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Sonrisas Spanish School: An Early Childhood Spanish Language Curriculum offers a complete program for teaching Spanish to elementary students pre-K through third grade. It is ideal for teachers doing FLES programs, home school parents/teachers, or anyone teaching Spanish to children. This program includes: an entire year of structured lessons with a complete explanation of how to use the curriculum, a combination of stories, art, dance, and Spanish music that appeals to the multiple intelligences, a Spanish language music CD for children, with accompanying lyrics, that supports each lesson in the book, detailed, easy-to-follow Lesson Plans and Art Projects that save you valuable time planning, useful assessment tools including Home Reports and an authentic assessment form, and a proven methodology that combines pedagogical approaches such as The Natural Approach, Total Physical Response, and Waldorf techniques that teach to the National K-12 Foreign Language Standards. By appealing to each student's strengths through song, dance, reading, and art projects, Sonrisas Spanish School helps you create an environment in which language acquisition begins to thrive.
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Sonrisas Spanish School was founded in 1996 by Blue Lindner after she became interested in combining her experience as a bilingual/ESL elementary teacher and her experience teaching at the Austin Waldorf School to teach Spanish. Blue's husband Brooks, also a certified bilingual/ESL elementary teacher, soon joined her, and Sonrisas Spanish School grew rapidly from 12 students at one neighborhood school to more than 100 students at multiple schools in the Austin area. The curriculum that Blue and Brooks created and used in their Spanish classes proved to be very successful. The combination of ESL techniques and Waldorf techniques addressed the specific ways that children actually acquire language. The results were phenomenal not only were the students learning Spanish, but they loved Spanish class and looked forward to it. Noting a lack of curriculum for teaching Spanish at the early childhood level, Blue and Brooks decided to publish their curriculum in order to share their success with other Spanish teachers. Sonrisas Spanish School: An Early Childhood Spanish Language Curriculum offers a complete program for teaching Spanish to early childhood aged students. Sonrisas Spanish School is committed to providing quality curriculum and teacher training for early childhood Spanish teachers. Blue and Brooks Lindner live and teach in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. They have two children, Pitcher and Elsa.Review:
The parents love the weekly reports showing what the children have learned during the week and what can be done at home to reinforce the lessons. The children love the fun games and songs they have learned in class. I love the CD; it is a wonderful way to support the Sonrisas curriculum and the children's language learning experience. - Yvonne Darrah Steckel, Co-chair, Spanish committee, Gullett Elementary, Austin I.S.D. Congratulations Brooks and Blue Lindner! You have developed a wonderful Spanish curriculum that puts the fun back into learning for children and adults! - Koren Bowie, parent As a first-time teacher of Spanish to young children, I was looking for help! This curriculum gave me everything I needed to plan well-structured lessons for my students. And the results were extraordinary. The kids were having so much fun, they didn't even realize how quickly they were acquiring Spanish. - Sharon Fillion, teacher --testimonials
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