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World Language: Spanish – Primary (grades 1-4)

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The 1st and 2nd grade Spanish curriculum focuses on the cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking communities and introduces basic vocabulary through everyday conversation, read-aloud books, art and cooking activities, games, poems and songs. The hands-on, activity-centered curriculum in the lower school is developmentally appropriate for our younger students. They develop a positive attitude towards the language and an appreciation for other cultures while learning to speak Spanish. Often the Spanish teacher works with the first and second grade teachers to integrate the Spanish curriculum with other academic areas. For example, a unit on insects may be taught simultaneously in the first and second grade classroom and in Spanish. When students leave second grade, they are able to carry on a simple conversation in Spanish that incorporates vocabulary about colors, numbers, the calendar, weather, clothes and everyday activities. They also have an awareness of other countries in which Spanish is spoken and of how the Latino culture has contributed to our own American culture.

The 3rd and 4th grade Spanish curriculum continues the focus on the cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking communities and expands basic vocabulary through everyday conversation, books, art and cooking activities, games, poems and songs. Instruction in written language becomes more systematic and formal. They are taught the sound/symbol relationships that enable them to read and write simple Spanish. In third grade, students are introduced to the sound-symbol relationships that will enable them to read and write simple Spanish. By the end of the fourth grade, most students are able to carry on a simple everyday conversation in Spanish, recognize basic written vocabulary and read and write simple words and sentences. By the end of fourth grade, students are able to carry on conversations in Spanish about everyday activities. They should recognize basic written vocabulary and be able to write simple words and sentences.
In the hands-on, activity-centered Spanish classroom, Primary students learn the geography, history, foods, clothing and traditions of a part of the Spanish-speaking world while increasing their knowledge of vocabulary and learning to carry on simple conversations.

Wherever possible, the Spanish curriculum is coordinated with the classroom curriculum.
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