Spanish Instruction in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5

In order to prepare children for lives of meaning and purpose in the 21st-century global economy, the Keith Country Day Lower School Spanish Department is committed to the following objectives:

  • Listen and respond to instructions given in Spanish.
  • Demonstrate understanding through oral and written activities.
  • Interact and engage in various activities using the target language.
  • Practice selected vocabulary through use of flash cards, digital practice, games, and occasional homework.
  • Gain and apply an understanding of linguistic guidelines such as pronunciation and grammar.
  • Be exposed to different activities that will enrich their understanding of different Latin countries.
  •  Participate in a semester project in which they will learn the Spanish culture and heritage.
  • Learn different folk tales and dance styles with the help of performing arts program.

In order to meet these objectives, the Spanish department designs cyclical, thematic units and lessons to ensure sustained exposure over the span of several years.  These lessons incorporate the use of TPR (Total Physical Response), fun and engaging games, activities, videos, songs, oral practice, and written assignments.  Furthermore, Spanish lessons overlap with other curricular standards to challenge students and create relevant connections.  For example, entire lessons in Spanish are devoted to learning math vocabulary and completing equations in the Spanish language.