Spanish is taught in two sections, for grades 1-2 and for grades 3-8, by Elizabeth Brasher. Shortly, we will give extra details beyond the description below.
Spanish is a Romance language, that is, one derived from Latin. As such, it has retained detailed conjugation of verbs and some elements of the declension of nouns over and above pluralization. These traits make it rather different from English. Fortunately, its pronunciation is very regular; if you see a word spelled, you can pronounce it, and generally the converse is true – if you hear it, you can spell it and possibly comprehend its meaning. There are also many cognates, words of similar spelling and meaning, between English and Spanish. These help one learn one language from the other, though there are a few pitfalls. Some sounds in Spanish do not occur in English and must be learned, preferably at a young age, which is where we start.
Our outline for teaching Spanish starts with acquiring a strong vocabulary base in the lower grades using repetition, game playing, music & song, labeling objects, art, etc. As the children progress, we continue with vocabulary and start learning to put together simple sentences (although this is started early on too!) conjugate verbs, simple translations, and is taught using the same methods as above. Also, with all groups, and at an age appropriate level, explore history, geography, customs etc, of Spain and Latin American countries by reading, game playing, cooking, music, discussing current events, etc.