

  • Music CD: All of our original songs are included in our Music CD. Students can follow along with the lyrics using the included Lyrics Booklet, the poster for that song, or their Student Book.

Included in the Online Program:

  • Animated Song videos: Contains fun, memorable animated images that help students learn new vocabulary.
  • Sign & Sing videos: Accompanies each word with its American Sign Language sign to build strong associations and teach two languages at once.
  • Audio & Lyrics videos: Includes the lyrics for the video on the screen to help students sing along with the songs.

Games activate vocabulary learned in the songs

  • The games in the program take students through the three stages of vocabulary acquisition: Introduction, Reinforcement, and Mastery/Conversation.
  • All games are easily adaptable to the level and needs of any class.
  • All the games are visually and kinesthetically stimulating with fun accessories such as magnetic pictures, color-coded word cards, flyswatters, a plush ball, posters, bingo cards, matching dominoes and visual representations of Q&A.
  • Three fun Online Games supplement the printed materials and let students continue practicing in-class and at home!

Q&A introduce practical conversation and enhance communication skills.

Step 4: Introduce practical conversation

  • Q&A can be introduced using the Online Program, flashcard activities, or the Student Book.
  • Role playing helps students acquire simple phrases that they can repeat across several themes, building confidence and fluency.
  • Flashcards found at the end of the Activity Workbooks can provide additional Q&A practice.

Skits place the Q&A in a real-world context.

Step 5: Introduce skits

  • The skits feature native Spanish speakers and Spanish subtitles and are available in the Online Program.
  • Skit scripts are also included in the Student Book and the Activity Workbooks.
  • Students perform the skits, gaining confidence in their conversational ability.
  • As students gain confidence, challenge them to act out the skits without using the script or to come up with their own versions of the skit, incorporating other vocabulary and Q&A.

Students use all the vocabulary they have mastered to build picture sentences in the present, past, and future.

Step 6: Build picture sentences
  • Once students have been introduced to the Verbs unit, they are ready to start building full sentences using the Personal Pronoun Conjugation Cards.
  • Our color-coded traffic light conjugation system makes it easy for students to quickly learn how to conjugate in the present, past, and future.
  • By using previously-acquired vocabulary in complete sentences, students gain a sense of accomplishment and confidence in communicating complete thoughts to others in Spanish.

Each chapter ends with a lesson about Hispanic culture around the world.

  • Students feel connected to the Spanish language and the places it is spoken.
  • By gaining an appreciation of the cultural context of the language, students acquire a respect for the language and become more responsible global citizens.
  • We also provide a list of freely-available recommendations of books, videos, and other media that can be used to expand the program and further enrich the Spanish-learning adventure your students are undertaking.

Practice makes perfect!

Step 8: Practice, Practice, Practice!

  • All students’ progress depends on how much they practice!
  • Encourage your students to practice at home using the Online Program or Activity Workbooks to continue the learning beyond class.
  • The more exposure to the language your students have, the faster they will improve and progress!