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Helping Kids Learn Spanish in Loomis Schools

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calendarWednesday, 15 June

Sombrero Time has been working w ith the Loomis Union School District as their preferred provider for Spanish language instruction for the past two years.  In alignment with the district’s vision to develop high quality second language education, Sombrero Time will be offering two different programs at Loomis elementary schools during the 2011/12 school year.

Spanish for kids at the Loomis Basin Charter School – The 2011/12 school year will mark the third year Sombrero Time will be providing Spanish instruction for this successful elementary charter school.  Recently certified as an International Baccalaureate school, Loomis Basin Charter school has a mandate to provide high quality language instruction for all students internal to the instructional day.  Sombrero Time will be providing instruction again next fall.  Two of our highly trained native speaking instructors will be on campus 4 days per week providing instruction at each grade level.  Three levels of Sombrero Time curriculum will be used to direct instruction for grades K-7.

Before School Spanish for kids at all Loomis Union Elementary Schools –  Classes will be provided at LUSD elementary schools starting this fall.  Similar to this past year we will continue providing instruction following our immersive, no English spoken, model.  Our trained, native speaking instructors will be available Monday-Thursday delivering instruction for 45 minutes at each session.  Spanish class will follow the LUSD calendar staring on September 1, 2011 – May 31, 2012.  Class times and locations will be announced after registration is completed.  If you are interested in finding out more click the link below for details.

Full details can be found by clicking HERE

 


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Sombrero Time in the Huffington Post

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calendarWednesday, 08 June

Education Entrepreneur Ron Fairchild of Smarter Learning Group recently published an article in the Huffington Post about Sombrero Time. Smarter Learning Group helps nonprofits, foundations, and school districts develop, grow, and sustain quality education programs and policies.

Ron Fairchild is the founder of the Smarter Learning Group.  Prior to starting the firm, Ron served as CEO of the National Summer Learning Association.  The Association’s work built on over 15 years of experience and success as the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University, where Fairchild was executive director from 2002 through 2009.  He is widely recognized as a national authority on how to expand learning opportunities for young people.  His frequent appearances in the media include segments on NPR, CNN, C-SPAN, NBC Nightly News, and the CBS Early Show.

Sombrero Time is passionate about helping kids do the extraordinary.  Language instruction develops a child’s ability to share ideas and communicate across cultural boundaries.  Sombrero Time Curriculum coupled with our Professional Development for instructors creates a powerful solution for schools.

Article Excerpt – “Last week Education Week ran a story about huge cuts to foreign language programs across the country. When I was in California recently, I learned about a creative solution to this problem involving two parents, Dave and Ruth Finsthwait, who created an inexpensive Spanish language immersion program for schools, called Sombrero Time.”

Click HERE to continue reading the article and please leave your comments!


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Kids Learning Spanish with Sombrero Time

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calendarFriday, 27 May

Greetings everyone!

As many of you already know our instruction philosophy leverages frequent exposure to Spanish in a fun and immersive class room environment.  One of the greatest benefits of Sombrero Time is the rapid pace which students begin to learn and use their language skills.  To demonstrate this we are publishing a series of videos featuring students in our programs, all at various levels of development, having two way conversations with their instructors.  The first of our videos is published below.  Enjoy the Spanish being spoken and kindly provide your comments.


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The New Sombrero Time Tee – Shirt

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calendarFriday, 27 May

Hey everyone!
We just printed new Tee-Shirts and wanted to share the design with you. The characters are from our iPad app currently in development. There are about 100 kids wearing these shirts as of this week.  The response has been great and we are SOLD OUT already!  DON’T WORRY!  We are planning to place another order.  Here is how you can reserve a shirt for your student:

Send us an email and indicate the following:
-Student Name:
-Shipping Address (if not local to Granite Bay, CA)
-Tee Shirt Design: Boy or Girl
-Size: Youth Small, Youth Medium or Youth Large

Shirts Cost $20 each.  In order to guarantee this price we need 100 tee-shirts or greater to be reserved.  Shirts can be reserved now through June 15, 2011.  On June 16 we will contact you with payment instructions.   After all shirts have been paid for we will place our order with our printer.  If you are a Loomis Basin Charter family we will deliver the shirts to your school for pickup.  Otherwise, shipping costs will be calculated based on your shipping address from Granite Bay, CA 95746 using UPS ground service.

That’s it!

Oh, and please leave your comments on the design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Private Spanish Tutoring in Granite Bay – Recently Expanded

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calendarThursday, 12 May

Last year Sombrero Time launched a Private Tutoring program in response to parents who were seeking a flexible solution for their students.  We are pleased to announce we have recently expanded this service to all ages!   Sombrero Time Personal Spanish Tutoring sessions couple our immersion philosophy in a fun and interactive environment creating a very effective experience.  “Immersion”-what does that mean?  Great question!  It means we use “Spanish to teach Spanish” which develops language skills you can use in the real world.

Regardless of your education or skill level Sombrero Time Private Tutoring is right for any level or age.  Each session is scheduled with one of our native speaking instructors and is conducted at the Sombrero Time Education Facility in Granite Bay where we provide access to great resources in a sound instructional environment.  If you have not been to our Education Facility we invite you drop by for a visit.  Our facility is conveniently located in the heart of Granite Bay near Granite Bay High School in the Treelake Village Center.

Upon connecting with Sombrero Time we will create a customized schedule to fit your needs, establish goals for learning and connect you with one of our instructors.  Currently we have students scheduled from 1-4 days per week taking 45 minutes of focused instruction per session.  If you are new to learning Spanish, getting ready to travel, or preparing for an AP exam, our instructors will tailor a program designed to accelerate your learning experience while having a great time.

For more information click HERE to visit our registration page or call contact us at 916/934-6223


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Welcome to the New Sombrero Time!

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calendarSunday, 13 March

If you are new to Sombrero Time, Welcome!  We recently launched our new web site and are very excited about a number of cool developments.  New products and services are soon to be available.  From a professionally published Spanish 1 & Spanish 2 curriculum to the upcoming release of our iPad app, new Professional Development services and Class Room Resources.  Check out the pages within and please feel free to share your thoughts.

We love to interact with our community and are making it easy.  We have a lot to share about education at large, second language learning and the use of technology as an educational tool.  Interact with us on our new Twitter, FaceBook and YouTube pages geared to share and interact with you, our community.

Lastly, since you are here,  we invite you to share your comments and feedback about the new sombrerotime.com.  Please click the comment button and share your thoughts!


RUTH: Great video! I so agree with your concept of immersion language learning at an early age…wish I had had that myself! Bonnie

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Sneak Peak into the New Sombrero Time App

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calendarSaturday, 12 March

Hey Gang!  Here is a sneak peak from Ruth introducing the new iPad App from Sombrero Time.  Send us your comments and let us know what you think!

 


David Finsthwait

Great video Ruth! Love your passion for educaton and language!

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