At Feynman School, children build Spanish-speaking skills from the first day of school forward. Our preschool, pre-kindergarten and primary students learn Spanish primarily through activities such as stories, arts and crafts, songs, and during lunch time and recess, rather than through formal instruction. They explore Spanish cooking and culture with a teacher's guidance while they build their conversation and comprehension skills. Spanish books, games, posters and labels in the classroom further enhance second-language learning. Additionally, twenty to thirty minutes of daily classroom time is dedicated exclusively to Spanish learning. Together, these strategies work effectively with children's various learning styles: visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic.
Feynman School's Spanish program was developed by a team of renowned applied linguists, including Professors Alison Mackey and Cristina Sanz. Between them, these Georgetown University professors have published fifteen books and more than 100 articles on second language learning. Graduate students Elizabeth Kissling and Lisa Warren also helped develop our Spanish curriculum and we are grateful for the entire team's efforts and support.
Throughout their time at Feynman School, students actively use Spanish with increasing confidence, gaining bilingualism, biliteracy and cross-cultural awareness.