Getting Excited About Our New Preschool and Elementary Curricula

We are getting very excited about our new curricula that is almost ready for release. I wanted to post a blog to let everyone know about the new curricula—what is new and improved. Both of our new curricula are part of Sonrisas Spanish School: A Preschool and Elementary Curriculum. The new curricula are Sonrisas Level I and Sonrisas Level II.

Sonrisas Level I is a complete revision of our previous Sonrisas Spanish School: An Early Childhood Spanish Language Curriculum. It is for beginner level preschool and elementary Spanish. Some of the changes to the curriculum include: new lessons, a new format for the lesson plans, new content in the introduction, an articulated scope and sequence, new authentic assessment rubrics, and new standards correlation.

We kept most of the lessons from the previous curriculum but added new ones to round out the scope of the curriculum and include some more early grade themes such as calendar, seasons, and weather. The new lesson plan format includes the lesson overview page that gives a communication objective for the lesson along with performance guidelines to achieve the objective. New procedure pages provide detailed directions as to how to implement the lessons. We have kept the same art project procedure pages that tell you what to do for each art project and the home report pages that you can photocopy to send home for parents. Along with the new lesson content, we have added new sections to our introduction including How To Be an Effective Teacher Using the Sonrisas Spanish School Curriculum. We have also expanded the Methodology Behind the Sonrisas Spanish School Curriculum section to provide a more in-depth picture of how we developed the curriculum. I am very excited about the new articulated scope and sequence. It will give focus and direction to the teachers using the curriculum. We have also developed new assessment rubrics for the curriculum. The assessment rubrics utilize the communication objectives and performance guidelines in the lessons to measure how well students are achieving the objectives. Their performance is measured in the rubrics as “meets expectations,” “does not meet expectations,” or “exceeds expectations.” The format and detail of the assessments will be a useful tool for teachers for assessing their students progress and providing feedback. Our curriculum always taught to the standards, we just didn’t reflect that in the presentation of the lessons. Now, with Level I and Level II, every lesson includes standards correlation on the procedure pages so that teachers can see exactly which standards are being covered in the lessons.

Sonrisas Level II is the next level in the Sonrisas Spanish School Curriculum. It is for intermediate level elementary Spanish. Level II includes all new lessons, the same user-friendly lesson plan format and in-depth introduction as Level I, an articulated scope and sequence, and assessment rubrics. The lessons in Level II begin to put more of an emphasis on reading and writing in Spanish and the presentational mode of communication. Level II also includes two plays in Spanish that teachers can use to provide a fun performance experience for their students.

To see samples of the lessons, scope and sequence, and assessment rubrics, visit our websiteand go to the curriculum pages and click on the “view sample” buttons. Next week I will go into more detail about the scope and sequence of the Sonrisas Spanish School Curriculum.

Sonrisas Spanish Schoolcreates, publishes, and sells preschool and elementary Spanish curriculum and Spanish music for children. The Sonrisas Spanish School Curriculum can be used to teach Spanish to children at the preschool and elementary level, as well as home school Spanish. The Sonrisas Curriculum consists of fun, effective, standards-based lessons for the most effective language-learning experience for kids—one based on human-to-human interaction.

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