There is no better time to start learning a language that when you are young.
Languages are best learned in context, and languages are inherently about community. To provide context to our Spanish class, we will focus on one topic per week. Throughout the year, we will use Spanish-language picture books, songs, videos, and other fun activities during the weekly class. Links and materials will also be provided to the parents through email for students to prepare for class and continue practicing throughout the week.
Students of differing ability levels will learn from each other and from the teacher. Students will learn even more if they enroll in the class with siblings or friends.
Each year will have a different set of weekly themes, although many themes will carry from one year to the next. For instance, one year might include the solar system as the theme for one week, and the next year might include stars as a theme.
By engaging in fun activities about interesting topics, students will quickly start to acquire the language in a natural way.
Who Should Enroll?
Students with or without previous experience with Spanish
Students who wish to work toward fluency in Spanish in order to enrich themselves personally
Students who wish to prepare for Spanish courses in higher grades
Students in grades K-6
Materials and Technical Requirements
No textbooks or workbooks are required for this class. Throughout the year, practice materials will be provided to parents through weekly emails. Book, song, and game recommendations will periodically be made for interested students and parents.
High-speed internet is required for participating in weekly live class.
Parents will need access to email for weekly communication from the teacher.
Students will need access to a tablet or computer with a microphone in order to participate in online live classes each week.
Each week’s class will be approximately 45 minutes long, and will include activities such as reading stories, singing songs, and playing games. Each week will have a topic, such as family, vehicles, ecosystems, sports, fairy tales, and animals. Supplementary materials and suggested activities will be emailed to parents so that the students can practice throughout the week.
About the Teacher
Rachel Nance has extensive experience living and traveling in South and Central America. In addition to spending a year and a half in Bolivia, she has also visited Panama, Chile, Peru, El Salvador, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
Mrs. Nance has a degree in elementary education, with an emphasis in early childhood education. She taught elementary school for four years before having her own children. She has also taught children’s Spanish classes in her community, and has been working with her husband to teach Aim students for the past two years.
Mrs. Nance and her husband have five young children, and take a learning-by-doing approach to homeschooling them. They love the possibilities and adventures that homeschooling presents. They are helping their own children learn Spanish and American Sign Language.
Mrs. Nance collaborates with her husband to create activities for their website, https://www.mySpanishgames.com, including simply-animated songs and stories, video games, and more recently, board games, card games, and a mystery-by-mail series called Misterreos.