Welcome to the Spanish Program at Lake Forest Charter Elementary!
The Elementary Spanish Program at Lake Forest Charter offers students Spanish instruction once a week. The program goals are:
• To develop higher cognitive skills
• To promote global awareness and cross-cultural understanding
• To increase functional proficiency in all aspects of the language with each year of study
• To enhance the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in English and Spanish
Each lesson consists of three segments: Circle Time, Story Time and Art Time. These three segments together with the greeting song at the beginning and the goodbye song at the end provide a consistent structure and routine for every lesson. Activities in Circle Time consist of calendar activities, singing songs and a reviewing vocabulary from previous lessons. Children love to hear a good story. Story Time is an opportunity for students to use their imaginations to connect to authentic Spanish through the story-telling experience. Sometimes the story is in Spanish and English, other times only in Spanish. During Art Time, students use Spanish in a hands-on, creative setting. Lessons are taught in Spanish for the entire class period. Classes are fun and involve a variety of learning modes to include every type of learner. Students are introduced to new vocabulary through a variety of modes like flashcards, songs and kinesthetic movement. After the Art project or writing activity follows a review to wrap up the lesson. As the Spanish teacher leaves, the students are transitioned back to their regular classroom activities.