When your child learns Spanish at Sombrero Time, you open the door to a lifetime of opportunities.

Ruth Finsthwait-co founder Sombrero Time

Imagine your child having fun, becoming a better student and experiencing an expanded world through learning Spanish.

Hello, I’m Ruth Finsthwait, co-founder of Sombrero Time, and that’s exactly what Sombrero Time children experience every day–growing as students and young people. Here are 3 reasons you can count on Sombrero Time:

Tested & Proven: Your world is busy and crowded with many good ideas for your child’s growth and development…soccer, dance, Little League. Sombrero Time provides your elementary-aged child a unique opportunity to learn Spanish in an immersive language environment. And, that is the best time for your child to learn a foreign language because research shows us that students have the greatest capacity for language acquisition between ages of 2 and 6. (1) 

For the past ten years, we’ve served thousands of local families through before-school and after-school programs, as well as through dozens of programs including homeschool courses, International Baccalaureate, and private and public schools.

It’s Fun: We succeed in helping children learn to speak, read and write Spanish because we teach in a fun, engaging, and supportive environment. Our curriculum is holistic, proprietary, and proven. We are driven to succeed with every child because we are convinced that Spanish opens the door to opportunities for a lifetime. And best of all, your child will learn with their peers, making friends along the way.

Learning for a Lifetime:  We think of our program as a Journey for our students, where our Sombrero Time students grow academically and personally, walking into a big, wide world with stronger character, better thinking and social skills, and the tools to succeed in high school, college and career.

This is the Sombrero Time Student Journey.

We invite you to take some time to learn more about our unique and effective programs. Give us a call to see how your child can be a part of this life-changing experience.

I look forward to meeting you and your child!

¡Hasta Pronto!

Ruth Finsthwait

Why does Sombrero Time work?

Our Commitment to Student Development


    Learning Spanish gives students the opportunity to practice character development. At Sombrero Time, we focus specifically on the character traits of COURAGE, RESPECT, and RESILIENCE.


    Learning a second language teaches students to think more skillfully, especially developing the cognitive skills of FLEXIBILITY, FOCUS, and WORKING MEMORY, setting them up for success in high school and beyond.


    Through language acquisition, students develop emotional intelligence, an important predictor of future success. The areas we emphasize include SELF-AWARENESS, SELF-MANAGEMENT, and SOCIAL AWARENESS. These skills make children successful in their relationships in life.

Our Commitment to Student Success


    Emphasizing friendship and community, our students experience what it means to be part of something bigger than oneself, to celebrate successes & to contribute meaningfully and collaboratively to others’ success.


    Sombrero Time students are more likely to achieve bilingualism, explore new cultures, and apply Spanish to college and career tracks, impacting their success in the classroom and the world.


    As bilingual college students and employees, our students compete effectively for better jobs and contribute meaningfully through diverse ways.

Our Proprietary Curriculum

Our proprietary curriculum was developed for an immersive learning environment, and is taught by native speakers, who teach Spanish in Spanish. For a deeper understanding of the Sombrero Time curriculum, click the “Learn More” button.

Are you a Spanish teacher looking for great curriculum? Check out Spanish Curriculum Powered by Sombrero Time.

Learn more about the difference a second language makes.

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