Beginning in Lower Elementary students begin with basic word recognition matching them with object cards, similar to the Primary students when learning to read. As they progress Spanish is taken out into the woods to identify trees and animals and into cooking classes and book reports. By the time the students get to the Intermediate program they are comfortable carrying on conversations and writing reports in Spanish.
Hear more about the Spanish program in the videos below.
"Butler has taught me many life skills that a public school wouldn't...how to plan a trip with an itinerary - in English and Spanish - and how to disagree with someone politely."
Spanish Specialist, Senora Castillo, talks about the Spanish program at the Lower Elementary level, (grades 1-3)
Spanish Specialist, Senora Castillo, talks about the Spanish program at the Upper Elementary level, (grades 4-6)
Here is an example of how the Intermediate students practice Spanish. At this level speaking Spanish is a regular occurrence in many of their daily activities; Community Lunch, Micro-economy, Peace & Immigration Studies and Class Trips.