Learning a second language is exciting and beneficial at all ages. It offers both practical and intellectual benefits and provides children with a greater global understanding of the world we live in.
Our children begin receiving Spanish instruction in the Toddler Community, tapping into the early sensitive period for language. The goal of the Spanish program through the early childhood years is to increase awareness and appreciation of other cultures, as well as introduce basic conversational vocabulary. This is established through the Montessori three-period lesson format, including games, songs and stories. At this stage it is common for children to absorb and understand the language without being able to produce it themselves.
Our Elementary Spanish program is based in the Montessori Methodology. The curriculum encompasses all learning areas that you will find in a Montessori classroom: Language, Math, Geography, Physiology, Biology and more. Students are exposed to the same Montessori Materials that they work on in class, but with a Spanish twist! In addition, the Elementary program offers group and individual classes, art activities, and games to reinforce vocabulary. Students have also participated in plays such as “The little Red Hen” in Spanish. These activities build confidence in a fun and engaging way.
The Adolescent Community Spanish program is a two-year course equivalent to the first year of high school Spanish. It builds on skills and vocabulary acquired in Upper Elementary. By the completion of their eighth grade year, the students should be prepared to enter Spanish II should they choose to do so in high school. The theme-based class involves both group activities and individual work focusing on interpretive, interpersonal and presentational communication skills. Vocabulary and grammar topics are incorporated throughout. Students also examine themes covered in other classes through the lens of the Hispanic world, gaining a broader perspective of the people who speak the language they are learning. In addition to fostering communicative competence, emphasis is placed on cultural understanding through the use of authentic texts, music and artifacts.