The Spanish program at CMH is offered. In addition to learning the Spanish language, all groups will learn about some important celebrations in Spanish-speaking countries. These lessons include a description of the celebration and hands-on activities and serve the purpose of reinforcing awareness of Hispanic culture and traditions from South America, Central America and Spain.
Children in the Pre-Primary program attend Spanish class one day a week. They learn basic vocabulary like colors, numbers, shapes, farm animals, seasons of the year, family members, basic parts of the house, and some food. Many different learning materials are used for the classes such as pictures, small animals, fruits, books, and coloring pages. They enjoy singing songs in Spanish.
Children at the Junior Elementary level attend Spanish once a week. The vocabulary they practice is similar to that described for Pre-Primary but at a more advanced level. They begin learning basic grammatical rules like the use of articles, and gender usage, adjectives, and simple verbs. They start practicing good pronunciation and asking simple questions.
1st and 2nd level Seniors attend once a week for 45 minutes and 3rd level Seniors attend for 90 minutes. They continue to practice and build on previously acquired skills. They begin the use of verb conjugation in present tense and grammar rules, making complete sentences and reading them. They have homework every week and are able to use a web program to practice by playing games with the vocabulary learned at class. Seniors make a Spanish presentation once a year. Depending on the level, students might perform a song or develop a project assigned by the Spanish teacher.