"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way." – Frank Smith
SPANISH language and culture are introduced to children beginning in preschool. Introducing foreign language studies at an early age takes advantage of the developing brain’s receptivity to acquiring new sounds and provides a jump-start to ongoing language capabilities.
The Barnesville School offers a Spanish program for children from Preschool through eighth grade. Introducing foreign language studies at an early age takes advantage of the developing brain's receptivity to acquiring new sounds and provides a jump-start to ongoing language capabilities. By the time students depart eighth grade, they are proficient in Spanish in the areas of communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.
The Preschool program is for children from three years of age to pre-kindergarten and is based on building vocabulary in accordance with specific units. The program introduces students to the language through the use of games, songs, and movement. Children who are three years old, in early childhood, have Spanish once a week for fifteen minutes, while those in Pre-K and kindergarten have class twice a week for 20 and 30 minutes respectively.
From first grade to fourth grade, Lower School uses a program called, “Descubre el Español” based on books by the editorial company Santillana. This program consists of eight units. Each unit is divided into four weeks. Additionally, each unit focuses on a specific Spanish-speaking country and provides information about its location, characteristics, and culture.
Students continue their language-learning adventure by progressing to the next level of Middle School Spanish. Throughout class instruction, students focus on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices that reinforce vocabulary and grammar.