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Curriculum- First Grade

Students in first grade experience immersion in the target language. Here, first graders read a letter together with the class, which explains which “islands”, or activity centers, will be open that day. Students submit written requests each class, expressing which ‘islands’ they want to visit and what they will need while there. After arriving at an island, first graders participate in an activity center and conversations in the target language between teacher> student, student>student, and student>teacher commence–the heartbeat of the curriculum.

Sprinkled throughout the year are various Culture Projects; these lessons focus on amazing and beautiful aspects of the Spanish-speaking world (landforms, monuments, traditions, etc.), and knit together the Lower School Spanish experience. Last but not least, first graders focus on learning the names and locations of the Spanish-speaking countries in South America on a gigantic floor map.