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Free HomeSchool Spanish Workshop

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calendarWednesday, 17 April

As an approved vendor for Horizon, Visions and South Sutter charter schools, Sombrero Time specializes in Immersive Language instruction for K-8 grade students. Our education center in Granite Bay is currently forming groups for HomeSchool Spanish this fall starting in September.

What you can expect by attending a Workshop:

  • Your student will experience a one hour Spanish immersion class for Free!
  • Meet HomeSchool parents and students currently in the program
  • Review our curriculum and receive an outline you can share with your ES/CT
  • Meet our highly-trained native Spanish speaking instructors
  • Q&A session with school director
  • Receive an exclusive opportunity to form a new Spanish group

In order to attend you must reserve tickets via Eventbrite(see links below), print them and bring them to the workshop. It is only necessary to reserve tickets for the number of students attending. Parents do not need to reserve a ticket. Please select the appropriate grade level ticket for your student. The workshops are divided by grade level, K-4 and 5-8. HomeSchoolers not associated with a Charter are welcome to attend as well!

Workshop #1
April 23, 2013

Click HERE to RSVP and print your tickets

Workshop #2
May 14, 2013

Click HERE to RSVP and print your tickets

Want more information about our Spanish Immersion classes for HomeSchool students and families?  Click HERE!

¡Hasta pronto!


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Parent Education Series at Sombrero Time

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calendarThursday, 10 May

You are highly vested in your child’s well-being, education and success.

Why? Because you have been entrusted with a most sacred thing – a life.  A life to guide, nurture and care for as he/she grows. This is no small task.  After many conversations with parents and educators, it is clear we all face numerous parental challenges. Our intentions are good, but may not be enough.  We might think we are prepared to help our kids with social dynamics, based on our own childhood.  But do we understand how the changes in media are impacting their relationships?  Their world is very different.  Further, did you know that marijuana has a different chemical composition now than it did 20 years ago? How does this impact our children and their development?

This summer we are launching a Parent Education Series to address these and other challenging topics. We have scheduled engaging and dynamic speakers that will present at Sombrero Time starting in June. In the video below Ruth presents her passion behind the summer series and introduces our first two speakers.

Check out the video and details below:



Join us for the first two presentations.

Dr. Ken Logan“The Mind of the Adolescent”
Dr. Logan will present on understanding the mind of the adolescent, how their brains are developing, how development impacts behavior and how to parent them.

Date: Wednesday, June 20th
Time: 7-8:30pm
Location: Sombrero Time Granite Bay
Cost: $25 per person

Patty Ingram“Drugs and your Child”

What drugs are on the street, how to talk to your child about drugs, the progression of addiction, how drugs and the law has changed since we were kids.

Date: Wednesday, June 27th
Time: 7-8:30pm
Location: Sombrero Time Granite Bay
Cost: $25 per person

Space – Limited to 50 seats for each session.

Register – On Eventbrite.  Click HERE to reserve your seats!




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calendarMonday, 24 October


— Community Event Enhances Spanish Learning with Cultural Appreciation –
— Is Your Elementary-School Student Already Behind in Today’s Global Marketplace? —

GRANITE BAY, CA — October 24, 2011 – Elementary-school students who study Spanish with Sombrero Time, a leading provider of Spanish instruction and curriculum, will be taking their Spanish out of the classroom and into the real-world at a dinner tonight at Más, a Mexican restaurant in Roseville, where approximately 100 children, whose first language is English, will converse with Sombrero Time instructors and restaurant staff in Spanish.
The event, from 5:30-6:45 p.m., is designed to give students an authentic, fun experience where they can see value in their Spanish and enhance their learning through the culture of food and dance. The young students will order for themselves and their families in Spanish and converse with the native Spanish speakers on the Más staff about a variety of topics, such as Jamie Garcia, the Mexican native who was the starter for the St. Louise Cardinals in Game Two of this year’s World Series. To extend the cultural learning, Zulema Balderas, a folkloric dance instructor, will be teaching the students and their families traditional Mexican dance steps.

“Foreign language is becoming increasingly critical to a successful education. It’s moving from ‘nice to have’ to ‘must have’,” said Ruth Finsthwait, cofounder and president of Sombrero Time, which has 1,100 students in the area. “Studies have shown the earlier a child begins to learn a second language, the greater the chance for proficiency, and the brains of elementary age children are especially well-suited for second language acquisition.”
In addition to the fact that Sombrero Time starts students while they are young and open to a new language, its approach differs from the norm because it stresses immersion and frequency. The children learn Spanish in Spanish, just as they learned English in English. Sombrero Time has students use Spanish in authentic ways, as they will at Más, rather than just having students memorize vocabulary and learn to conjugate verbs.
Studies have shown that to achieve fluency and literacy, students need 30-50 minutes of instruction 3-5 times per week. Sombrero Time was built on this conviction.

“Sombrero Time has become integral to our school,” said Erika Sloane, principal of Loomis Basin Charter School. “Our students and parents value it tremendously. The instructors and curriculum go way beyond teaching simply content; they teach human interaction. Providing these opportunities for students to apply what they are learning in a real setting is a great extension of the classroom and an enriching experience.”
Studies show that learning a foreign language is greatly enhanced by worthwhile activities that give them a chance to utilize the language and cultural appreciation.

“We have two students in the Sombrero Time program,” said Lisa Bader of Granite Bay. “It’s really cool to see all the kids speaking Spanish in a real-world setting.  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. The evening at Más provides a great opportunity for the kids to test-drive what they’ve learned in a supportive, stress-free environment and it’s fun for the entire family.”


Today Sombrero Time (sombrerotime.com) delivers Spanish immersion instruction and curriculum to more than 1,100 elementary school students in Placer and Sacramento Counties. Cofounder Ruth Finsthwait, an expert in language acquisition in children, developed the Sombrero Time curriculum based on her knowledge of how elementary age students learn a foreign language. The company uses only native speakers and 100% of the instruction and student interaction is in Spanish. Classes are held at local elementary schools and at the company’s Learning Center in Granite Bay, where the company is headquartered.

Kim Carroll at 916-960-9202 or kimcarroll2000@yahoo.com


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Mexican Food, Community Events and Spanish Curriculum for Kids

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calendarThursday, 13 October

What do all three of these things have in common?

Great Question!

As you know Sombrero Time is where children learn Spanish.  Our complete Immersion Methodology and Spanish Curriculum for Kids have all been developed with one goal in mind:

-Create lasting results that allow students to Read, Write and Speak in Spanish!

Sometimes this means we have to be creative and find new ways to get out of the traditional learning environment and into the community.  Mix great Mexican food with real life opportunity to practice Spanish and we have a formula for building language skills while having fun!  We program events like this into our Spanish Curriculum for Kids because it really helps build confidence as kids mobilize their language.

Last Spring many of our fans and customers helped make our first community event at Más Mexican Restaurant a great success!  Continuing with the first of three community events this year we would like to invite you to Family Spanish Night with Sombrero Time.  In the spirit of community, fun and language development join us and other Sombrero Time families in the local community as we practice our Spanish with staff at Más Mexican Restaurant, Sombrero Time instructors and each other.

Here are the details:

Date: Monday, October 24, 2011
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Capacity: We have room for 150 people for this event
Location: Más Mexican Restaurant in Roseville
Registration YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET TO ATTEND!  Tickets are FREE and available at Eventbrite.com.  Please go to the following link, download and print your tickets before they sell out:

Click HERE to Register on or after 10/14

**IMPORTANT** – Seatings: In order to provide faster food service we will be hosting two “seatings” at 5:30pm & 6:30pm. Please register by seating and show up at Más with your tickets in hand!

NEW-Traditional Mexican Folk Dance Lesson!  Come learn a few steps from a professional! Our very own instructor Zulema Balderas is also a professional dancer with Campañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes here in Sacramento (http://www.imbasac.com/).  Zulema will be demonstrating her craft between seatings.




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