Stories for Schools

Teachers love our Stories for Schools program because it focuses on building students' Spanish communication skills through:

  • Research-based material developed by and for teachers
  • Video-based, hands-on immersion resources
  • Progressive levels that take students from beginners to proficient communicators

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Calico Spanish Stories connects learners with all of the tools they need to learn real Spanish, even without a Spanish-speaking teacher

Because of our unique lesson format and the extensive materials included with each level, you don't need any prior Spanish knowledge to effectively implement this curriculum in your classroom. If you do speak Spanish, this program will lighten your load for lesson planning and give you a valuable framework to build from as you start your students on the path to becoming bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural.

Easy-to-understand Video Stories

full of engaging, comprehensible, real-world Spanish

Activity sheets and dialogues

help children use real language from the very beginning

Colorful flashcards,
posters, and storybooks

for variety in course content

Clear directions
for students and teachers

on every part of every lesson

Fun, energetic music videos

to get kids moving and
singing in Spanish

Training and support available

throughout your Spanish journey from our experienced team

Scaffolded levels provide for easy continuation of language learning

The full Stories for Schools program is divided into scaffolded levels, beginning with Level A and continuing through Level C. Each level is appropriate for use with students in grades K-5 so that the program naturally lends itself to World Language programs that wish to have Spanish classes beginning in kindergarten.

The Calico Spanish Stories program takes a child-friendly storytelling approach to content delivery. Video-based stories guide Spanish language acquisition through comprehensible input. In each level, animal characters interact with each other in a Video Story, introducing students to the language needed to achieve that lesson’s goals. The goals are aligned to the world language standards established by ACTFL.

The Calico Spanish Stories program works with globally-minded schools to equip global citizens with Spanish language skills. Inquiry-based Culture Capsules help students explore the products, practices, and perspectives of Spanish-speaking peoples. Culture Capsules are written in English and address the cultural competencies in the World Language Standards. At the Novice-low to Novice-mid range, students are able to investigate perspectives and also identify and mention products and practices using memorized Spanish language.

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Curriculum structure that helps your students achieve together

The individual levels of the Stories for Schools program give children the chance to absorb the Spanish language through observing Video Stories, Music Videos, pantomime games, and demonstrations, all voiced by native Spanish speakers.

Calico Spanish Stories launches students on the journey to real, measurable proficiency in Spanish.

  • Focused, clear purpose presented in every lesson and every activity
  • Achievable can-do goals in each lesson are aligned with the national standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • 90-95 detailed lesson plans per level equip teachers to lead successful Spanish lessons in just 25-30 minutes per class
  • Review-day lesson plans help teachers and students recycle information and develop long-term memory
  • Accompanying Student Activities move students through skills toward a final assessment where they demonstrate that they can use the language in communicative ways

Set ambitious goals for your students

Students will be able to successfully communicate in Spanish. Concepts and vocabulary are presented and reiterated throughout each lesson so that students can develop conversational Spanish skills. Interactive activities and sentence frames give each student opportunities to express unique ideas in Spanish.

Students are equipped with solid, foundational Spanish skills that enable understanding of new concepts and vocabulary using contextual cues and prior knowledge. By making Spanish fun through the use of video-stories, students are comfortable using their acquired language skills and are responsive with full sentences and independent ideas. It is surprising how quickly children can learn Spanish, so set challenging goals to watch your students progress.

Meet the needs of all learners

It is challenging for teachers to find time to develop interesting lesson plans that meet the diverse needs of their students. Stories for Schools provides detailed lesson plans for teachers so that they can focus on their class. Using proven methods of language acquisition, the lesson plans present topics in diverse ways so that visual, audio and kinesthetic learners can better understand, use, and retain the language.

Visual learners grasp information best when it is presented in an orderly, visible fashion.
Our fabulous video-stories and visual aids are integrated into each lesson so that students can make their own connections between words and images. The colorful graphics engage students while aiding them in comprehension and retention. As a result, teachers can effectively present new ideas and vocabulary.
Audio learners need vocal input and output in order to cement linguistic concepts.
Stories focuses on oral language comprehension, so students are given ample opportunities to hear the language within a context they can understand. Students retain the language because it is presented in a memorable way through video-stories and music videos. Lessons give all students the opportunity to actively communicate, which greatly aids them in language acquisition and retention.
Kinesthetic learners are strongly motivated by movement and touch.
Children want to be a part of Calico Spanish's fun individual and group activities, many of which utilize Total Physical Response (TPR). When students actively participate in Spanish, the language gains meaning and significance. Concepts are best remembered when physical responses are engaged because the movement becomes connected to the language in the student's mind. Students truly enjoy learning through the many skill-building games and activities.

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Level A

Learn the basics with Pedro the fish and Maria the monkey.

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Level B

Talk about family with Pepe the dog and Goyo the cat.

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Level C

Talk about food and things you like to do with Rita the frog.

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Create an immersion classroom with extensive teaching tools

Calico Spanish Stories provides everything you need to create your own Spanish immersion environment. With the quality music, visual aids and detailed Teacher's Guide you will enable your students to learn and communicate in Spanish. Calico Spanish is an incredible, enrichment program for teaching Spanish to elementary-aged children. Each level of Stories resources includes ...

Teacher's Guide

The Teacher’s Guide for each level comes with detailed lesson plans for 90+ sessions of learning. Step-by-step instructions for when to introduce each resource makes for effortless preparation on your part. If you need to leave lesson plans for substitute teachers, simply mark the relevant daily lesson plan. The Teacher’s Guide is spiral bound and printed in full color.

Video Stories on DVD

Each level comes with a DVD loaded with Video Stories, Dialogue Videos, Music Videos, and read aloud Storybook videos. The Storybook videos display a visual copy of each page of the Storybook turning in rhythm with the native Spanish speaking narrator. The content of the DVD is the base around which each lesson is built, and each lesson uses a combination of these resources.

Music & Audio Stories on CD

Each level comes with a Music & Audio Stories CD which includes audio files to accompany the hard copies of the Storybooks narrated by a native speaker. The CD also includes a copy of all of the audio tracks of the Music Videos included on the DVD.

Student Activities

The Student Activities book contains a variety of activities to practice and assess the lesson content (formative and summative assessments). The Student Activities book also includes Culture Capsules, dialogue printouts, vocabulary lists, song lyric sheets, a blank calendar, and maps. Each classroom set includes one master copy of the Student Activities book and a license for the purchasing school to make unlimited copies. Additionally, the classroom set includes a PDF copy of the Activities book so you can print copies from a school computer.

Original Storybooks

Each level of the Stories program comes with a set of original full-color soft cover Storybooks that reinforce all of that level’s material. A video version of these Storybooks being read aloud is included on the Video Stories DVD.

Classroom Posters

Each level comes with a set of posters for displaying related lesson content around the classroom (sized 11in x 17in). Poster subjects include colors, numbers, frequently used phrases, and more.

Flashcards

Each level comes with a set of at least 80 flashcards related to each lesson to reinforce content (sized 4in x 4in). The flashcards include single words, as well as phrases and images.

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What will students learn with Calico Spanish Stories?

The scaffolded levels of the Stories for Schools program cover a range of topics.
Click through the tabs below to view the learning objectives of each of the levels in the Stories program.

Level A

By the end of Level A, your students will be able to complete the following tasks/learning objectives in Spanish:

  • I can greet someone.
  • I can tell my name.
  • I can say whether something is blue.
  • I can tell how old I am.
  • I can count to three.
  • I can describe something as blue.
  • I can identify a fish.
  • I can begin to identify the days of the week.
  • I can tell how I am.
  • I can say whether something is yellow.
  • I can tell you something about me.
  • I can describe the size of something as big or small.
  • I can describe myself as big, small, or smart.
  • I can tell you something I like to do.
  • I can describe something as yellow.
  • I can identify a monkey.
  • I can describe myself using basic adjectives.
  • I can tell whether I like something.
  • I can answer questions and give information about myself, including:
    - my name
    - my age
    - how I am doing
    - what I am like and
    - what I like to do.
Level B

By the end of Level B, in addition to everything they learned in Level A, your students will be able to complete the following tasks in Spanish:

  • I can begin to identify the months of the year.
  • I can identify something brown.
  • I can identify a dog.
  • I can tell someone “I love you.”
  • I can say something about my mom and/or dad.
  • I can tell someone else’s name.
  • I can identify something black.
  • I can talk about my brothers and sisters.
  • I can describe the color of something blue, yellow, black, or brown.
  • I can count to six.
  • I can identify a cat.
  • I can describe members of my family using several adjectives.
  • I can ask and answer the question “How many?”
  • I can use tiene to tell how many brothers and sisters someone has.
  • I can identify a rabbit.
  • I can identify something white.
  • I can talk about my grandparents.
  • I can identify someone that is old or young.
  • I can talk about someone running or playing.
  • I can ask simple questions to discover what people like.
  • I can talk about what other people like to do using some action words.
  • I can talk about my pets.
  • I can react to something I think is cool.
  • I can say what animals people like using several animal words.
  • I can answer questions and give information about my family, including:
    - family words
    - names
    - pets
    - what people are like, and
    - what others like to do.
Level C

By the end of Level C, in addition to everything they learned in Level A and Level B, your students will be able to complete the following tasks in Spanish:

  • I can say what time it is on the hour.
  • I can welcome someone to my house.
  • I can say a few things about my house.
  • I can tell someone my address in Spanish.
  • I can politely ask for something to eat or drink.
  • I can say I want something.
  • I can say that I’m hungry or thirsty.
  • I can mention some foods and drinks I like.
  • I can describe something as gray.
  • I can name some foods I like or don’t like to eat.
  • I can identify the kitchen and living room in my house.
  • I can begin to explain where something is.
  • I can say that I need something.
  • I can describe something as gray.
  • I can name some foods I like or don’t like to eat.
  • I can identify the kitchen and living room in my house.
  • I can begin to explain where something is.
  • I can say that I need something.
  • I can talk about how I feel.
  • I can say it’s time to do something.
  • I can mention something that someone has to do.
  • I can mention some activities I do in my house.
  • I can talk about where something is in my house.
  • I can say whether I want or don’t want to do something.
  • I can say some things that people do during the day.
  • I can categorize something as a person, place, or thing.
  • I can answer questions and give information about my home and routine, including: - making references to time (what time of day it is, what time it is, at what time I do something, that it is time to do something)
    - describing what my house is like
    - talking about some foods and drinks I like or don’t like
    - telling how I feel
    - expressing that I need, want, or have to do some
    - thing related to my daily activities
    - talking about my daily activities
    - describing where an object is located.
Level D

By the end of Level D, in addition to everything they learned in Levels A, B, and C, your students will be able to complete the following tasks in Spanish.

***Please note that the focus for Level D is subject to change and this list will be added to as Level D is still in development, and will be available in 2017.

  • I can describe something pink or orange.
  • I can identify the number of objects I see using numbers up to one hundred.
  • I can talk about some farm animals.
  • I can tell what the weather is like today.
  • I can talk about what weather is typical for a season where I live and in Mexico.
  • I can tell what kind of weather I like.
  • I can begin to tell the sequence of activities using before, after, and then.
  • I can talk about some clothes I wear for different types of weather and seasons.
  • I can mention some parts of my body to talk more about how I feel.
  • I can talk about activities someone does on a family farm in Mexico.
  • I can begin to give a reason using the word because.
Level E

By the end of Level E, in addition to everything they learned in Levels A, B, C, and D, your students will be able to complete the following tasks in Spanish.

***Please note that the focus for Level E is subject to change and this list will be added to as Level E is still in development, and will be available in 2018.

  • I can talk about some places in my city.
  • I can mention some places common in my city and in a city in Latin America.
  • I can identify and describe some zoo animals.
  • I can talk about what the weather and seasons are like in a city in Latin America.
  • I can identify some major geographical features where I live and in a country in Latin America.
  • I can begin to make plans with a friend to do something.
  • I can begin to use words and phrases like yesterday, last week, and tomorrow to identify when an activity happens.
  • I can describe something using many color words, including purple.
  • I can use numbers and phrases to use money in my currency and in a currency in Latin America.

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The Calico Spanish methodology

The Calico Spanish methodology leads to student success

Calico Spanish is designed to help your students enjoy the process of learning Spanish. The goal of Calico Spanish Stories for Schools is to develop a student's receptive language skills and then begin to develop a student's productive language skills. This is accomplished using a variety of interesting, research-based techniques. The curriculum relies predominantly on Tracy Terrell's Natural Approach to language instruction. Other key language instruction theories utilized throughout the program are Stephen Krashen's language acquisition theories and James Asher's Total Physical Response (TPR) methods.

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Calico Spanish is aligned to the ACTFL National Standards

Calico Spanish meets or exceeds the requirements set in "Standards for Learning Spanish" as outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century, published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The standards were developed around five key goals for language learners, known as "The Five C's". They are the following:

  • Communication: Communicate in Spanish
  • Cultures: Gain Knowledge and Understanding of the Cultures of the World
  • Connections: Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information
  • Comparisons: Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture
  • Communities: Participate in Communities at Home and Around the World

These standards provide guidance for the type of curricular experiences that will best equip students for life in a multilingual world. Calico Spanish Stories provides an interactive introduction to Spanish that meets or exceeds each of these goals.

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Easy-to-understand Video
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full of engaging, comprehensible, real-world Spanish

Activity sheets and dialogues

to help children use real language from the beginning

Colorful flashcards, posters, and storybooks

for variety in course content

Clear directions
for students and teachers

on every part of every lesson

Fun, energetic music videos

to get kids moving and
singing in Spanish

Training and support available

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Make learning fun

The Calico Spanish characters engage children in the ways they learn best: stories, songs, and play.

Bite-sized chunks

Lesson vocabulary is introduced in small chunks throughout the lessons, so it’s easy to remember.

Encourage conversation

Our videos show the characters speaking Spanish, encouraging young learners to try the phrases out, too.

Goal-based learning

An easy-to-follow curriculum with daily goals that allow you to track progress.

Put it into practice

We encourage children to use real Spanish with activities and games.

They’ll love to sing it…

… and love to speak it! Our Music Videos work alongside the lessons to aid comprehension.

Cultural insights

Our Culture Capsules introduce children to the Spanish-speaking cultures.

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What will they learn?

Level A

By the end of Level A, children will be able to complete the following tasks in Spanish:

  • I can describe something as blue or yellow.
  • I can identify a monkey or a fish.
  • I can identify the number of objects in a group up to three.
  • I can begin to identify the days of the week.
  • I can describe the size of something as big or small.
  • I can greet someone, answer basic questions, and give information about myself, including:
    – my name
    – my age
    – how I am doing
    – what I am like
    – what I like to do
Level B

By the end of Level B, in addition to everything they learned in Level A, children will be able to complete the following tasks in Spanish:

  • I can begin to talk about the months of the year.
  • I can describe the color of something as brown, black, or white.
  • I can talk about the number of objects in a group, up to six.
  • I can identify a dog, cat, or rabbit.
  • I can tell someone, “I love you.”
  • I can ask and answer the question “How many?”
  • I can ask simple questions to discover what people like.
  • I can talk about my pets.
  • I can react to something I think is cool.
  • I can answer basic questions and give information about my family, including:
    – family words
    – names
    – pets
    – what people are like
    – what others like to do
Level C

By the end of Level C, in addition to everything they learned in Level A and Level B, children will be able to complete the following tasks in Spanish:

  • I can welcome someone to my house.
  • I can describe the color of something green, gray, or red.
  • I can identify a frog or a mouse.
  • I can politely ask for something to eat or drink.
  • I can talk about whether I want or need something.
  • I can say that I’m hungry or thirsty.
  • I can mention some foods and drinks I like or don’t like.
  • I can talk about how I feel.
  • I can mention something someone has to do.
  • I can say whether I want or don’t want to do something.
  • I can mention some things that people do during the day.
  • I can categorize something as a person, place, or thing.
  • I can answer questions and give information about my home and routine, including:
    – making references to time (what time of day it is, what time it is, at what time I do something, that it is time to do something)
    – describing what my house is like
    – talking about some foods and drinks I like or don’t like
    – telling how I feel
    – expressing that I need, want, or have to do something related to my daily activities
    – talking about my daily activities
    – describing where an object is located
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