St. Catharine Spanish classes practice speaking, reading, writing, and listening in Spanish. We also explore Hispanic culture, including music, geography, traditions, and Faith.
Students in grades 3-8 use the Así se dice textbook. We explore Catholic prayers, family, school, home, food, and sports vocabulary, as well as -er, -ir, and -ar verbs. There are several homework assignments each week, and quizzes and assessments.
Through songs, stories, and creative work, students in grade 2 explore Spanish in themed units: greetings, colors, animals, numbers, foods, clothing, etc. We pay special attention to vocabulary that will come up later in the upper grades. They begin every class with the sign of the cross and a song to the child Jesus, Jesusito.
Online translators are not allowed in Spanish class. Students who use a translator will not meet the standard on the assignment. There is a list of vocabulary with translation, by chapter, on our class website. I will occasionally allow students to use an online Spanish dictionary to look up a word, but not to translate sentences. Spanish Dict can be useful in those instances: SpanishDict.com