Mucho Gusto Spanish Spring Classes
March 7th to May 21st
Provided space is available, families may join mid-session at a prorated fee.
Please email Laurie at email@example.com to register mid-session.
To be added to the wait list for a full class, please email Laurie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spanish for children 0-5 and their parents
Songs, fingerplays, singing games and creative movement
Fun and accessible for all language levels, from beginners to bilinguals
11:30-12:15 (4-5 year old drop-off class)
The class follows a general rhythm, though the instructor adapts each unique
class to the ages, interests, and energy levels of the individual children and
the particular dynamic of each group. Sitting in a circle, we start each class
with our greeting song, Buenos días a todos aquí, followed by finger plays
and small body movements. Next we act out a song using individual felt cut-
outs or small toys to facilitate comprehension. Then we are ready to MOVE!
We play group circle games, then dance and move about the room, acting
out songs with our whole bodies, often using scarves, colored streamers, or
instruments. After movement, we wind down with a lullaby or mellow closing
song using gestures or picture cards. And finally, we end each class with our
goodbye song, Adios, amigos.
The 4-5 year old class is also built around a collection of songs, but we add cooperative games, stories, and dramatic retellings, a perfect transition for children who are ready for clearly defined expectations and structure.
Spanish for 6*-9 year olds
*If your child is between 5 and 6, please contact me to discuss which class format would be most appropriate.
Games, storytelling, drama, poems and songs (drop-off class)
This next level of Mucho Gusto Spanish includes songs and creative movement as well, but we encourage more independent oral production through games, storytelling and drama. Each session is organized around a theme to maximize repetition for vocabulary development. To accommodate a range of reading abilities, we also layer the written language into many of our activities through song charts, picture labels, and matching games.
Since many children in the group are coming straight from school or a long car ride, we often spend the first part of class moving. We incorporate our target vocabulary or review of previously introduced vocabulary into gross motor activities, including singing/movement games, duck, duck, goose, Simon says, or repeated movements while we count to ever higher numbers by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s.
Then we’re ready to settle down for some calmer games: concentration with vocabulary picture cards, composing silly sentences, passing and guessing games, introducing new poems or songs, or reading and retelling a story.
Finally, we break into pairs or small groups and play games to further practice the language: buying/selling games with picture cards, issuing (polite) commands to a partner, guessing games, or dramatizing a story.
Suggested home activities and games allow students to share their learning with their families and incorporate Spanish into their everyday lives. These are optional and can be completed according to each family’s schedule. Students have the opportunity to complete writing and drawing projects on our target theme. At the end of the session, we compile these into individual or class books.
Sibling fee: $110. Siblings under 12 months old: free.
Please email Laurie at email@example.com to register, including your child's name and age and the class you would like to sign up for in your email. I will confirm availability by email.
Once you receive confirmation that there is space in your selected class, please submit payment by check to Laurie Davidson, 56 Court Square, Montague, MA 01351.
Full payment with registration (payment plans and barters possible by prior arrangement with instructor).
Tuition is refundable before the 1st day of class minus $15. Refunds are not available after the 2nd class, but make-ups are allowed throughout the session. Please contact the instructor for a make-up class schedule.
Registration will be confirmed by phone or email.