Play-based curriculum in Spanish
Children are engaged in an atmosphere of play. The learning environment is similar to a birthday party: the children learn without ever really thinking that they are being taught Spanish.
In a day at Smartypants, children will rotate through 25-30 minute hands-on language-rich activities in centers taught in a language introductions setting. Children will prepare and eat a snack in Kitchen activities, play “cat and mouse” in Games activities, build a toy catapult in Shop activities, make a piñata in Art activities, play kickball in Gym activities, and act out Jack and the Beanstalk in Drama. Each activity center provides a different setting needed for children to learn a wide variety of vocabulary and grammar through practice without even being aware that they are learning it. There are no language exercises, memorization drills, worksheets, or dialogues.
Beyond Spanish Immersion
Small group sizes. Group sizes are kept to a maximum of 9 children in beginning levels so that each child can receive individual attention necessary to practice skills throughout the day’s activities.
Trained teachers. Trained teachers model the language that children need to say throughout each activity so the children are able to start practicing Spanish from the very first day.
Research based. Our language system uses Basic Mobilizing Concepts identified through years of research that speed up the language-learning process that quickly gives children speaking proficiency in areas of communication most important to the child.
Fun activities. Because this is an intro to Spanish, activities are fun and interesting enough to keep the children’s attention. At Smartypants preschool we have hundreds of hands-on activities and a method for optimizing those activities for language-learning for young children.