Becoming proficient in a second language is not solely about memorizing vocabulary, learning new phrases, and conjugating verbs. It is also important to develop a better understanding of the culture of other countries and how their unique qualities compare and contrast to our own. Familiarizing ourselves with another nation’s way of life helps to broaden our global lens. This is an important element to The Summit’s Spanish program.
Fridays are dedicated to exploring various Spanish-speaking countries around the world. In the lower grades, students spend each trimester learning about a different country’s geography, flag, coat of arms, popular landmarks, animals, music, etc. 3rd through 5th graders dive a little deeper, by independently researching and creating presentations about their findings.
The upper grades take this one step further by doing their own research on a specific country of their choice and completing a cultural project that is presented in front of their peers. Some of these projects include Google Slide presentations, musical performances of an authentic song or dance, cooking demonstrations of an authentic dish, travel videos, board games, and travel brochures.
We made it through the first week… What a proud achievement that is! It seemed like we hardly skipped a beat and jumped right into all things Spanish! Although some students admitted they were feeling a little rusty, I have no doubts that we will get back up to speed as we continue to find a rhythm in our new “normal.”
Each week, High school and 7th/8th grade Spanish classes will follow themed days: Leer Lunes (Reading Monday), Target Language Tuesday, Música Miércoles (Music Wednesday), Juego Jueves (Game Day Thursday) and Cultura Viernes. This gives students the opportunity to be exposed to the language from all angles while also providing structure and consistency.
Next week, we will begin our themed units: ¡Todo sobre mi (All about me!) for 7th/8th grade and ¿Cómo eres? (What are you like?) for High School. Each unit will last about 6 weeks but may be extended or shortened depending on student interest or how quickly each unit’s concepts are mastered. I’m so excited to see how each student grows, achieves their own personal goals and becomes more fluent in Spanish this year! It’s going to be a great year!
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you ever have any questions/concerns/comments!
– Señora Raven
Spanish classes are off to a fantástico start! At The Summit, students receive Spanish every single day…TODOS LOS DÍAS! Some of the highlights so far have been students choosing their very own Spanish name to use throughout the school year and playing one of the all-time favorite Spanish games, Mono Loco or Crazy Monkey. Mono Loco is a game that gets students up and moving around, while they practice their Spanish-speaking skills with peers. Adding physical movement to the classroom is a powerful tool when learning a second language. While the weather cooperates, it also allows students to get outside, but still stay physically distanced. We will utilize this method, called TPR (Total Physical Response) throughout the year.
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