St. Thomas Academy believes that providing an opportunity for students to learn a second language in elementary school opens the door a life long interest in language development. The Academy has adopted the Calico Spanish curriculum, which gives an incredible foundation for teaching Spanish. The curriculum was structured by teachers so that students would have the opportunity to learn Spanish in a fun environment. Children absorb the language through observing gestures, visual aids, and demonstrations. They comprehend Spanish throughout various activities by using audio cues, visual aids and actions to stimulate their brains' language acquisition centers.
Our goal is to have students have fun while learning Spanish!
Concepts and vocabulary are presented and reiterated throughout each lesson. Interactive activities and sentence frames give each student opportunities to express unique ideas in Spanish. Students are equipped with solid foundational Spanish skills. By making Spanish fun, students are comfortable using their acquired language skills and are responsive with full sentences and independent ideas.