Spanish

 

In the early grades Spanish is taught through imitation, repetition and movement. Most of the work is done chorally. Songs, poems and stories are our source of learning. The vocabularies as well as simple greetings are reinforced through games.  The content follows the developmental stages of the child.

Fourth grade Spanish lessons are particularly exciting because we start reading and writing. For the first time, the students write and illustrate the poems, songs and stories that they are familiar with from previous years.  Then new material is added bringing confidence into reading and writing using the same process of previous years. First students learn the new content chorally, then they write and read it, and last they illustrate it.  The grammar also is brought to a more advanced level. The different basic elements of the language now are explored in more detail but still learned by choral rhythmical recitations.

As we continue our study of Spanish in every grade a new level of awareness of the language is achieved. The students study the structure of the language in depth. Grammar is formally introduced. New tenses are added every year. Reading aloud becomes an individual activity rather than a group activity. Great emphasis is placed on dialogue. Towards the upper grades, writing personal experiences or stories using both different tenses are especially encouraged. Students are expected to present their essays orally to the class.