Offered in July & August at our Discovery in Motion Center in Newton, MA
Mondays - Fridays, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Our Spanish summer programs provide an opportunity for children three to seven years of age to begin to learn and practice Spanish in an immersive and cultural context. Children sing, make music, play games, craft, and prepare food as the themes change weekly. Children develop confidence and improve social skills through sharing and group activities in a highly social and participatory setting.
This program provides not only a structured class full of ideas and activities for you to do with your children but also provides a music CD to extend the learning experience to your home.
Native speakers conduct classes fully in Spanish, using a variety of teaching aids including miming, American Sign Language, role -play, puppets, instruments, songs, dance and more.
Class curricula changes weekly, as does the original music used each day. Themes included everyday items such as colors, shapes, food, simple commands, etc. as well as Latin-American themes including rhythms & music, instruments,indigenous animals, foods, etc. All class materials are provided, and children are grouped with others of a similar age. Healthy snacks are also provided on the days we are not preparing native, Latin-American food.
The hourly breakdown of a typical day can be seen on the Daily Schedule PDF.
Days run from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, with an option to remain until 5:00 PM. Please drop off and pick up children promptly at Discovery in Motion at 991 Boylston Street (Rt. 9) in Newton. For safety, please use the back (main) door located in the parking lot in rear of the building.
Please contact us to register three or more children. A registration form is required from each family. Please fill out the registration form and email it to Classes @ ABCSpanishInMotion.com, snail mail it, or bring it to the first day of class.
Here's the weekly syllabus of the things we'll learn and do. Lot's of fun, and lots of learning!
Week 1: Take to the Sea! / ¡Vamos al Mar! (July 1-3,5)
This week is a 4-day week due to the Thursday, July 4 holiday.
Children will be exposed to native foods, music, animals and beautiful seaside sites of the Spanish-speaking world. We'll travel to the Caribbean, the Galapagos and Patagonia to contrast the inhabitantsof these varied climates. As pirates we'll explore the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and learn aboutLonesome George, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, penguins, dolphins, orcas, marine Iguanas, and seals in theirhabitats. Students will learn to locate some of these animals’ countries on the globe. Children will maketheir own marine masterpieces, with recycled materials (as much as possible) to help children learn to preserve nature. Children will return home singing songs written to honor the marine environments andanimals of the Americas.
Week 2: Little Chefs / Pequeños Cocineros (July 8-12)
Children will delight wonderful dishes from the Americas. The target vocabulary will be table and kitchen words. Table manners will be taught. Children will discover new science, math, health, social skills and cultural awareness through our hands-on cooking of Central and South American cuisine. We'll make guacamole, arepas, quesadillas and the sweet and yummy Cuban rice pudding (arroz con leche). Children will measure, squeeze, and mix ingredients while singing traditional songs from Latin-America. Students will also plant various legumes to better understand the process of nature. We will count them and emphasis their diversity through differentiating colors and shapes.
Week 3: Let's Go Camping! / ¡Vamos a Acampar! (July 15-19)
This week's "Campers" (students) will create an outdoor scene, converting the classroom into an artful space full of mountains, rivers, lakes, forests and beaches. Students will read and sing inside a unique tent they will design with recycled materials, helping to instil environmental sensitivity and a desire to conserve. We will be camping in magical places in the Caribbean, Guatemala, The Amazon and in the beautiful Andean regions of South America. We'll study the diverse fauna we will encounter through our camping trip (including a surprise visit of real 'wild' animals brought to us by Curious Creatures. Children act out camping activities as well as creating items for outdoor use such as kites and fishing rods.
Week 4: Carnival, Circus, and Fiesta! / ¡Carnaval, Circo, y Fiesta! (July 22-26)
This week dancers, musicians and magicians will visit in full costume to teach, sing and dance in a Carnival parade! Children will explore various vibrant rhythms from the Americas. There will be an instrument ‘petting zoo’, where children will be able to handle and play percussion instruments. We’ll also build our own instruments from recycled materials, and at the end of the week we’ll put on a show! We will celebrate Carnaval and the magical life of a circus. Children are welcome arrive dressed for the occasion. We’ll explore the life of magicians, trapeze artists, ballerinas, and animals of the circus.
Week 5: On the Farm / En la Granja (July 29 - Aug 2)
Children will enjoy learning the Spanish names of farm animals as we turn our classroom into a farm! Students will work together like bees (abejas) as we build a barn, stables, and a home for each animal. Through song, role-play, and Total Physical Response (TPR) storytelling, students will learn about each animal, its needs, and why it has a place on the farm (provides milk, eggs, wool, etc.). We'll examine the different animals found on different farms through the Americas and the Spanish-speaking world. To make the learning first-hand, a live 'petting zoo' will be brought to the class with fluffy and cuddly animals for children to observe and touch.
Week 6: When I Grow Up / Cuando Sea Grande (August 5-9)
This week children will ask the question "What do I want to be when I grow up?" Children will build, explore and contrast different sceneries to explore professions. For what they will go on a trip and meet with campesinos and natives of the Americas to more urban professions we encounter every day. Children will build, explore and contrast different sceneries depicting these professions. We will build a community of helping professionals seen in today's multi-cultural neighborhoods. Children will learn that a community can be small, with only a few buildings and residents, or large, modern cities. Students in our recreated community will each other by offering goods and services. We'll earn the importance of being bilingual in a multi-cultural community, and will learn how to bridge cultures and differences when we are bilingual. During the week, the class will be visited by individuals of various professions to show how each is helping his and her communities every day.
Week 7: Protecting the Planet / Protejamos a la Naturaleza (August 12-16)
This week extra-terrestrials will visit and take the class on a tour through the solar system. Friendly space aliens and children will blast off in a spaceship to learn about planets and the cosmos. The aliens don’t quite understand the concept of conservation and will try to make our planet duty, but the children will teach them about earth and nature. During their time together, astronauts and children will take the extra-terrestrials on an expedition through the Americas to show them amazing foods, scenes and habitats from tropical islands, wide plains, rainforest jungles, and to the Andes mountains. The humans and aliens will work together to protect endangered species. Children will teach the other-wordly visitors the names of many American nations and learn ways to live on the Earth sustainably. By the end of the week-long visit, the extraterrestrials will depart, leaving a green and healthy planet.
Week 8: Changing Seasons, Changing Colors / El Cambio de Estaciones, El Cambio de los Colores (August 19-23)
Children will explore the changing seasons of the year as well as animals found throughout the varying climates found in the Americas. Children will learn how seasons differ throughout the American continents. Patagonia, for instance, shivers with winter in July while enjoying summer in January. We'll also explore seasons and climates in the Caribbean, Amazon and Andean regions. We’ll become familiar with the diverse animals of varying habitats through the Americas and the Spanish-speaking world. While exploring each regions seasons, students will craft thematic items, including iconic seasonal images such as scarecrows and snowmen!