The Spanish Language program at the Waldorf School of Atlanta is led by Catalina De Luna Garza. A review of the Language Program can be found on our website and specific insights into teaching each grade are found in these letters to the parents.
Dear Fifth Grade Parents,
Any teacher who has taught fifth grade at a Waldorf school would agree it is a pleasure to teach this grade. The curriculum is very rich and the fifth graders have usually achieved a balance in their growth. Physiologically they have not reached puberty –although they are close to it- and they are, for the most part, physically and mentally well balanced.
For the Language class, this moment of equilibrium brings a greater flexibility in managing the class. The students are found to be more receptive and less likely to argue with the teacher. In general, the lesson has the same format as in previous years, but there is a change in the length of the three parts. The first part of the lesson is the same but shorter than previous years (rhythmic part- songs, tongue twisters, riddles, clapping games, recitation, oral conjugation, etc.). The students do not need to move as much as the younger ones, for the realm of feeling is experienced more strongly than the will. During the second part of the lesson we go over grammar or other material that require greater attention and concentration (both recalling previous material and introducing new). After this the class will do some writing or reading. The students will create their own Spanish book, which will reflect artistically all of the material being learned including cultural notes, poetry and grammar.
Accurate pronunciation will be practiced through speech exercises, poems and reading. The children will now be given short homework assignments as well as regular grammar quizzes, vocabulary tests and dictation. Legends of Mexico will be the topic for story telling and reading. The texts will be reviewed by answering questions about the content in oral and written form. Vocabulary will be brought from the stories and other topical themes. Grammar is developed from what was introduced in the native language in 4th grade. Students will work extensively with the conjugation of regular verbs in present tense and some irregular verbs will be introduced.
As you can see the year will be full!! You can enrich your child’s Spanish experience in many different ways. The most important part of all is to have a positive and open attitude – “open your windows to a new culture”; your children will notice it.
If you have any questions or concerns about the Spanish program, please email me.
Catalina De Luna, Spanish Teacher at WSA