Spanish is taught as a special subject to all of the children in the school. The kindergartners and up have Spanish twice a week. The 5-Day Preschoolers have Spanish weekly and the 3-Day preschoolers enjoy activities with the Spanish teacher about twice a month.
Spanish instruction occurs most of the time in the children’s home classrooms. At every level, the Spanish teacher uses singing, drumming and chants to help the children feel comfortable as they seamlessly develop vocabulary and fluency. Songs are fun and help teach pronunciation and memorization through repetition. Some songs are sung daily in all Spanish classes, and a few have become part of the school’s repertoire for all-school Sings and Assemblies. Play-dough, blocks, puppets and stuffed animals also support the interactive and hands-on approach of SRV’s Spanish program.