Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits. Children who grow up learning a foreign language from a young age benefit tremendously. Children's brains are able to soak in a foreign language at an impressive rate and they are essentially able to learn to speak the language perfectly.
Our Spanish classes at Sacred Heart are taught by Mrs. Whitney Lingle.
Kindergarten - 2nd Grades:
These young students spend most of their class time learning conversational Spanish through songs, stories, and poems. They focus on proper pronunciation and new vocabulary in the following topics: weather and clothing, calendar, greetings, colors, numbers, family, and animals. They are able to follow commands and answer simple questions that are related to their home and school environment.
3rd - 5th Grades:
These students have developed listening, speaking, and writing skills in Spanish. They are able to:
- follow commands
- answer questions in complete sentences
- understand basic parts of speech and descriptions
- conjugated present tense verbs and complex subjects.
Their learning continues to be fun with songs, games and stories.
Middle School (6th - 8th Grades):
By the end of middle school students, these students are:
- using listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills in Spanish.
- asking and answer complex questions,
- reading passages in Spanish,
- learning new vocabulary/grammar concepts.
There is also much study of the cultures of Spanish-speaking nations involving group projects and verbal presentations. Most of our graduating 8th grade students transition easily into high school Spanish 2.