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​Our Savior School offers an exceptional Spanish program. Spanish is taught to all students on a weekly basis starting in Preschool through 8th grade.

OSS students are guided to learning more Spanish through hands-on activities, games, visuals, participation, movement/following directions (Total Physical Responses), music/singing, dance, dialogues/skits, guest speakers, listening, repetition, memorization, reading, writing, speaking, and cultural activities.

The Spanish program at Our Savior School consists of four stages: preschool, grades K-3, grades 4-7, and grade 8. When Our Savior graduates register for their high school classes, they should enroll in honors or accelerated first year Spanish.

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Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

The Kindergarten Spanish program continues to be orally based in the first quarter. Thereafter, regular worksheet activities are added. Students continue to acquire vocabulary and basic conversation skills are expanded. Primary teaching tools are discussion, songs, prayers and games.

First grade Spanish continues with vocabulary acquisition and increases the elements of basic conversation. Classroom directions begin to occur in Spanish. Primary teaching methods include songs, discussion, worksheet packets, prayers and games.

Second grade reinforces oral fluency through Spanish language mini-books. Students continue to work with vocabulary that includes classroom objects, numbers through 39, ten colors, the days of the week, and basic elements of conversation. Primary teaching tools are discussion, worksheets, games prayers and songs.

Third grade increases mastery of numbers to 59, and continues to practice oral fluency through mini-books, rhymes, prayers and songs. Past vocabulary is reviewed and months of the year, clothing, and names for parts of the body are also introduced.

Kindergarten through third grade students are evaluated quarterly and receive a general progress grade on the report card. Classes are once a week for thirty minutes.

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4th–7th Grade

Fourth grade makes the transition to standard A-F grades, weekly homework, and begin the formal study of Spanish grammar. Home study is expected from this grade on. Accurate pronunciation is emphasized more and students continue to practice oral fluency through mini-books, songs, and rhymes. Students begin writing original sentences and learn about grammatical gender. Number work increases to 101 and names of the seasons and foods are added.

Fifth grade students learn to express dates, tell time, and increase their knowledge of verb forms. Some possessive adjectives are added to their vocabulary, as well as adjectives. Past vocabulary is reviewed, and the year revolves around the concept of gender of nouns and adjective agreement.

Sixth grade students learn to express their likes and dislikes, utilizing past vocabulary as well as numerous new verbs. Students review dates and time, learn the subject pronouns, and learn the interrogatives.

Seventh grade students learn about verbs and descriptions. Verb conjugation begins and new adjectives are added to their vocabulary. Students create a PowerPoint slide show presentation to reinforce these skills. The difference between ser and estar is discussed. Students read short passages and answer Spanish questions in Spanish.

Exams are given quarterly in grades 5-7 and standard A-F percentage grades are assigned on report cards. Students are expected to study outside of class and to do weekly homework. Classes are once a week for 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the grade.

8th Grade

The emphasis in eighth grade is no longer on the acquisition of vocabulary and grammar, but rather on developing the skills of reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Students will change from learning format from word-for-word to thought-for-thought. The class creates and completes stories using the TPRS method. Third quarter concentrates on a large project of creating a 3-5 minute “infomercial” entirely in Spanish. Students demonstrate and explain how to do something of their choice in multiple steps.

Tests and/or projects, as well as weekly homework determine the standard A-F percentage grades on report cards. Classes are once a week for 45 minutes.

Transfer Students

Depending upon the amount of Spanish they have been exposed to, students who join Our Savior School before grade 5 or 6 generally do not need an extraordinary amount of remedial work. However, beginning in grade 5, a semi-independent “catch up” program is available if needed. Such arrangements are made on a case by case basis. For more information, contact the instructor.