Spanish at St. Mary's
At St. Mary's, Spanish education is a priority from the start. Our youngest students have a weekly Spanish class with our dedicated Spanish teacher. As students advance through their years at St. Mary's, so does their Spanish education.
We also want children to have not only an understanding of the language but of the cultures of Spanish-speaking people. Our annual Las Posadas celebration allows our students to apply their Spanish-speaking skills in a special school event.
Preschool and Pre-K children have a weekly Spanish lesson in their own classroom and Kindergarten visits the Spanish classroom twice weekly. Numbers and Spanish vocabulary words are introduced through songs, stories, and games. Additionally, age-appropriate classroom materials are used to reinforce learning. Bilingual story books, blocks, Legos, counting bears, maps, puzzles, music, crayons, and markers are all great resources for learning... ¡en inglés y en español!
First-grade students have Spanish twice each week. First-graders play a key role in our Las Posadas celebration each December. Games, music, and picture books also bring to life many aspects of Hispanic culture, history, and geography for these eager learners.
Second-grade students have Spanish class twice a week and come to our Spanish classroom for instruction. Vocabulary will include things used in the classroom and outside wonders like butterflies, leaves, and pumpkins! Second graders will also study and participate in holidays and traditions of the Spanish-speaking world.
Third-grade students come to the Spanish classroom twice weekly. They will study the Spanish alphabet and learn to spell their names with Spanish letters. Third-graders will learn more about the holidays and traditions of the Spanish-speaking world, including Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) and Las Posadas in December. Educational videos, library books, traditional music, and guest speakers are other “windows” through which they will learn about the countries and cultures that make up the Spanish-speaking world.
Fourth-grade students have Spanish three times each week. They will review the Spanish alphabet and learn to spell their first and last names with Spanish letters. They will eventually use these skills to read and discuss a real Spanish story! Videos, fiction and non-fiction picture books, traditional music, and guest speakers are other “windows” through which fourth-graders expand their knowledge of the Spanish language and culture.
Fifth-grade students have three Spanish classes each week. They review and build upon themes, structures, and vocabulary previously introduced in the Teach Them Spanish curricula. Games, projects, original writing, and role-playing are all fun and active ways that we reinforce prior knowledge and continue to introduce new structures in fifth grade. In December, fifth-graders lead our Las Posadas procession and chapel service. Throughout the year, they will also create projects on Spanish-speaking countries and explore ways in which famous Spanish-speaking individuals have changed the course of history.