Spanish language instruction is given by Doctor Glenda Snavely and is offered to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Instruction is given once a week for students in 1st through 4th grades. Students in 5th grade and above meet for Spanish lessons twice a week.
Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades
During class time Dr Snavely's young students learn simple prayers, numbers, the alphabet, colors, days of the week, months of the year and other basic Spanish vocabulary.
Third grade Spanish represents a significant advance. The focus of the class involves expanding the vocabulary and the reading ability of students. Students begin to practice simple conversations. A Spanish textbook and workbook are part of the third grade curriculum. Culture appreciation of different Spanish speaking countries is emphasized.
4th and 5th Grades
Intermediate grade Spanish students learn more complicated vocabulary and how to utilize learned vocabulary in conversations and in writing. Reading comprehension of the Spanish language and verb conjugations in the present tense which impacts writing ability in Spanish are taught. Students learn about the Spanish culture through reading, videos, and dancing.
Middle School students continue to expand their vocabulary using note cards and memorization. Sixth graders learn how to conjugate Spanish infinitives, ar, er, and ir verbs and develop more sophisticated language skills by practicing conversations.
Students are graded on both vocabulary and grammar in Seventh grade as well as learn preterite tense conjugations and expand their vocabulary. Older students write short conversations and paragraphs using familiar vocabulary learned from previous years. Prayer and songs are conducted in Spanish and students learn traditional Spanish dances.
In eighth grade, Spanish students are preparing for high school. Students are expected to read and comprehend the cultural sections of the textbook which are written in Spanish. Grammar and vocabulary development continue to be emphasized.