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At Sonrisas Spanish our mission is to create effective Spanish curriculum materials that are focused on student interaction with a language educator, that are standards-based, and that provide a positive foreign language learning experience for students.

Sonrisas Spanish was founded in 1996 by Blue and Brooks Lindner in Austin, TX after they combined their experience as bilingual/ESL elementary teachers and Blue's experience teaching at the Austin Waldorf School to begin teaching private Spanish classes in preschools and elementary schools. Sonrisas Spanish grew rapidly from 12 students at one school to more than 100 students at multiple schools in the Austin area.

The curriculum that Blue and Brooks created and used in their preschool and elementary Spanish classes proved to be very successful. The combination of ESL techniques and Waldorf techniques addressed the specific ways that children learn Spanish. The results were phenomenal—not only were the students learning Spanish, but they loved Spanish class and looked forward to it.

Noting a lack of Spanish curriculum at the early childhood level, Blue and Brooks decided to publish their curriculum in order to share their success with other Spanish teachers. In 2002, they completed and published Sonrisas Spanish School: An Early Childhood Spanish Language Curriculum. Their first book rapidly spread to elementary school Spanish programs, preschool Spanish programs, and homeschool Spanish programs in all fifty states.

Energized by the success of their first curriculum, Blue and Brooks began creating and publishing more curriculum in order to offer a full Pre-K through elementary Spanish program. The Sonrisas Spanish Curriculum now includes three levels, a cultural supplement, a calendar time guide, resource CD's, and beautiful classroom posters to offer teachers a complete and effective Spanish program.

After teaching and creating curriculum for over 20 years, Blue and Brooks trademarked their Acquire, Develop, Learn® methodology which guides the way the different levels in the Sonrisas Spanish Curriculum work together. The Sonrisas Spanish Curriculum is now used in thousands of schools across the country, and Brooks is a frequent presenter at various language conferences.

Blue and Brooks Lindner live, teach, and make music in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. They have two children, Pitcher and Elsa.


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