Lower School Spanish Overview

Spanish instruction in the Lower School is designed to be fun and to encourage risk-taking for those learning a new language as well as knowledge of and respect for Spanish-speaking cultures and an awareness of the prevalence of the Spanish language in New York City.  All Lower School classes have twice weekly Spanish lessons.  Our youngest students learn basic vocabulary and expressions, focusing on greetings, colors, numbers, the alphabet, the calendar, animals, the body, and food, through art, games, songs, literature, puppetry, and other interactive activities.  In the upper grades, students continue to increase their Spanish vocabulary and conversational skills, incorporating more sophisticated content such as prepositions, adjectives, common verbs, and some present tense verb conjugations.  More and more, they learn to use Spanish across other areas of their curriculum: solving math problems in Spanish, telling time, learning vocabulary that relates to Community Work and Social Studies topics. As their conversational skills grow, they begin to practice their writing skills. Students also learn more about Spanish-speaking countries and cultures around the world.