I took a map of the world and cut it up to highlight the Spanish-speaking countries and then added magnets to post it on the whiteboard. Then I took small pictures of each country flag and put magnets on them so we can move them around and post them on the correct countries. I also have large titles like "South America" and "North America" we can use to categorize the countries. My Spanish 2 starts the year with a unit on the countries and capitals. Yesterday, I gave each student a flag (some had more than one because of my small class size) and asked them to go place it on the board on the country it belonged to. There are so many other things we can do with this map, especially because we can write on the surface right next to the map.
I have also used the magnets on my calendar and weather board to make it easier to move the arrows around that say which day it is. I used this board last year with tape and that magnets really help to make my changes less permanent.
While at the teacher store, I also found a box of Spanish magnet letters. This kit includes
ch, ll, ñ, and rr. A regular English magnet letter kit that parents of young children traditionally use on their refrigerators would also work (just draw a ~ over the n). This kit has been fun to use for my Spanish I class. Though I could just as easily write the letters on the board in marker, they like that they get fun "toys" to use in class and it makes the lesson feel more exciting to them.
I can't wait to find more uses for magnets on my boards this year!
~ La profesora