Now that the first trimester assessments have been completed, it’s time for us to build upon our Spanish language instruction program. We are excited to announce that we will kick off a new program and schedule for our 1st and 2nd grade Spanish language instruction. Our next program of leveled instruction begins Monday, December 6th.
What does this mean, and what will this look like?
Grades 1 and 2 will be split into three groups for Spanish language arts. These groups are based on Spanish proficiency – reading, writing, and verbal achievement. The timeslot for this instruction has been moved to early afternoon, from 1:30 – 2:45. Each of our Spanish teachers will take a group of students – early learners (Maestra LaPorte), intermediate 1 (Maestro Miguel), and intermediate 2 (Maestra Mercedes). During this 75 minute timeslot, the students will work on Spanish language reading, writing, spelling, and speaking. By dividing our 1st and 2nd grade students among three teachers, our students will really thrive during this small-group time. Our students will be assessed during the next two weeks to help make sure each child is in the appropriate group for their skillset and language development. We may make some changes in early January to the grouping.
This change also means some schedule adjustments for all grades. Our 2nd grade class will now have English class with Maestra Maureen before and after lunch. Our 3rd and 4th grade class will have English at 1:30 while the other grades are having Spanish.
What about our 3rd and 4th grade class? There are no changes to this class’ Spanish instruction at this time. Mercedes has implemented a similar program in her classroom already and it has been quite successful. We are using this model and rolling it out school wide.
We are really excited about this next step in our program. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask either Maureen or Mercedes.