Spanish for Kids
Children love learning Spanish with our music videos, games, and more!
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About Calico Spanish
Here’s the problem: Spanish for kids shouldn't be hard to find. Teachers need quality curriculum that helps their learners acquire Spanish in real classrooms in real situations, without the expensive hype, without the political demands for content that doesn’t work, and with support across the spectrum of teachers’ Spanish ability.
Here’s the solution: Spanish for kids is something we're so committed to, we put it in our name.
At Calico Spanish, we aren’t rocket science. We don’t develop for politicians. We are teachers and language learners ourselves, and since 2007, we've existed for one purpose: to provide teachers and children with quality Spanish learning experiences.
What is Calico Spanish Stories?
Simply the best program available to support anyone who wants to teach Spanish for kids.
- 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 help aid comprehension.
- Cultural insights: Our Culture Capsules introduce children to the Spanish-speaking cultures.
- Simplified teaching: Work through the daily lesson plans with all the material at the click of a mouse, whenever you need it.
How does Stories work?
All online • Subscription model • Anyone can teach • Grades K-5
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- Equips you with a fun, animated, 100% digital program.
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- Engages children with comprehensive, varied support materials.
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- Helps children build skills through scaffolded content.
- Empowers teachers of any (or no) Spanish ability with native-speaker audio and step-by-step lesson plans.
- Simplifies your search with transparent, affordable pricing.
- Aligns with national language learning standards (ACTFL Standards here).
More on the Calico Spanish philosophy:
An effective all-encompassing curriculum integrates key elements in achievable chunks. Instead of overwhelming children with long vocabulary lists and grammar, Stories is filled with language connected in context - even in online learning. New concepts and vocabulary are presented in contextualized, bite-sized chunks such as a number, color, animal, actions, and verb phrases. These topics are reiterated throughout our games, songs, and activities to reinforce the language connections for kids learning Spanish. Once these basics are acquired, it is possible to move on to even more complex ideas.
Stories enables you to to build students' comprehension skills and give them a love for Spanish language and culture that will motivate them to continue learning Spanish for years to come. Try Stories today and experience the joy of learning with Calico Spanish for Kids.
Calico Spanish gives instructors an incredible foundation for teaching Spanish to children. The curriculum was structured by teachers so that students have the opportunity to learn Spanish in an immersion environment.
Children absorb the language through observing gestures, visual aids, pantomime and demonstrations. They comprehend Spanish throughout various activities by using audio cues, visual aids and actions to stimulate their brains' language acquisition centers. Finally, they have the opportunity to naturally use Spanish as they engage in fun activities and sing along with our custom music resources.
Interactive lessons and sentence frames in conversation activities 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 when presented using contextual cues and prior knowledge.
By making Spanish fun for kids, they are comfortable using their acquired language skills and are responsive with full sentences and independent ideas by the end of our Stories program. It is surprising how quickly children can learn Spanish, so set challenging goals to watch your students progress.
It is challenging for teachers to find time to develop interesting lesson plans that meet the diverse needs of their students. Calico Spanish makes lesson preparation quick and easy for teachers so they can focus on their class. Teachers are equipped with research-based strategies that are interwoven into over 200 hours of step-by-step lesson plans. 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.
The lesson plans supply teachers with an array of options for introducing and reviewing concepts and vocabulary in Spanish. These different methods encompass all types of learners to create an environment where teaching and learning Spanish is enjoyable. Since children are discovering the language for themselves through vibrant visual aids, catchy music and TPR activities they better retain the language and actively want to use it. From the first presentation to the last targeted assessment, teachers are equipped to engage each of their students to make learning Spanish fun.
Calico Spanish provides everything you need to create your own Spanish immersion environment. With the quality music, visual aids and detailed plans you will enable your students to learn and communicate in Spanish. Calico Spanish is an incredible, enrichment program for providing elementary-aged children with the opportunity to become bilingual and biliterate and explore the cultures of the Spanish-speaking peoples, especially through our unique inquiry-based Culture Capsules.
The vibrant graphics set a cheerful tone that attracts eager learners. Furthermore, the custom visuals allow teachers to easily communicate new concepts, tie the components of the curriculum together, and help students make connections between written and vocalized words.
Calico Spanish is designed to make Spanish for kids an enjoyable experience. The primary goal of the early Stories levels is to develop a student's receptive language skills. As learners progress, they are able to ask and answer more complex questions and accomplish useful tasks using their own original Spanish!
You can fully explore how Calico Spanish Stories works by navigating a full lesson here.
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