Fiestas

Students celebrated their final days of Spanish class with fiestas!  Students had a blast hitting the piñata, diving for candy, enjoying tasty snacks, and watching a Spanish movie, Coco.  Muchas gracias to all that contributed items for our fiestas.  It was a great close to the 2018-2019 school year.

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Culture Day

The Summit’s 2019 Culture Day was a success!  This year, students traveled around various regions of Spain: Castilla y León, Islas Canarias, Andalucía, Valencia, Aragón, Cataluña, and Madrid. Each different region offered an authentic experience that one may encounter when traveling around Spain. Students sampled various tapas, learned to dance the flamenco, completed art projects inspired by Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, went on a scavenger hunt in search of animals native to Spain, learned about Spain’s annual Tomatina festival, and played a favorite childhood game for children who grow up in Spain, Chapas. This event was organized and carried out by our Summit upper school students. They did a tremendous job of facilitating the stations and engaging every student.

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Total Physical Response

Total Physical Response (TPR) is an effective teaching method that combines learning a second language with physical movement.  Research shows that learners best internalize a new language when they respond with physical activity. This approach is used daily in Spanish classrooms at The Summit. Students are seen  (and heard!!) playing active games, singing songs, and utilizing silly chants and gestures to reinforce vocabulary, phrases, and grammar that stimulate both sides of the brain.  Check out the 4th grade class learning all of the tricky interrogative words in Spanish through a fun song that incorporates gestures. After mastering the song, 4th graders went on a scavenger hunt around the room that required using interrogatives in a correct sequence.

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