The Spanish program at Wilmington Montessori School begins in the Primary (3-6) Program and builds a strong foundation of the Spanish language and culture through middle school. The program is based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language standards.
The Spanish curriculum emphasizes listening and comprehension at the Primary level, and incorporates more speaking in the Lower Elementary (6-9) Program. The Upper Elementary curriculum balances listening, speaking, reading and writing. In each level, the program builds a foundation for learning foreign language as children learn strategies to approach a new language, a new culture and ethnic diversity.
The program also prepares students to use the language to communicate in real-life situations. To do this, children are surrounded by the language through the use of puppets, props, story-telling and picture cues, Spanish songs using movement, and Spanish poems and fables using rhymes.