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Why We Exist

At Sombrero Time we are passionate about helping children build opportunity! We recognize that second language learning not only develops a child’s cognitive ability and self confidence, but is also essential for academic achievement in the 21st century.

Sombrero Time was formed because we recognize the barriers keeping many children from learning a second language:

With these things in mind we have developed a system of Services and Products which deliver flexible and effective language solutions for primary grade students and schools.  Everything we do is tested and refined in our Education Facility located in Granite Bay, CA ensuring our methodology, curriculum and products help students develop what we call “functional language skills”.  In order to mobilize a second language effectively students need to develop the ability to listen, read, write AND speak in Spanish.

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Our History

  • June /
    2006

    2006-Garage Startup

    Finding nothing that met our requirements for a well rounded yet fun and engaging language program we decided to offer free Spanish lessons to the kids in our neighborhood.

  • Sept /
    2007

    Sombrero Time is born at Oakhills Elementary School

    We introduce a language program to help K-6 students develop functional language skills. We open our first class at Oakhills Elementary School in Granite Bay, CA. Curriculum development begins…

  • Sept /
    2008

    Sierra Elementary School

    We form a partnership to help Sierra Elementary enhance their Language program as part of their International Baccalaureate “Language B” requirements which led to all students learning Spanish using Sombrero Time Curriculum and Methodology.

  • March /
    2009

    Granite Bay Education Facility Opens, Loomis Basin Charter Partnership Formed

    Sombrero Time offers language programs to the community at large at a newly built education facility. Loomis Basin Charter School hires Sombrero Time to enhance their Spanish program. Sombrero Time teachers provide instruction four days per week for Kinder-8th grades. All instruction is embedded into the instructional day and delivered completely in Spanish.

  • Oct /
    2010

    Our Customer Base Grows

    Sombrero Time adds Brighton Schools, Granite Bay Montessori and Elementary Schools in the Loomis Union School district as new customers.

  • Feb /
    2011

    Curriculum Publishing Project, continued growth

    After observing great results of our curriculum we begin the publishing process with a goal of impacting language learners everywhere! Natomas Charter School is added as our newest customer.

  • July /
    2012

    First Product Sale, PD offered to Spanish teachers

    We sell the first unit our first curriculum product, “Spanish Classroom in a box”. We begin to offer Professional Development to Spanish teachers in the Sacramento region.

  • Dec /
    2013

    Completion of our 6 level curriculum system! A HUGE milestone!

    Sombrero Time continues to experience recognition and exciting growth due to curriculum and training sales.

Our Team

Meet Our Team

Owners
Teachers
Advisors
  • Ruth Finsthwait

    President and CEO

    As president of Sombrero Time, Ruth leverages her strengths as a leader to oversee the creation of curriculum, program implementation and professional development services. Ruth holds a Masters Degree in Special Education and is a credentialed bilingual teacher. She has extensive experience diagnosing learning disabilities and developing learning strategies.

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  • David Finsthwait

    Chief Operating Officer

    As Chief Operating Officer at Sombrero Time Dave manages company operations and strategic development. David holds a B.S. degree in Kinesiology and has extensive background in business working for Silicon Valley firms such as Adobe and Cisco Systems.

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  • Amanda

    Mexico

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  • Angie

    Columbia

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  • Arlene

    Mexico

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  • Carol

    Chile

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  • Carolina

    Chile

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  • Clarisa

    Dominican Republic

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  • Fatima

    El Salvador

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  • Linda

    Venezuela

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  • Vilma

    Costa Rica

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  • Salud

    Spain

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  • Paul Carrol

    Paul B. Carroll is a business writer and consultant. He spent 17 years at the Wall Street Journal, including nearly three as the bureau chief in Mexico City. The paper nominated him twice for the Pulitzer Prize; he was a finalist once. Paul has written two business books, including a best-seller on IBM, and is working on two more. His 2008 book, "Billion-Dollar Lessons," is the basis for his consulting work. As a founder of the Devil's Advocate Group, Paul "stress tests" corporate strategies.

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  • Joan Jarman

    Joan is bilingual/bilcultural with 20 years of educational experience having been a teacher, elementary/secondary school administrator and leader in curriculum development.  In addition to working as a Latin America Coordinator for an international non-profit, Joan is part of Sombrero Time's advisory team in curriculum development, teacher training, and data-aligned instruction.

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  • Steve Beck

    Steve Beck, a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years experience in venture capital, technology and consumer brands, has helped build companies from concept to IPO. In addition to his career, Steve participates in philanthropic efforts. He is a past board member of Theological Seminary Northern California, and has worked with City Team Oakland, Shepherd’s Gate and International Justice Mission.

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Our Classes

List of available classes

Summer Session Registration is Now Open! Click the Summer Session Link Below for Details or HERE to Register!

 

Private Programs

Sombrero Time offers quality Spanish language instruction and tutoring taught by highly trained native Spanish speaking instructors.  We have two locations in Placer County:

  • Sombrero Time Education Facility, Granite Bay–We have built a fun, save and immersive learning environment where  language instruction is offered to the community. Our education facility (click HERE to take a tour) offers two spacious classrooms uniquely designed for our programs.
  • Sierra Elementary School, Rocklin–Sombrero Time has developed a wonderful partnership with this International Baccalaureate elementary school. Private Spanish classes are also offered at Sierra Elementary School in Rocklin, CA. If you are local to the area feel free to drop by and observe any of our classes.
  • CLASS REGISTRATION – Select a class from the menu below, review all class details and press the “Click HERE to Register” button

  • Why Sombrero Time?  Watch this cool Video to find out! 

 

Spanish Immersion Classes – Granite Bay

These immersive classes cater to the Spanish language student seeking to produce life lasting results. Classes are held 4 days per week, Tuesday-Friday and follow the EUSD calendar from September through May. All materials are included with class registration and discounts are provided for families with multiple students.

 

Sombrero Time Summer Session is a great way to expose your beginner to intermediate K-5  language learner to Spanish while experiencing an Immersive International Travel Adventure.   Each week students  visit a different Spanish speaking country such as Spain, Costa Rica and Mexico to learn about each country’s unique Geography, Wildlife, Music, Dance, Lifestyle, Games, Food and Traditions.  Expect students to come away with a new appreciation of Latin culture, an understanding of international travel, new Spanish vocabulary, songs and a few new dance moves.  All this is delivered by our native speaking and highly trained teachers who know how to make the learning fun while engaging students completely in Spanish (immersion).

Summer Session Dates: June 9-July 25, 2014:

  • Week 1 - 6/09, 6/11, 6/13
  • Week 2 - 6/16, 6/18, 6/20
  • Week 3 - 6/23, 6/25, 6/27
  • Week of July 1 Off
  • Week 4 - 7/7, 7/09, 7/11
  • Week 5 - 7/14, 7/16, 7/18
  • Week 6 - 7/21, 7/23, 7/25

Schedule: 

  • AM Session: 10:30-12pm, M, W, F
  • PM Session: 1:00-2:30pm, M, W, F

Summer Session Cost:

  • AM Session - $299 (90min, $16/session)
  • PM Session - $299 (90min, $16/session)
  • Sibling Discounts - $20 per additional sibling AM or PM Session

Additional Details:

  • Classes will be divided between K-2 graders & 3-5 graders
  • 20 students max per session
  • Notification of student absence is not required
  • Cancelation Policy - Registrations canceled BEFORE May 1, 2014 will be issued a 50% refund. Refunds will NOT be issued after May 1, 2014.

Prerequisites:

  • Class is geared for beginner to intermediate language learners (0-3 years of Spanish)
  • K-5 grade students as of fall 2014

Format:

  • 18 x 90 minute classes offered over the Summer Session
  • Drop in – Come to class as it works on your summer schedule.   No need to call ahead
  • Students will work in groups by age and level
  • Click HERE to view a sample week of activities (2013 summer session)

Why should my student register for Summer Session?

  • It’s a great way to build momentum over the summer break
  • Second language learning requires a consistent instruction
  • Taking the entire summer off is not conducive to long term success
  • It’s a simple way to ensure continued language learning
  • Class is built around having fun and building confidence in Spanish
  • At $16 per class what do you have to lose?
  • We offer a Fun, Save and Immersive place to learn Spanish

Click HERE to Register

Time: 7:50-8:35 am *

Days: Tuesday-Friday

Class Schedule: 9/2/2014-5/29/2015 following the EUSD calendar

Registration Fee: $49 per student covers workbooks and class supplies for the year

Tuition: $194/month per student

Sibling Discounts:  A Sibling discount of $20 is available for each additional student

Click HERE to Register

* Start time subject to change pending the new EUSD bus and bell schedule

Time: 3:15-4:00 p.m. *

Days: Tuesday-Friday

Class Schedule: 9/2/2014-5/29/2015 following the EUSD calendar

Registration Fee: $49 per student covers workbooks and class supplies for the year

Tuition: $194/month per student

Sibling Discounts:  A Sibling discount of $20 is available for each additional student

Click HERE to Register

* Start time subject to change pending the new EUSD bus and bell schedule

Give your child a great head start in this prep class for Spanish 1.  Kinder Spanish is taught with our same immersion philosophy and curriculum but is paced for younger students.  Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays following the EUSD calendar September through May.  For those mobile parents that would like to stay and work while your student is in class we have free WiFi access in our reception area.

Time: 2:00-2:45 p.m. *

Days: Tuesday and Thursday

Class Schedule: 9/2/2013-5/29/2015 following the EUSD calendar

Tuition: $129/month

Registration fee: $49-Covers class room materials for the year

Sibling Discounts:  A Sibling discount of $20 is available for each additional student

Click HERE to Register

* Start time subject to change pending the new EUSD bus and bell schedule

Sombrero Time is an approved vendor for Visions, Horizon and South Sutter Charter.  We offer customized language learning classes designed to meet the needs of Home School families. We understand the need for flexibility in your busy schedule and offer flexible class times to make it easy. Home School Spanish is offered twice per week for 60 minutes for small groups of 5 – 12 students. Classes are held at our Granite Bay Education Facility from 9-10am Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Format: Spanish Immersion – No English spoken in class!

  •  2 x 60 minutes lessons per week
  • Groups of 5-12 students
  • Students work in groups by age and level
  • Academically based using progressive curriculum
  • All students receive a workbook

Tuition: $125 per month/student
Registration Fee” $25 per student

Fall 2013-14 Class Schedule:

All Home School Classes are on Tuesdays & Thursdays and run on the Eureka Union School District Calendar.  Click HERE to download the calendar.

  • Grades K-4, 9-10am
  • Grades 5-8, 9-10am

Start Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014-May 29, 2015

Click HERE to Register

Sombrero Time Personalized Spanish Tutoring sessions are designed to meet the needs of students from K-12 at any level of language development. Each session is scheduled with one of our native speaking instructors.  We can accommodate groups from 1-4 students.  All sessions are conducted at the Sombrero Time education facility in Granite Bay.

Cost/Session:

  • 1 student: $50/45 minute session
  • 2 students: $70/45 minute session
  • 3 students: $90/45 minute session
  • 4 students: $110/45 minute session

Customized Instruction:

Cost – 1 student: $70/60 minute session.

Tutoring Hours

Tuesday -Friday, 4:15-5pm & 5:15-6:pm

Call or email us to schedule a appointment:

Phone: 916-934-6223

Click HERE to send us an email

Billing and Cancellation Policies:

  • Should you need to cancel or reschedule a tutoring session 24 hour advance notification is required.

  • Cancellations should be emailed to tutoring@sombrerotime.com

  • Same day cancellations will be billed at the full tutoring rate

  • Tuition will be billed on the first of each month for that month’s scheduled appointments

  • School holidays are automatically taken into consideration and will not be billed

  • Cancellation Credit – If you need to cancel an appointment, and do so with at least 24 hours advance notice, a credit will be posted to your account and automatically applied the following month.

  • Payment can be made via credit card or Electronic Check

Transportation for Ridgeview and Oakhills students is available in the morning from our facility to the school campus and from the school campus in the afternoon to our facility.   Simply purchase a one way bus pass from the EUSD and indicate the stop at Brackenburry Way and Hampton Ct on the form.  This stop is 150 feet from our facility.  Students are walked to and from the stop by instructors to ensure safe loading and unloading.

Click HERE to link to the EUSD Transportation Page and the bus pass forms.

Spanish Classes – Sierra Elementary School

Our immersive classes cater to the Spanish language student seeking to produce life lasting results. Classes are held on campus at Sierra Elementary School 4 days per week, Tuesday-Friday and follow the RUSD calendar from September through May. All materials are included with class registration and discounts are provided for families with multiple students.

Sombrero Time offers Spanish for Kinder students at Sierra Elementary.  Similar to our after school program, Kinder Spanish will run shortly after the normal Kindergarten class,  4 days/week, Tuesday-Friday from 11:35-12:20pm.  Each session is 45 minutes and will be conducted by one of our highly trained native speaking instructors.  The format will include immersive Spanish instruction, games, dance and songs to make it fun and engaging.

Weekly Schedule and Logistics

11:10am – Sierra Elementary Kinder Ends.

Logistics Note – Kinder students buddy up with a First grade student and walk together to the MP room for lunch.  During the first week of Kinder Spanish a Sierra Elementary staff member will directly supervise the transition.

11:10-11:30am – Lunch

Logistics Note – Kinder Spanish students will sit together during the supervised lunch period.

11:25 – Student Pickup

Logistics Note – The Sombrero Time instructor meets Kinder Spanish students in the MP room and begins the supervised transition to the Spanish lab in room 20.

11:35-12:20pm – Sombrero Time Kinder Spanish

12:20pm – Students are dismissed for home or to Kids Junction

Logistics Note – The Sombrero Time instructor walks Kinder Spanish students across the blacktop to the South parking lot where parents can pickup.  (Parents, please wait for your student at the South lot). Students enrolled in Kids Junction after-school program will be picked up by a KJ staff member and walked to the on campus facility.

Additional Details

Time: 11:35-12:20pm

Instruction Days: Tuesday-Friday

Class Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 16

Class Schedule: 9/2/2013-5/29/2015 following the RUSD calendar*

Tuition: $149/month.

Registration Fee: $49

Click HERE to Register

*Pending any updates to the 2014-15 School Calendar

Sombrero Time offers a unique Spanish class just for 1st graders.  Due to the 8:50m 1st grade start at Sierra Elementary, Sombrero Time offers Spanish before school at 7:50-8:35am, 4 days/week, Tuesday-Friday.  Each session is 45 minutes and will be conducted by one of our highly trained native speaking instructors.  1st Grade Spanish is a natural fit for any Kinder student that has had some exposure to the language such as Sombrero Time Kinder Spanish.

Time: 7:50-8:35am

Instruction Days: Tuesday-Friday

Start Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Class Schedule: 9/2/2014-5/29/2015 following the RUSD calendar*

Tuition: $189/month.  Sibling Discount – $20 for each additional student

Registration Fee: $49

Click HERE to Register

*Pending any updates to the 2014-15 School Calendar

Sombrero Time offers private Spanish instruction at Sierra Elementary School. We have two instructors on site offering private Spanish instruction immediately following the end of the school day.  Two levels of classes are offered depending on skill level and age. Elementary age students from all schools are welcome to register for class at this site. Classes run throughout the Rocklin Unified School year, 4 days per week, Tuesday-Friday.

Time: 2:30-3:15

Instruction Days: Tuesday-Friday

Start Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Class Schedule: 9/2/2014-5/29/2015 following the RUSD calendar*

Tuition: $189/month.  Sibling Discount – $20 for each additional student

Registration Fee: $49 per student covers workbooks and class supplies for the year

Click HERE to Register your Student

*Pending any updates to the 2014-15 School Calendar

Policies & Forms

The following policies are in effect for the 2013-2014 school year:

  • Tuition is due on the 1st of each month and is payable via either automated Bank Bill pay, Credit or Card or ACH payments.

  • All credit/debit card information is stored in an secured database for your protection.  All hard copy payment forms are destroyed after data entry into the secured database.

  • Hand written checks are generally not accepted and only when approved on a case per case basis.

  • Tuition is considered delinquent on the 7th of the month, at which time a $25 late fee will be applied to your account.  On time payment ensures your child’s seat is secured for the school year.  Tuition is amortized over the school year and is not reduced for vacation, sickness or absences.

  • A family sibling discount is available per the published tuition schedule for 2014.  Sibling Discounts are not applicable for Home School classes.

  • Annual registration fees are non-refundable and cover student workbooks & classroom supplies.

  • If, for any reason, you choose to discontinue your student from Sombrero Time we require a 30 day written notice to be provided.  Auto-Bill will be canceled on the billing cycle 30 days after your request has been made.

In order to ensure orderly and safe pick up of students arriving and departing the Sombrero Time education facility we ask all parents to observe the following policy and procedure:

  • Students must be dropped off a minimum of 5 minutes before the start of class and picked up no later than 10 minutes after class.

  • If you or your daycare provider will be late for pick-up please text 916.934.6223 with notification to ensure care is provided while you are in transit.  Instructors may have to leave for other appointments immediately following the end of class so it is important to communicate when things unexpectedly change.

  • After school and Kinder students must be signed out by the parent or guardian listed on their registration form.  Students will not be released from the classroom until they have been signed out.

  • Alternate Pick up-We require you to authorize in writing anyone outside your immediate family  that will be picking up your student/s. Please complete the Alternate Pick up Authorization Form at the beginning of the school year. Sombrero Time keeps these forms on file and tracks each student being pick up to ensure the safe transfer of your student from us to you.

  • Parents are responsible for managing their students once they have been signed out of the education facility.  Please help us be good neighbors!

In the case your student will be absent from class due to illness, appointments, vacations or other reasons please notify Sombrero Time at least 24 hours in advance.  We recognize at times this may be impossible due to life’s inconveniences.  In these circumstances please contact us as early as possible:

  • 24-hour notification can be emailed to: info@sombrerotime.com

  • Last minute notification can be forwarded via phone or text to: 916-934-6223

Thank you for assisting us with maintaining the safety of our students!

Sombrero Time is an excellent full immersion Spanish Language program for kids ages K-6 Grade. My daughter has been attending ST for 5 years and I am amazed at the Spanish she can speak, write, and understand.

Paula Wolfe – Granite Bay, CA

As PTC President for the past two years and current board member I have received consistent positive feedback from parents and faculty regarding Sombrero Time and the value this program brings to the kids.

Deanna Hogenboom – Rocklin, CA

Thank you Sombrero Time for immersion style learning. And thank you for providing such high quality teachers.

Mindy Musser – Rocklin, CA

My son has been attending Sombrero Time since September 2011 as part of the Kinder Spanish program. It is the perfect environment for him to learn Spanish in an age appropriate way.

Deanna Ponseti – Roseville, CA

The magic of Sombrero Time is that the children not only learn Spanish—they learn how to apply their language skills in a real-world setting.

Lisa Bader - Granite Bay, CA

Our Curriculum

Spanish Classroom-in-a-Box

Available for shipment NOW! Sombrero Time is excited to present our latest immersive Spanish curriculum product for K-6 schools. 

Sombrero Time “Spanish Classroom-in-a-Box” has been developed and tested over the last 5 years with the help of bilingual educators and language experts. Our products are tailored for the immersion environment to address all areas of language development-reading, writing, listening and speaking in Spanish.

We then test the efficacy of our curriculum by putting it to use in programs all over the Sacramento region and at our Private Education Facility in Granite Bay, CA. Our partnerships with Charter, IB and Private schools has enabled us to remain sensitive to the demands on today’s teachers and administrators. This refining process ensures that our curriculum is effective and relevant to your student’s future.

Our Curriculum Program Includes:

 

Teacher Curriculum

The Details
  • 8.5″h X 11″H

  • Spiral bound with metal coil

  • Full color, durable cover, with black and white pages

Student Workbooks

The Details
  • 8.5″h X 11″H
  • Spiral bound with metal coil
  • Full color, durable cover, with black and white pages

Flashcards

The Details
  • Set of  297, full color flash cards covering all areas of content from the curriculum

  • .5 laminated

  • 11″w X 8.5″h

Classroom Posters

The Details
  • 4 thematic posters with label cards

  • .5 laminated

  • 20″w X 30″h

Calendar

The Details
  • 12 Month Calendar

  • Sept-Sept

  • *Pocket chart not included

 

More Information

  • Each Spanish level has 8 units of content which covers lesson plans from Sept – May

  • Each of the 8 Units* has 3 weeks of new content followed by a 4th week of review and assessment (*Unit 3 is 7 weeks to accommodate the school calendar)

  • There are a total of 140 fully scripted lesson plans per level

  • Lessons are developed to be given 4 days per week for 30-45 minutes

Immersive

Provides the progression of curriculum and content so that teachers can stay in Spanish as they teach Spanish.

Systematic

The program employs the use of monthly unit overviews, weekly objectives and daily lesson plans.  Each level of curriculum is divided into 8 units with over 140 daily lesson plans, covering a whole year of Spanish instruction.

Structured

Sombrero Time curriculum follow a predictable and balanced daily lesson structure so that the teacher will develop skills in all four areas of language: reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension.

Scripted

Scripted daily lesson plans eliminates the difficult job of planning which allowing teachers to focus on content delivery.  Teachers remain nimble and can adjust for the individual needs of their students.

Thematic

Vocabulary is presented in age appropriate themes to insure that common, everyday language is covered and topics are highly interesting for students.

Comprehensive

To develop bilingual and biliterate students, reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension skills all need to be included in the daily lesson plans.  These activities are aligned to California World Language Standards.

Integrated Assessment

Allows teachers to track student progress, individualize classroom instruction and provide feedback to parents and administration, using student learning objectives and unit benchmarks.

Sombrero Time Sales – 916.934.6223 (M-F, 8am-5pm pst)

 

 

Ordering Information

What’s in the Box

  • Spanish 1 Instructor Curriculum-1 copy, Units 1-8, completely scripted 4 days per week, spiral bound

  • Spanish 2 Instructors Curriculum-1 copy, Units 1-8, completely scripted 4 days per week, spiral bound

  • Spanish 1 Student Workbook-1 copy, spiral bound

  • Spanish 2 Student Workbook-1 copy, spiral bound

  • 297 8.5x 11 laminated, full color flash cards covering all areas of content from the curriculum

  • 4 Thematic .5 laminated 20×30 Posters with label cards

  • Calendar System

Cost: $4995

Curriculum Products a la Carte

  • Workbooks-Color Cover, B/W Contents, Spiral Bound

  • Cost: $30.00 each

  • Flash Card Set, covers all target vocabulary for Spanish 1 &2,  297 full color, 8.5×11, .5 mil laminated

  • Cost: $599 per set

Ordering Information

  • Orders are fulfilled direct from our warehouse in Sacramento, CA on a FIFO basis

  • Delivery time will vary depending on shipment location and inventory

  • Visa, MC, Checks and Purchase Orders accepted

  • Call Sombrero Time sales direct to order:

Sombrero Time Sales – 916.934.6223 (M-F, 8am-5pm pst)

 

 
"Sombrero Time’s instructors are top-notch. They understand how to engage our students in the classroom and make Spanish instruction come alive."
Karen Huffines
Principal
Sierra Elementary School
An International Baccalaureate World School
 
"We truly value our Sombrero Time Spanish program and the benefit it brings to Brighton Schools."

Christa Green
COO
Brighton Schools
"The beauty of your program is the ability it gives us to add our own creative spin and create fun hands-on activities."

Monica Calderi
World Languages Director
Creekside Charter School
"Sombrero Time has become integral to our school.  Our students and parents value it tremendously.."
Erika Sloane
Principal
Loomis Basin Charter School
An International Baccalaureate World School
 

Our Training

Overview

Live

Professional development (PD) is a critical component of Sombrero Time.  Sombrero Time PD will equip your IB, Private, Public or Home School teacher to maximize their impact on language learners by developing the specialized skill of immersive instruction.  We offer a proven three tier approach to training: Kick-Off training, Innovation Sessions, Ongoing Coaching & Support.

This training engagement consists of 3 days focused on curriculum structure, classroom readiness, teaching objectives, and exposure to the immersion methodology used by Sombrero Time.  Additional topics covered may include:

  • Understanding the language acquisition process

  • Leveraging the curriculum to maximize the four areas of language learning

  • Immersive classroom management

  • Curriculum implementation

  • Teaching objectives

  • Immersive methodology

  • Understanding the mind of your student

  • Creating a connection with your Spanish language learners

  • Developing a plan for classroom set-up

  • Behavioral management with reluctant language learners

  • Materials management

Kick-off Training Cost Structure

3 days of 6 hour training sessions:

1- 3 participants: $2500

4-8 participants: $5000

9-12 participants: $7500

Innovation sessions represent ongoing development over the instructional year.  Each month we select a topic relevant to language teaching and learning.  Innovation sessions include 1 hour of training and 1 hour of collaborative problem solving.  Innovation sessions are held 7 times over the course of the year in person or via Internet for our distance learning partners.

Innovation Sessions Cost Structure

7 x 2 hour meetings*

1-4 teachers: $1500

5-10 teachers: $2500

*Customized solutions are also available upon request.

One of the greatest assets to Sombrero Time PD is on site coaching.  One of our Master Teachers will observe at each coaching session and develop an action plan specific to the instructor and their classroom.  Our distance partners are supported via Internet technologies and personal phone support.  All partners have access to weekly curriculum reviews, community support, and video tape instructional analysis.  Live web streaming PD is also available.  Extended sessions are available upon request.

Coaching & Support Cost

$150/hour*

*Travel costs not included

Online

For teachers and schools who purchase Sombrero Time Curriculum and prefer not to travel to our training facility in Granite Bay, CA we have a robust online training course.

Tier 1–Online Video Training Courses

Prerequisites

None

Course Description

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the United States and the world today. Sombrero Time offers a variety of training courses intended to help teachers help students learn and acquire functional command of the Spanish language based on methodology that works!  Module A1 walks participants through the Sombrero Time story from beginning to present, i.e., how it started, why it started and what makes it different.

General Outline

  • Who is ST

  • Four Pillars

  • Immersion

  • Development

  • Results Driven

  • Functional Language

  • Training Overview

Prerequisites

Modules A1

Course Description

Module A2 is dedicated to an overview of Sombrero Time’s rigorous curriculum and components.  Participants will be exposed to both curriculum content and trajectory.  Dialogue will revolve around the areas of language acquisition (i.e.,listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and how these are aligned with daily and weekly lesson plans.   Sombrero Time accentuates its Curriculum as the driving force for the three E’s:  Environment, Engagement, and Evaluation. Participants will walk away with a clear understanding of what Sombrero Time means when it says: “We give you the trajectory so you can focus on the delivery.”

General Outline

  • Curriculum Intro

  • Four areas of language

  • Big “C” drives the “3Es”

  • Structure

  • Strands

  • Program Implementation

  • Participant Evaluation

Prerequisites

Modules A1-A2

Course Description

In this session Sombrero Time experts will address the envionment as it relates to curriculum.  Participants will be cued in on best practices as they learn to transform the  Sombrero Time curriculum into an optimal “immersion” learning environment. Challenges of classroom set-up, routines and procedures, as well as “non-negotiable” expectations will be just some of the environment factors covered.

General Outline

  • Environment Intro – Building the Foundation

  • Classroom Set-up

  • Material Management

  • Routines and Procedures

  • Student Movement

  • Non-negotiable Items

  • Body Position

  • Participant Evaluation

Prerequisites

Modules A1-A3

Course Description

 Module A4 will emphasis the shift from Sombrero Time curriculum driving environment to that of engagement.   Participants will get a sneak preview of Sombrero Time’s own “Engagement filter” …its secret “salsa” …to an effective teaching model.

General Outline

  • Engagement Intro – Building the Scaffold

  • Three Filters

  • Three Factors

  • Non-negotiable Items

  • Opening and Closing

  • Economy of Language

  • Participant Evaluation

Prerequisites

Modules A1-A4

Course Description

This is the last but by no means the least important of the 3 E’s driven by Sombrero Time Curriculum.  Participants will be provided specific methods for checking for understanding based on Sombrero Time’s model of Language Acquisition.  Testimonies from current Sombrero Time staff will highlight how this model has transformed not just their teaching but their student’s learning as well.

General Outline

  • Evaluation Intro

  • Formative vs. Summative

  • Levels of Acquisition

  • Benchmarks and Student Tracking

  • Aligning Instruction to Results

  • Participant Evaluation
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Cinco de Mayo Festival

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calendarWednesday, 23 April

Hola Todos!

Come join our first Cinco de Mayo festival created and run by Sombrero Time students!  Our students are excited to share a community event they have created for your enjoyment. Students will be staffing their own booth style activity and teaching you how to participate using Spanish they have learned while in Sombrero Time Spanish classes. Activities will include:
 

  • Raffle for cool prizes including a Cruiser Bicycle!
  • Face Painting
  • Sombrero Toss
  • Bingo
  • Tortilla Making
  • Sombrero Art Crafts
  • Musical Chairs
  • And Much More!
 
Support our students effort to expand their horizons by joining us on May 5, 2014. Traditional Mexican Street Tacos will be available along with chips, guacamole and ice cream. Make it a social event by bringing your entire family and inviting your friends!

RSVPs are Required.  Tickets are $6 per person and includes access to all activities, one raffle ticket and a Street Taco!

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¡Nos vemos pronto – See you soon!


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Sombrero Time Vocabulary Review – The Living Room

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calendarMonday, 31 March

Today’s review focuses on the living room.  Learn to discuss the items of furniture typically found in the living room and the use of appropriate verbs to describe actions in the living room.  In this video we review the vocabulary and use it in sentences to practice conversational skills. Please note, Sombrero Time vocabulary videos are intended as a supplement to the Sombrero Time curriculum (U7,W3).

 

 


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Sombrero Time Vocabulary Review – The Bathroom

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calendarMonday, 31 March

Today’s review focuses on the bathroom.  Learn to discuss your daily routine, such as washing hair and brushing teeth.  In this video we review the vocabulary and use it in sentences to practice conversational skills. Please note, Sombrero Time vocabulary videos are intended as a supplement to the Sombrero Time curriculum (U7, W2).

 


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Sombrero Time Vocabulary Review – The Bedroom

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calendarMonday, 31 March

Today’s review focuses on the specific rooms of the house.  Learn about the bedroom and the furniture found in the bedroom.  In this video we review the vocabulary and use it in sentences to practice conversational skills. Please note, Sombrero Time vocabulary videos are intended as a supplement to the Sombrero Time curriculum (U7,W1).

 


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Sombrero Time Vocabulary Review – Dining Room

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calendarTuesday, 04 March

Today’s review focuses on the dining room.  Learn to discuss the meals of the day, place settings, silverware and ask for someone to pass you something on the table.  In this video we review the vocabulary and use it in sentences to practice conversational skills. Please note, Sombrero Time vocabulary videos are intended as a supplement to the Sombrero Time curriculum (U6,W3).

 


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Sombrero Time Vocabulary Review – The Kitchen

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calendarTuesday, 04 March

Today’s review focuses on the kitchen, common items within and how to talk about food we like or dislike. In this video we review the vocabulary and use it in sentences to practice conversational skills. Please note, Sombrero Time vocabulary videos are intended as a supplement to the Sombrero Time curriculum (U6,W2).

 


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Sombrero Time Vocabulary Review – Rooms of the House

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calendarTuesday, 04 March

Today’s review focuses on rooms in the house and the parts that describe it.  Learn about the different actions performed in different rooms and about associated reflexive verbs.  In this video we review the vocabulary and use it in sentences to practice conversational skills. Please note, Sombrero Time vocabulary videos are intended as a supplement to the Sombrero Time curriculum (U5,W1).

 


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Short and Sweet

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calendarSaturday, 15 February

One of the most rewarding aspects we experience at Sombrero Time is hearing about teacher success stories.  We recently helped Creekside Charter School in Tahoe, CA revamp their K-8 Spanish program using “Spanish Classroom in a Box” and our Condensed 4 hour Training. Below is a short but very sweet quote from Creekside’s World Languages Director, Monica Calderi:

“The beauty of your program is the ability it gives us to add our own creative spin and create fun hands-on activities”.

Love it!

-Ruth Finsthwait


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Sombrero Time Vocabulary Review – The Family

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calendarTuesday, 28 January

Today’s review focuses on the family.  Learn to describe members of the family, someone who is young or old and how to use the verb ser. In this video we review the vocabulary and use it in sentences to practice conversational skills. Please note, Sombrero Time vocabulary videos are intended as a supplement to the Sombrero Time curriculum (U5, W1).

 


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Sombrero Time Vocabulary Review – The House

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calendarTuesday, 28 January

Today’s review focuses on the house and the parts that describe it.  Amanda presents a  poem about “la casa” to help learn the vocabulary. In this video we review the vocabulary and use it in sentences to practice conversational skills. Please note, Sombrero Time vocabulary videos are intended as a supplement to the Sombrero Time curriculum (U5,W2).

 


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The Sombrero Time education facility is located in the Treelake subdivision of Granite Bay.  We are located less than a mile from Granite Bay High, Ridgeview and Oakhills elementary schools.  Drop by anytime to meet our teachers and observe a class in session. We are next to Any Time Fitness and Dolce Vita Day Spa in the Tree Lake Village Center.

Phone

916-934-6223

Fax

916-583-7479

Email

info@sombrerotime.com

Address:

9719 Village Center Drive, Suite 125
Granite Bay, CA 95746

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