We developed a curriculum uniquely designed for age-specific, immersive language learning.
Our Curriculum’s Four Pillars
Our curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school Spanish is built to help your child experience success. Here are the core features you can count on:
- Immersion-based: Supports instruction of Spanish in Spanish.
- Age-appropriate: Standards-based and aligned to grade-level learning objectives.
- Promote functionality: Six levels systematically teach students to read, write and speak, leading to bilingualism.
- Results-driven: Integrated assessments provide benchmarks for tracking student progress and goals.
Levels 1 & 2: Early Elementary Grades
The most effective way to teach Spanish is by staying in Spanish. Primary grade students are developmentally predisposed to learn new languages. Levels 1 & 2 focus on the basics of Spanish. Concrete vocabulary of the house and the community are used to develop simple conversational skills that acclimate students to the immersive setting and build a foundation for future learning. Students will also learn the basics of reading and writing in Spanish.
Levels 3 & 4: Mid-Elementary Grades
Designed for the middle elementary grades, students continue to develop their Spanish by expanding the community conversation to the city. The conversation grows to include various Spanish speaking countries through fun weekly readings. Students broaden their vocabulary while being introduced to present and past verb tenses.
Levels 5 & 6: Late Elementary & Junior High
In the later elementary and junior high grades, the Sombrero Time curriculum takes students from the city out into the world. Students learn about the various cultures and global topics which include time zones, weather patterns, monetary systems, and geography, as well as cultural topics of gestures, greetings and customs. They practice speaking and writing in the past, present and future verb tenses as they continue to develop language skills, and work toward true bilingualism.
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“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.”
“Thank you, Sombrero Time, for immersion style learning. And thank you for providing such high quality teachers.”
“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.”
“I feel very lucky that I was able to be a student in your program for so long as well as go to Costa Rica with the Sombrero Time Team. I know my life wouldn’t be the same if I had not been in Sombrero Time. This year I took a Spanish literature class and read my first Spanish novel called Primera Memoria and I started translating documents for an immigration lawyer in Sante Fe! I am now planning to minor in Spanish, hopefully keep translating, and study abroad to keep learning. I can’t thank Sombrero Time enough!”
“Thank you for your teaching and encouragement. Thanks to Sombrero Time, I was able to test into Spanish 3 freshman year and take AP 4 and AP Literature my Sophomore year and Junior year, and I got a 4 and a 5 on both exams! I really enjoyed taking the classes, especially literature, and I wouldn’t have gotten to take them if it weren’t for your fun classes!”
“Our children love their Sombrero Time online classes. We were skeptical but willing to give it a try. After one week, our five and seven year olds are speaking Spanish around our home. The classes are interesting and engaging. I appreciate the fun, creative, and knowledgeable teachers. Thank you!”
“We love Sombrero Time! I can’t believe how well my son and daughter are doing in Spanish class. So glad I found the program! I highly recommend!”
“The friendships my son has with his Sombrero Time classmates have been so valuable. He has been encouraged and supported every step of the way with compassionate, highly trained instructors who gently guide him toward an acceptance of other cultures with the goal of building a global citizen.”
“I was very hesitant to sign my son up for distance learning due to the fact that I didn’t think he would be paying attention and daydreaming the half-hour away!! I decided to give it a go for a week and I was pleasantly surprised by how engaged the teacher keeps the students. My son has to pay attention when the teacher has questions for him! I can hear him speaking Spanish, singing songs, and playing challenging games that keep the children involved. I decided after the first week to enroll my son for the full school year and stay dedicated to him learning a second language.”
“We appreciate Sombrero Time very much. Juan is an amazing teacher and not only do we thank him for teaching our son Spanish, but also for genuinely caring about him. Being a part of the class has blessed me and helped me connect more with my son outside of the classroom, especially during a really hard time. Because of his Spanish class, he is improving so much better in general and has more self-confidence.”
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