Welcome to Spanish at Highland Park.
Thank you for sharing your children with me. I look forward to a fun and exciting year of working with Highland Park Scotties!
The Spanish Enrichment Program at Highland Park introduces students to Spanish and the Spanish-speaking culture. I hope to encourage students to pursue the study of Spanish, gaining a familiar understanding of it in order to help them as they progress to middle and high school.Highland Park parents and faculty established the Spanish program in the Spring of 1992 because of a belief in the linguistic and cultural value of studying a second language, and of beginning the study in school as soon as possible. A Spanish exposure curriculum is offered at Highland Park for students in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade. Students receive one Spanish lesson per week of approximately 30-45 minutes.
There are four goals of the Highland Park Spanish program:
- Communication – the student communicates in Spanish
- Cultures – the student gains knowledge and understanding of other cultures
- Connections – the student connects with other disciplines and acquires information
- Comparisons – the student develops insight into the nature of language and culture
The curriculum is organized around content areas, including the alphabet, home, family, classroom objects, body parts, animals, physical states, weather, seasons, nature, telling time, months of the year, food, cognates, opposites, clothing, likes and dislikes, geography of Spanish-speaking countries, Hispanic heritage, and holiday celebrations, to name a few.