CULTIVATING A LOVE OF LANGUAGE LEARNING
Open Window School's lower school Spanish program is designed to ignite a lifelong passion for language learning. Rooted in the belief that language is a bridge to cultures, our exploratory program introduces students to Spanish with vibrant stories, music, and games. Our curriculum resonates with student needs, interests, and daily lives, fostering the development of essential speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills in Spanish.
Spanish in the Primary Grades: Building Foundations
Young learners journey through story-driven units focused on a variety of topics that include animals, colors, numbers, feelings, family, weather, clothing, and community places. Movement, music, and play are key components of class time. This phase lays the groundwork for confident speaking and understanding, introducing them to the magic of language as they begin their language learning experience.
Spanish in the Intermediate Grades: Deepening Connections
In third and fourth grades, students delve further into the Spanish language. Thematic units encompassing body parts, food, sports, hobbies, school, music, and homes enrich their language skills. Here, the focus expands to include a greater emphasis on building reading comprehension and writing skills, preparing them for more advanced language studies in middle school. Students self-assess their proficiency levels in reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the conclusion of their K-4 Spanish experience using the Avant STAMP (Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency) test.