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, having interpersonal conversations, and practicing real life scenarios.
- Kindergarten learns about Mexico, basic conversation, colors, shapes, numbers to 10, weather, winter holidays, family and parts of the body.
- First grade learns about Costa Rica, feelings, weather, continents and oceans, colors, shapes, numbers to 20, rainforest animals and adjectives to describe themselves.
- Second grade learns about Peru, school supplies, Spanish vowels, occupations, numbers to 100, regions in Peru, and city places.
- Third grade learns about Puerto Rico, manners, places around school, Spanish alphabet, physical activity, healthy eating and daily routines.
- Fourth grade learns about Spain, interpersonal conversation, clothing, color descriptions, AR verb conjugation, artists of Spain, and restaurant food.
- Fifth grade learns about Argentina, describing people, getting around a city, conjugating AR and ER activity verbs, time, farm animals and prepositions.
Sue Stiede, Melissa Olsen, Danielle Schreiner, Emily Tewes, Amanda Rodenhauser and Jamee Sampson are our fabulous early world language teachers at all of our elementary schools. They lead the way in the instruction of these classes using 90% + target language (Spanish) each day.
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 middle school and high school our students growing in their proficiency to use and speak the language. 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 equipping students with 21st century skills and helping them grow as a well-rounded student to one day allow for better job opportunities.
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