“If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world”
The possibility of early bilingualism in children is considered one of the greatest assets in the development of cognitive processes. Not only does a bilingual brain operate differently, it also reaps benefits to impact the study of the mother tongue, recognizes and negotiates meaning in problem-solving, and serves as a medium for literacy tasks with superior linguistic and cognitive outcomes.
The latest research on Second Language Acquisition shows that the study of a second language actually increases the elasticity of the brain, broadens the cross-cultural understanding of the world, and improves the ability to learn other languages.
Our Spanish program embraces these ideas under a methodology that focuses on linguistic competence and linguistic performance. Our program articulates lively content with action, fun projects and activities that will allow our students to apply their Spanish skills as used by native speakers.
We count on a sequential comprehensive Spanish program, that covers the four years of Middle School instruction, with the support of the latest technology to accelerate the learning process and enhance class environment.
We look forward to sharing this new approach with the involvement of enthusiastic parents and all the SGS dedicated community.
Grisel M Pibida M.S.
Some Ideas for our Parents
- Encourage your child to teach you any word learnt in class.
- Watch Spanish TV.
- Listen to and sing songs in Spanish together.
- Invite your child to browse the Spanish section in bookstores.
- Consult and/or cook Spanish recipes.
- Take your child to a Spanish restaurant and encourage her to order the meal in Spanish.
- Praise your child on her classwork and homework.
- Be on the alert for Spanish exhibitions at museums or cultural/musical shows.
- Search for online magazines and other interesting reading material on topics of interest: the environment, recycling, crafts, cooking, celebrations, party themes, fashion, traveling, etc.
- Offer your help whenever possible.
Some ideas for our Students
- Improve on binder management skills by placing the material in the correct sequence.
- Do not trash anything until school is over.
- Take pride in your work: always neat and tidy, and in your clearest handwriting.
- Don’t panic. If you can’t remember at first, try and try again. The average number of times to repeat and remember a word is 8.
- Make sure you know what was done the previous class before going to the next class. Twenty minutes will do.
- Discover your learning style. Ask yourself “How am I planning to remember all this?”
- Be ready for each class. Bring your binder, books and writing utensils always. Laptops only when instructed.
- Feel proud about learning a foreign language. No one will ever ask you to learn anything harder than this.
- Don’t get discouraged. A language does not come that automatically.
- Don’t be scared about making mistakes. Communication is more important than perfection.
- Bring your best self to class. A cheerful attitude is the best learning mode.
- Enjoy classroom activities!
LINKS TO PUBLISHING HOUSES
LINKS TO CHILDREN’S MAGAZINES
LINKS TO SCIENCE MAGAZINES
COOKING RECIPES FOR KIDS
Disclaimer: these websites have been thoroughly checked, however, it is highly recommended that parents run the information through before downloading it. Thank you.
TRADITIONAL SPANISH RECIPES
PRACTICE YOUR SPANISH ONLINE FOR KIDS
NUESTRA BIBLIOTECA ¿Qué leemos?
Our Spanish Library
El carnaval de Tenerife
El Conde Lucanor
La leyenda de El Dorado
Francisco de Goya
En busca del amigo desaparecido
Felicia y Odicia
El misterio de la llave
El sombrero de tres picos
El Quijote de La Mancha
Una mano en la arena