“In order to foster language development, the exposure has to be person-to-person; screen time doesn’t count for learning a language in young children.”
Perry Klass, M.D. — The New York Times, July 10, 2017
Zid Zid is not just another app for a child.
We believe language is a spirit that can be harnessed, and during early childhood is the perfect time, and we believe, done together, is best.
More than a language learning platform, Zid Zid a mindset and an opportunity, for you and the preschool children in your class. It’s an opportunity to open doors, and to connect with each child, connect with parents, with the Zid Zid online community, and with the global community at large, all while strengthening kindergarten readiness.
There is no right or wrong way to implement Zid Zid. It’s designed to be put into action, the learning as you see fit, incorporating concepts that dovetail with concepts you currently teach. Zid Zid is accessible at any point and is easy to use.
To get you started, we’ve designed this handy roadmap to guide you. We are so excited to
have you on this journey with us.
We firmly believe in learning a language through play, done together. Here are nine powerful reasons and benefits as to why.
Being a preschool teacher gives you unlimited freedom to explore parts of yourself that thrive from childlike experiences. With languages, it’s no different. Refresh your imagination and creative skills by exploring learning a new language together, implementing exciting activities, and reaching learning outcomes together.
Why do I/we start?
We believe songs and stories are one of the best pathways for learning. We also believe songs and stories are something the children can learn easily and quickly and can be transformative in any classroom. Our goals are built around empowering you and your class to learn new songs and stories easily and play along the way. Songs and stories are a great way to share knowledge with parents and grandparents, too. With a focus on songs and stories, we’ve built everything you need to be inspired and ready, in your classroom.
What you can do with a word
Let’s count to 10 in Spanish:
Uno, Dos, Tres, Cuatro, Cinco, Seis, Siete, Ocho, Nueve, Diez!
- You counted to ten in Spanish
- You broke down barriers
Here is what bringing this vocabulary into your classroom might look like:
Next, time for a supporting activity. What will it be? Movement, art, sound? Here are three examples.
Starting Out: Preparing
- Begin by going over the Teacher Welcome Package
- With your iPad, make sure wifi is working, install the app, and log in
- Review the different Quests and choose the one you like
- Watch the Quest intro, story and song videos, get familiar with new vocab
- Review activities based on the song and story of that Quest
- Choose your favorite activities
- Create your own activities
- Check in the Zid Zid FB Community for more ideas
- Plan activities around learning a song or story
- Prepare activities
Next, here are four ways to weave the learning in, which can be repeated throughout the year.
INTRO (10 minutes)
- In your own way, introduce Spanish to your class
- Watch any one of the three videos together
- To complement this, use repetition. Here is an example:
- Play an echo game: as you repeat the words, have kids repeat back to you the same amount of times. Try using emotions in your voice like happy and sad
DEEP DIVE GROUP PROJECT (15, 30, or 45 minutes)
- Choose either the story or song as your starting point
- Watch the video together, pause at important parts
- Once done with the video, discuss the content and ask questions:
- What did you see?
- Raise your hand if you heard…?
- What happened in the story/song?
- Pause the class OR continue the discussion into the activity
- Have an in-depth, tie-in activity ready to go
MORNING MEETING + TRANSITION TIMES (5 minutes)
- Verbally weave in any of the new vocabularies during morning meeting, or during transition times, or during snack time. Two examples might be:
- Colors: Use to call the kids up by a table or by what they’re wearing
- Numbers: Use how old they are or give them numbers for a day, and use throughout the day
INDEPENDENT LEARNING (Open)
- Set up any Zid Zid print materials or your own resources, placed in independent learning stations, or in a designated Spanish language area
Here are a few examples of Zid Zid in action, either our suggested activities, or a creative
teacher interpretation! We hope this inspires you to think “outside the box” when bringing
Zid Zid into your classroom.
ART/Colors Quest, Zid Zid Bird Nest, Xavier Montessori, Cincinnati, OH
Inspired by the Zid Zid Sewing Nest activity, the children are using paper, yarn, scissors, markers, to create sewn “nests” for their colored birds.
ART/Body Parts Quest, Zid Zid Body Parts Printable, Cincinnati Country Day School, Cincinnati, OH
Children are engaged a Zid Zid printable which focuses on the identifying the parts of the body in Spanish. They used scissors, glue, and colorful drawing materials to complete their mission.
ART/Body Parts Quest/Colors Quest, Self-Portraits, Xavier Montessori, Cincinnati, OH
Here, children are beginning to create self-portraits based on the color blue, and Picasso’s “blue period”. They used photocopied photographs of themselves, scissors, glue, and blue watercolor paint, and blue chalk to create stunning self-portraits.
NATURE/Numbers Quest, Nature Counting Book, Xavier Montessori, Cincinnati, OH
Children headed outside to locate interesting nature items in multiples. When back in the classroom, they were given blank books, printed numbers, glue, and scissors, and each child worked to assemble a nature count book based on his or her outdoor findings.
ART/Body Parts Quest, Body Collage, Xavier Montessori, Cincinnati, OH
Children are working off a hand drawn guide by their teacher, to identify the parts of the body. They are doing this by using cut-out magazine pieces they found of the different body party, gluing them into place onto their paper, then working to write the name each part in Spanish.
GAME/Shapes Quest, Sorting Shapes, Goddard School of St. Louis
This creative teacher made a large paper game board based on each of the shapes. From there, she created a bag of smaller shapes. She would choose a shape from the bag, have the children look at it, call out its Spanish name, and then they would place it in the appropriate box. She repeated this game until all the shapes were placed properly.
MORNING MEETING/Body Parts Quest, Feet Discussion, Cincinnati Country Day School, Cincinnati, OH
This teacher incorporated body parts into her morning meeting, by discussing the shapes of everyone’s feet and toes. Each child had the opportunity to come to the large paper to draw their “pies”. A variety of colors were
ART/Colors Quest, Bird Feather Color Mixing, YMCA Christ Child/Head Start, Cincinnati, OH
Inspired by the Bird Feather Color Mixing activity, this class painted fathers using tempera paints. Each child was given red and yellow to make orange, and yellow and blue to make green. Once all the feathers were dry, they were cut out and placed onto the bird using washi tape, along with decorative feathers for a fun touch.
In addition to the power of stories and songs, we believe in achieving goals, and helping your class stay motivated, and on track. There are 120 core vocabulary words, 120 creative activities, plus vocabulary in the stories and songs, and all the creative activities you will invent! That’s an amazing amount of learning. To stay on track and celebrate growth, you have a Zid Zid Growth Chart, Zid Zid Stickers, and a Zid Zid Vocabulary Poster.
Your Classroom Growth Chart
- Hang Growth Chart and Vocab Poster
- Chart your class’s progress
- Use Zid Zid stickers for achievements
Recording a Child’s Growth
- Track progress in the Zid Zid Assessment Booklet
- Keep work created in each child’s portfolio
- Capture learning through photos and video, and share with the Zid Zid Community
End of Year Sharing
- Display work during Day of the Dead, Open House, Christmas, and Cinco de Mayo
- Share each child’s assessment sheet in each portfolio
- Share final portfolios at the end of the year
- Hold an end of year performance for parents, siblings and grandparents
- Share your final performance with the Zid Zid Community
- Share certificates for each child
Importance of Community
- We believe in learning together.
- We believe little steps together can lead to big learning.
- We believe parents benefit from your guidance.
- We believe in sharing our work.
- We believe in tolerance of other cultures.
- We believe in being a part of the global community.
The Zid Zid Teacher Manifesto
- Let us understand we are immensely powerful.
- Through our gifts as teachers, we can bring Spanish to life.
- Let us create a bond with the unknown we are about to enter, even if scary at times.
- There is no limit to our curiosity and possibilities.
VÁMONOS! Let’s Go!
- Don’t worry about being perfect.
- Start with stories and songs.
- Share and connect with your community, online + off!
- Have fun, this is about play.
Who is Behind Zid Zid?
Started by a husband-wife duo who are both trilingual, and have raised two trilingual children, Zid Zid is a team of educators, designers, language experts, and technologists passionate about creating meaningful and impactful learning outcomes for little ones. We merge the best practice in early childhood education with the best in technology to foster a love of learning languages and much more.
Will My Class Become Fluent?
We aim to eliminate the fear of learning a foreign language during the most critical period of a child’s brain development and set a strong foundation for future learning. Our goal is to inspire you and your class to develop a love for languages. Remember, our focus is on exposure, experiences, and the amazing journey of learning a language. It’s not about outcomes, memorization, or fluency.
What happens if Spanish learning ends after kindergarten?
We now know how critical languages are in the early years, which is no less important that other skills such as academics, play, the arts, and sports. Not only that, but second language learning creates a deeper understanding of and appreciation for humanity and culture, which enriches anyone’s life and personal experiences at any age. As their teacher, you have the unique opportunity to be the very first exposure to another language for a child, and that child will most likely remember this experience for his or her life.
What if no one around us is speaking Spanish?
This could be said for the importance of play, music, sports, art, cooking, the global community at large, in addition to other extracurriculars. If no one around me is playing baseball, then learning how to throw a ball has no purpose.
What Academic Standards and Methods Does Zid Zid Follow?
One of the many tools we use to hone and create our lessons are the standards put forth by the American Council for Teaching Foreign Languages. We also incorporate the genius of TPR Storytelling ( Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling or TPRS ), which is a method of teaching foreign languages developed in the 1990’s. We also adhere to Kindergarten Readiness initiatives put forth by Early Learning and Development Standards established at state and national levels.
An introduction to Zid Zid
A quick product overview
A sample quest: (video, story, and song)
Assessments & resources:
Beyond the classroom