Calico Spanish provides an incredible foundation for teaching Spanish. The curriculum is designed to give children an opportunity to learn Spanish in an immersion environment. Your students will absorb the language through observing gestures, visual aids, pantomime and demonstrations. Children comprehend Spanish throughout various activities by using audio cues, visual aids and actions to stimulate their brains’ language acquisition centers. Finally, they have the opportunity to naturally use Spanish as they engage in fun activities and sing along with our custom Mi guitarrí music resources.
Students will be able to successfully communicate in Spanish!Concepts and vocabulary are presented and reiterated throughout each chapter so that students can develop conversational Spanish skills by the end of Level One. Interactive activities and sentence frames give each student opportunities to express unique ideas in Spanish. Students are equipped with solid, foundational Spanish skills that enable understanding of new concepts and vocabulary when presented using contextual cues and prior knowledge. By making Spanish fun, kids are comfortable using their acquired language skills and are responsive with full sentences and independent ideas by the end of Level One. It is surprising how quickly children can learn Spanish, so set challenging goals to watch your students progress!
Meet the Needs of All Learners.
It is challenging for busy homeschool parents to find time to develop interesting lesson plans that meet the diverse needs of their children. Calico Spanish makes lesson preparation quick and easy so you can focus on your children. The Teacher’s Manual provides research-based strategies that are interwoven into over 160 straightforward lesson plans. Using proven methods of language acquisition, the lesson plans present topics in diverse ways so that visual, audio and kinesthetic learners can better understand, use and retain the language.
Visual learners grasp information best when it is presented in an orderly, visible fashion. Our fabulous visual aids are integrated into each lesson so that students can make their own connections between words and images. The colorful graphics engage kids while aiding them in comprehension and retention. As a result, you can effectively present new ideas and vocabulary.
Audio learners need vocal input and output in order to cement linguistic concepts. Level One focuses on oral language comprehension, so students are given ample opportunities to hear the language within a context they can understand. Children retain the language because it is presented in a memorable way through 30 interactive songs and poems. Lessons give all students the opportunity to actively communicate, which greatly aids them in language acquisition and retention!
Movement and touch strongly appeal to kinesthetic learners. Children want to be a part of Calico Spanish’s fun individual and group activities, many of which utilize Total Physical Response (TPR). When kids actively participate in Spanish, the language gains meaning and significance. Concepts are best remembered when physical responses are engaged because the movement becomes connected to the language in the student’s mind. You and your children will truly enjoy learning through the many skill-building games and activities!
Always Be Prepared with Well-planned Lessons.
The lesson plans provide you with an array of options for introducing and reviewing concepts and vocabulary in Spanish. These different methods encompass all types of learners to create an environment where teaching and learning Spanish is enjoyable! Since children are discovering the language for themselves through vibrant visual aids, catchy music and TPR activities they better retain the language and actively want to use it.
Homeschool families love Calico Spanish because it gives them...
- 160 flexible, easy to follow lesson plans that require minimal preparation time
- 30 interactive songs and poems
- Supplemental games and videos available online (free access)
- Fabulous visual aids
- Skill-building games
- Total Physical Response (TPR) activities
- A variety of relevant projects
- Targeted assessments
These dynamic lessons use research-based strategies to engage all types of learners. The teacher’s manual includes two scheduled options optimized for either a 30 or 60 minute class schedule. Lesson segments are clearly divided to give teachers maximum flexibility in scheduling classes. Level One includes so many resources and lesson ideas that most families easily extend the program across two school years.
Calico Spanish provides everything you need to create your own Spanish immersion environment. With the quality music, visual aids and detailed teacher’s manual you will enable your children to learn and communicate in Spanish. Calico Spanish is an incredible, enrichment program for providing elementary-aged children with the opportunity to become bilingual, bi-literate and bi-cultural!
Mi guitarrí Music Resources:
Calico Spanish understands that students need to feel secure and comfortable in order to engage in learning. Our custom Mi Guitarrí music resources establish a dependable routine to every lesson. With both original and traditional songs and poems, our music helps shorten the natural silent period children experience by encouraging them to use Spanish in a fun and active way.
Spanish Songs for Kids CD: Designed to expose students to an authentic accent, Mi Guitarrí includes custom and traditional songs, poems, games and memory aids for selected topics such as days of the week, parts of the body, greetings, etc. Joel Valle’s clear voice delivers 30 tracks of educational entertainment that kids and adults will both enjoy!
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The vibrant graphics set a cheerful tone that attracts eager learners. Furthermore, the custom visuals allow teachers to easily communicate new concepts, tie the components of the curriculum together, and help students make connections between written and vocalized words.
First Thousand Words in Spanish: Affectionately referred to as the dictionary, children love this colorful, hardback book because it is full of interesting scenes and characters.The book lends itself to hunt and find activities that become an integral part of introducing new words in Spanish. (Usborne Publishing)
¡Corre, perro, corre!: Help students reach literacy and comprehension milestones as they read or as you read aloud from this Spanish paperback version of Go, Dog, Go! (by P.D. Eastman)
Calico Spanish Flash Cards: Custom flash cards feature wonderful artwork to post on the bulletin board, use in games and assist in, presenting new concepts. Includes animals, alphabet, numbers, emotions, greetings, conjugation of verbs, verb phrases and pronouns.
Verbos Flash Cards: Spanish immersion flash cards that introduce 94 action verbs with illustrations that clearly communicate each action, without the use of English. (Trend Publishing)
Homeschool Bulletin Board Posters and Labels: Form a Spanish Center with custom, classroom-sized components that establish a familiar Calendar Time sequence and thematic units for students.
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The Calico Spanish Teacher's manual and related resources offer incredible value to the homeschool parent by providing ready-to-implement lessons in detail. You will save time in planning and preparation and gain new ideas for effective lesson presentation. A variety of strategies are used so that the Spanish language and culture are brought to life. Efficient to implement and adaptable to different ages, the teaching tools are the backbone to the Calico Spanish curriculum.
Teacher's Manual: The manual is practically formatted into 15 Chapters and offers two preplanned schedules making it readily adaptable for teaching schedules ranging from 20 minutes to 1 hour. Teachers find that the design allows for quick preparation and effective implementation! Level 1 is an exceptional investment as it provides sufficient activities and resources for two years of beginning Spanish instruction for most class schedules.
Student Activity Book: Each child can make an individual connection with Spanish by creating his/her own songbook, calendar, alphabet sheet and much more!
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Calico Spanish covers a range of topics including those listed in the list on the right. Read more details by clicking on a topic of interest.
The beauty of a complete, all encompassing curriculum is that key elements are integrated together. Every chapter presents new concepts and vocabulary such as a number, color, animal, actions and verb phrases. These topics are reiterated throughout the chapter in games, songs and activities to reinforce the language connections. Once these basics are acquired, it is possible to move on to even more complex ideas.
Again, the overall goal is to build students' comprehension skills and give them a love for Spanish language and culture that will motivate them to continue learning Spanish for years to come.
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These topics barely outline the width and depth of content presented in Calico Spanish Level One. To better understand how the Teacher's Manual is structured and the different components of the lessons, please click here to get your instant free download of Chapter 4 from the Teacher's Manual!
Calico Spanish is designed to help your children enjoy the process of learning Spanish. The primary goal of Calico Spanish Level One is to develop a student's receptive language skills. This is accomplished using a variety of interesting, research-based techniques. The curriculum relies predominantly on Tracy Terrell's Natural Approach to language instruction. Other key language instruction theories utilized throughout the program are Stephen Krashen's language acquisition theories and James Asher's Total Physical Response (TPR) methods.
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Calico Spanish meets or exceeds the requirements set in "Standards for Learning Spanish" as outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century, published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The standards were developed around five key goals for language learners, known as "The Five C's". They are the following:
- Communication: Communicate in Spanish
- Cultures: Gain Knowledge and Understanding of the Cultures of the World
- Connections: Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information
- Comparisons: Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture
- Communities: Participate in Communities at Home and Around the World
These standards provide guidance regarding the type of curricular experiences that will best equip students for life in a multilingual world. Calico Spanish Level One provides an interactive introduction to Spanish that meets or exceeds each of these goals. Furthermore, it is an excellent preparation for the Level Two program, which continues to build on the standards and deepens the connections and language skills already achieved in Level One.
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