There’s a lot of talk about Spanish interactive notebooks these days. And for good reason, they are a great learning tool. Mine is the central hub for my language learning system.
This year I’m making one for each of my kids. They will use theirs to set their learning goals, track their progress, record words and their meanings and for some analyze sentences. This study system is really effective for increasing skill levels over the course of one year.
I’ll show you what’s inside to inspire yours.
Most Spanish interactive notebooks are collections of content and handouts from class lessons. There will be vocabulary, grammar and more. They are a way for students to actively engage with the lesson content in a tactile way.
My Spanish Learning Binder is a bit different. Similarly, it is the central hub for language learning and meant to engage the student in an active learning process. What is different is our focus on setting goals, tracking progress, building vocabulary, analyzing grammar, and skill practice.
All of these sections are flexible for the needs of the individual learner. That is why every one of my children’s Spanish learning notebooks are different.
Binder in Spanish
Here are some common words for notebooks in Spanish:
— paperlería — office supplies
— cuaderno — notebook
— cuaderno interactivo — interactive notebook
— recambio — refill
Who doesn’t love office supplies? I’m going to share the ones I use to put together an awesome Spanish notebook.
These three ring binders have double inside pockets to hold charts and you can insert the front cover of your choice to personalize it. The D-rings are easy to open and lay the notebook flat.
Three ring binder in Spanish is “carpeta de 3 anillas”.
I’m not picky about brand. What matters is that they are heavy weight, smooth and crystal clear. I place charts and any sheets that I don’t want to hole punch in one. Occasionally, I will divide sections with a sheet protector and stick a tab on it.
My favorite way to use sheet protectors is for reusing sheets with dry erase markers. I can use the same sheet over and over. This works especially well for conjugating verbs.
A sheet protector in Spanish is “protector de hojas”.
A fine tip is important for doing the dry erase practice method. You write on top of the sheet inside the sheet protector and erase it afterward. Then, you can reuse the same sheet every time. This cuts down on costs of supplies. It’s a great way to test your memory of what you’ve learned.
A dry erase marker in Spanish is “marcador de borrado en seco”.
Sometimes it helps to color code things, like the parts of speech or my notes. This set of pens is my favorite for taking notes with a splash of color for fun. They’re even good for drawing word meanings.
A colored gel pen in Spanish is “bolígrafo de gel”.
This is a good start for the supplies you need to put together a Spanish learning binder.
If you’re anything like me you’ve stayed up late night perfecting your notebooks. I keep them simple and add creative details for the cherry on top. Because, after all you’re going keep this on your shelf and open it up everyday. You want to enjoy it.
Spanish Notebook Setup
Now, let’s get to the meat and potatoes of what is inside one of our Spanish notebooks. Mine is a bit different than others I’ve seen.
Language Notebook Sections
Spanish Notebook Cover
You can get really creative on this one, or just put in the cover from my free printable.
Click here to grab the cover download.
The biggest mistake most language learners make is not planning. Goals are important for motivation. Metrics are essential to track your progress. Both are necessary for creating a consistent study routine so you can accomplish your language learning goals.
- Skill Experience
- Skill Target
- Spanish Goals for Skills, Practice and Word Count
- What I Studied This Year
- Skills Rating Tracker
- Daily Study Log
- Skills Summary
The planning section specifically covers the language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. And your main goals you want to achieve learning Spanish.
Let’s face it, learning a language is all about learning words, and lots of them. We are adding a new set of words into the left hemisphere of our brain. We achieve this with exposure to new words, how they sound and what they mean. You will keep this information in the vocabulary section of the language learning notebook.
- Vocabulary Goals
- Word Count Fountain ( in sheet protector)
- Word Register or Word Bank
- Part of Speech List
- Word Bank Jar
- Word Flash Sheet®
- Weekly Tracker
- Things to Look Up
- Mistakes to Correct
Once my learner has added 100 words to their vocabulary list, then we add the grammar section. Every language has unique features to the sentence structures and connections between words.
- Grammar Goals
- Grammar Count (in sheet protector)
- Grammar Bank
- Color Coding
- Grammar List
- Units List
- Grammar Bank Jar
- Grammar Tracker
They can keep their drawings, notes, copywork, anything really, in this section from their practice time.
Are you a digital learner?
Then the next step for you is the Word Bank Spreadsheet.