All early childhood and Elementary students receive Spanish instruction. Our
Spanish curriculum was developed in-house based on Montessori materials
familiar to the children and taps into their natural ability to learn
language. Children are taught through all their senses to associate
concrete objects to language and connect previous knowledge with new
The objective of this
curriculum for early childhood students is to expose them to another culture and language,
to build their confidence in learning a foreign language and to teach them some
basic Spanish words and phrases. The Elementary class works
toward becoming conversational in real life settings such as restaurant outings
and in plays they put on for the school. The curriculum is divided into sets
of lessons. Each set has a theme that integrates with other activities in the
classroom. Providing relevant lessons creates more opportunities to practice and
is more motivating.
Lessons are designed to be introduced on a weekly basis, during group time and
supported by the use of the new words and phrases throughout the week and by
materials on the shelves. From the beginning, the use of English is kept to
a minimum. As the weeks progress, less and less English is used, until all
instruction is done in Spanish.
By teaching to the whole child through the senses, the language makes a lasting
positive impression. The
results are that the child remembers what he has learned and is then encouraged
to continue learning.
Spanish is taught by Jazmin Torres.