¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español!

At the Colebrook School, Spanish instruction begins in the Kindergarten year. The language is presented at an age-appropriate level and pace, with the majority of instruction focusing on oral language development. Thus, in the early Primary years, most class work will be oral/aural.

From Kindergarten through 4th grade, children's brains are developing and the process of language acquisition changes as students begin to recognize words and read and write them. They learn to respond to questions with rote answers, eventually choosing answers from a mental “list” of choices that they acquire during these years. Studies show that this area of brain development closes by age 12.

As children enter the 5th grade, they begin to experience a change in the way they acquire/learn a second (foreign) language. They begin to memorize and translate Spanish words and phrases, and move away from the process of natural second language acquisition.

For many years, learning a second language was an educational experience offered only to older children, even though research has proven over and over that the ideal time for students to learn another language is at a younger age. Brain research shows that there are other benefits in learning a second language: an increase in higher order thinking skills (such as problem solving), an increase in English skills (writing and vocabulary), enhanced memory, and higher scores on standardized tests, in both English and Math.