After-School Program

After-School Program
1.Description

This program is an opportunity to develop language skills in a natural setting, through play and exploration. Children get a chance to experiment with real-life scenarios. They learn essential vocabulary and appropriate responses for these situations. They learn about the world around them through thematic units of inquiry and level-based vocabulary. And of course, all conversation and instruction is in Spanish, so students receive the benefit of learning on multiple platforms.

We teach Spanish through everyday activities using various tools to generate conversations with our students. For younger students, this can mean simple songs, rhymes, and intonation patterns. As students mature and become more comfortable with the language, we use basic sentences and discussions about class activities. This establishes a natural flow of conversation and use of language. We find that learning is most successful when students can partake in activities they enjoy.

We plan to have a couple of field trips during the year. These may include going to a Mexican restaurant and/or supermarket and to visit a Spanish speaking family to encourage students to practice Spanish in a natural setting outside the classroom. Field trips take place during the student’s class day. Parents are asked to drop and pick up their child where the field trip takes place.

Individualizing curriculum based on each student’s interests allows learning to become natural, fun, and interesting. Students go beyond speaking their second language, and are fully immersed, thinking, learning, and exploring in Spanish. To recognize our students’ progress and class participation, they receive a personalized certificate of award and ribbon per semester.

We apply the K-W-L thinking strategy:

K = What we Know?
W = What do we Want to learn or What we Wonder?
L = What have we Learned?

Critical Thinking Skills:

  • I agree with …. because…
  • Why do you think that?
  • Can you explain what you mean?
  • Can you tell me more?
  • Can you give an example of that?
  • What ideas can you add to?
  • What solutions would you suggest for?
  • What is most important?
  • What do you think about?
  • How would you create /design a new?
  • How does …… compare with…… ?
  • What differences exist between…?

2.Schedule

After-School Weekday Classes: 3:30 – 5:00
Extended After-School Hours: 3:00-3:30 and 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

3.Class Levels

Beginning : 1-2 years of Spanish lessons
Continuing : 2-4 years of Spanish lessons
Intermediate : Can converse in Spanish (basically)
Advanced : Can converse in Spanish (fluently)

4.Homework

Parents are encouraged to purchase a book for home use. Students can work at their own-pace. We check their books during the last week of the same month. Homework is not required but highly recommended for class vocabulary review, learning progress and consistency.

5.Journals/Class Books

Similar to the portfolio approach, we use the Reggio Emilia approach to document children’s work-in-progress. This is viewed as an important tool in the learning process for children, teachers, and parents. Documentation is used as assessment of learning as well as advocacy.

6.Problem Solving

Children are natural problem solvers. We offer countless opportunities for children to grow in their problem-solving abilities. These important experiences help children learn to value different kinds of thinking, think logically and creatively, and take an active role in their world.

7.Class Outlines

Weekday 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Class
3:30 – 4:00 Outdoor Play/Indoor Play (Social Time)
Make connections with teachers and friends as students selectan activity of their choice in “Discovery” and “Wonder” areas.
4:00 – 4:45 Themes of Inquiry
Activities are focused on the themes introduced in class.Teachers encourage students to practice conversation anddevelop their language skills with each other.
4:45 – 5:00 Closing Time/Dismissal
Parents’ drift in and chat with the teachers about their classwhile the kids play.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
9:00 – 9:30 Independent Learning
Make connections with teachers and friends as students select
an activity of their choice in “Discovery” and “Wonder” areas.
9:30 – 10:00 Circle Time (Social Activity)
10:00 – 10:45 Themes of Inquiry
Activities are focused on the themes introduced in class.Teachers encourage students to practice conversation anddevelop their language skills with each other.
10:45 – 11:15 Outdoor Social Time/Snack Time
Teachers engage in student’s play to encourage them to speakSpanish with each other. Play outdoor games in Spanish.Snack is an important time for conversations and connections;teachers eat with the children and discuss children’s ongoingprojects, questions and reflections about their interests.
11:15 – 11:45 Writing and Reading Workshops/Language Arts
Oral language development and vocabulary. Reading andComprehension, using sounds and letters, develop writingskills related to the daily theme of inquiry.
11:45AM – 12:00 PM Closing Time/ /Dismissal
Parents’ drift in and chat with the teachers about their class
while the kids play.