"Red is rojo, blue is azul ..."
Spanish Begins in Kindergarten
The Spanish as a Foreign Language Program at BNS focuses on the development of communication skills and the joy of language learning. The kindergarten class is designed as an introductory course, with emphasis on oral language. The first and second grade classes are designed as a sequence where the emphasis continues to be oral, but with an introduction to written language (reading and writing).
The third and fourth grade classes are also designed as a sequence and see an increased emphasis on the written forms of the language and on the production and communication of the language. The main focus continues to be communication. The classes meet for one hour per week for Kindergarten to second grade, and one and a half hours per week for third and fourth grade.
And Continues into Middle School
By middle school, students are becoming increasingly comfortable with the spoken and written Spanish language. They practice reading, writing, and speaking and by the end of 8th grade will have received credit for high-school level Spanish I.
Students in grades 5-8 participate in our high school level Spanish program. Over a two-year course, 5th & 6th grade students complete high school Spanish I, followed by 7th & 8th grade students completing high school Spanish II.
Students entering BNS after 5th grade, will also participate in our Sunshine Spanish program, which is designed to support students who are newly entering this program.