Mucho Gusto Spanish classes are conducted in Spanish, with minimal English used when necessary to facilitate understanding.
0-5 year olds and their caregivers
4-5 year olds (drop-off)
6-9 year olds (drop-off)
Mucho Gusto participants vary in language background, from parents with little or no prior exposure to Spanish to those who are raising their children bilingually.
Each session is based around a collection of songs with overlapping themes and vocabulary. Songs include traditional Spanish songs, translations of familiar songs, and those composed specifically to teach Spanish. There is ample repetition of material to encourage familiarity with the language, but we also adapt the songs to introduce new vocabulary as the session progresses. While hearing the language, children make connections as they move their bodies, respond to visual aids such as puppets and pictures, and manipulate simple props.
It's never too early to learn a second language!
"I speak Spanish at home with my children, but during our three sessions with Laurie, my
four year old's use of and interest in speaking Spanish and listening to music in Spanish
increased dramatically. Laurie is always very aware of each child in the class and is in tune to
what they need and want to hear. When my mom asks what she should get the kids for holidays or
birthdays, I always tell her that we want a Spanish class with Laurie! The classes are always a
bonding experience for our family."
~Melissa Belmonte, Turners Falls
"We took our first Mucho Gusto class when Ali was around 1.5 years old. I was amazed at how
much fun we had and how much Spanish we learned while singing and playing. Laurie is an outstanding teacher filled with energy, creativity, and joy. Ali is now 6.5 years old and takes the Mas Mucho Gusto class on his own. He loves it! And once again, I'm amazed at how much Spanish he has learned so easily through creative games and activities. As a homeschooler, it's great for him to have this opportunity to learn another language in a fun, supportive environment with an excellent teacher."
~Beryl Hoffman, Florence