Our Mixing Program is off to a great start!
[To recap from last week: The Mixing Program is offered to 1st- 6th grades on Fridays from 12:45-2:35. It is compromised of three extracurricular classes, much like electives. This trimester we are offering Computer Programming, Spanish and P.E. Each class rotates to each of the mixing classes that has been specially designed for their appropriate grade level.]
Last week on the blog, we featured our Computer Programming Class, and this week we are featuring our Spanish Class!
A little about the curriculum…
Our Spanish class will be using “Pasaporte al Español” by Bob Jones University.
“Promoting meaningful, long-term use of Spanish through essential skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing, your students will build comprehension skills at the earliest levels. Demonstrating actions and conversational language with the “Garcia Family”, along with consistent workbook reading, helps children learn both the joy of language and study habits that will stay with them for future learning. There are 192 lessons in this easy to use program (teachers don’t need to be fluent!) with Choco the Hedgehog serving as a guide and participatory help. Teaching Charts explain geography, songs, Bible verses, etc. while Audio CDs include native speakers with songs; Read-Aloud books are filled with vocabulary and sentence structure (with colorful illustrations!) and the worktexts encourage retention through activity.”
Now lets talk about our amazing teacher, appropriately named Joy Linn, but known to our student’s as Señora Linn!
Señora Linn is mommy to SLOCS students, Hannah and Daniel Linn, and two future SLOCS students Nathan and Rose Linn. Señora Linn has SUCH a joyful heart, a passion for Jesus and teaching others about him, and she has a SUPER FUN personality to boot! We asked Señora Linn to answer a few questions about the herself and the curriculum she is using. Let’s hear what she had to say…
When did you first learn Spanish?
I learned Spanish from my high school teacher, Señora Oeste!
How has knowing Spanish been useful to you?
I find Spanish useful in the mundane things of life on a daily basis, feeling empowered to speak with any individual I meet, and understanding the language I hear in so many environments. The language is a great tool to minister to people in our area. My most grateful experience with Spanish has been the opportunities it creates to know other people, serve them and empower each individual through sharing life with them.
Tell us about the curriculum you are using.
I love our curriculum! I was determined to find a curriculum that used many learning styles and included songs and games. Then, Mrs Griffith inspired me to find a curriculum that included a Christ centered component. This has it all. Beautiful color worksheets (thank you Mrs Kasparoff), music, DVD lessons, a puppet, social stories, and the basics. It also has three levels worth of material so our children can continue to have fresh tools for learning year to year.
What do you hope the students will take away from your class?
I hope to
- Empower students in learning language.
Establish confidence in comprehending basic vocabulary.
Inspire students for the value of language.
Provide basic vocabulary to share love and the gospel in Spanish with Spanish speaking friends.
I’m thrilled to have this opportunity with the students at SLOCS. There is no greater joy than offering words that bring life, power, hope, inspiration and vision to young people with such great potential to shape and change our world.