Early World Language
The Pulaski Community School District has an early world language program in all of its five elementary schools. Students from Kindergarten through fifth grade learn Spanish. There is a shared passion between the District and its educators that has helped to maintain this program.
Each grade has a curriculum which integrates subjects like social studies and health, along with learning about a country and many other important real life elements.
- Kindergarten learns about Mexico, basic conversation, family and parts of the body.
- First grade learns about Costa Rica, animals, rainforest and describing themselves.
- Second grade learns about Peru, school and city places.
- Third grade learns about Puerto Rico, daily routine, physical activity and healthy eating.
- Fourth grade learns about Spain, clothing, and food.
- Fifth grade learns about Argentina, urban and rural areas and people.
Kirstina Lemke, Melissa Olson, Sue Stiede, Danielle Schreiner, Amanda Rodenhauser and Emily Tewes are our fabulous early world language teachers at all of our elementary schools. They lead the way in the instruction of these classes.
Experts say the key window for learning language occurs from early years to about 10 years old. Not only are our students getting the benefits of learning a language at a young age, but as the classes carry on throughout high school another important factor is growing. In our school district, we have a College Credit Spanish class giving our students credits for college that our younger students can work toward.
Due to financial constraints, many schools have decided to cut extracurricular programs like this one, but we strive to follow our philosophy of helping students become their best selves. We believe that fine arts and foreign studies play a large part in that.
Top 5 reasons why you should learn Spanish
- World Language Study in Elementary Improves Reading and Math Scores.
- Learning Another Language Improves Overall Academic Performance.
- Learning Another Language Provides Students with the Opportunity to Explore Other Cultures
- Learning Another Language Teachers Children to Be Flexible Thinkers
- Learning Another Language Triggers Brain Growth