Students in grades K/8 participate in weekly Spanish vocabulary and cultural lessons throughout the school year.
In the younger grades, Spanish is incorporated into morning circle. Through song, movement, and repetition, the students learn the days of the week, colors, numbers, and how to introduce themselves in the Spanish language. Other vocabulary words are introduced throughout the year.
Starting in 2nd grade, students participate in more formal Spanish lessons two to three times a week. An emphasis is placed on developing a conversational vocabulary. Students often work in pairs, practicing the pronunciation of vocabulary words, engaging in dialogue, or reading Spanish picture books aloud together. Older students learn to conjugate verbs, translate text, and utilize new vocabulary in class discussion. By the time students are ready to graduate from TLC, they have a firm understanding and appreciation of the Spanish language.