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Florence

Thursday at the Lilly Library, 19 Meadow St
September 12 - December 19 (no class Halloween or Thanksgiving)

Parent/child classes for ages birth-5
2:45-3:20 and 5:00-5:35

Drop-off classes for ages 6-10
3:30-4:10 and 4:15-4:50

$215 first child, siblings $180, siblings under one are free

Greenfield

Email Laurie at muchogustospanish@gmail.com for updates on Greenfield classes.

To register:

1. Please email Laurie at muchogustospanish@gmail.com with your preferred location and time.

2. Once you receive email confirmation that there is space in your selected class,click here to download the registration form in PDF Format (Requires Acrobat Reader).

Click here to download the application as a Word Document (Requires Microsoft Word 2002).

Please submit registration and payment by check to Laurie Davidson, 56 Court Square, Montague, MA 01351. If you would like to receive your packet in advance of your first class, please include an additional $5 for postage. Gracias!

Full payment with registration
Payment plans and barters possible by prior arrangement with instructor

Tuition is refundable before the 1st day of class minus $15.
Refunds are not available after the 2nd class, but make-ups are allowed throughout the session.
Please contact the instructor for a make-up class schedule.

Class Descriptions:

Spanish for children 0-5 and their parents
Songs, fingerplays, singing games and creative movement
Fun and accessible for all language levels, from beginners to bilinguals

The class follows a general rhythm, though the instructor adapts each unique class to the ages, interests, and energy levels of the individual children and the particular dynamic of each group. Sitting in a circle, we start each class with our greeting song, followed by finger plays and small body movements. Next we act out a song using individual felt cut-outs or stuffed animals to facilitate comprehension. Then we are ready to MOVE. We play group circle games, dance, and act out songs with our whole bodies, often using scarves, colored streamers, or instruments. After movement, we wind down with a lullaby or mellow closing song using gestures or picture cards. And finally, we end each class with our goodbye song, Adios, amigos.

Spanish for 6*-9 year olds
*If your child is between 5 and 6, please contact me to discuss which class format would be most appropriate.
Games, storytelling, drama, poems and songs (drop-off class, parents are invited to join us for the last 15 minutes)

This next level of Mucho Gusto Spanish includes songs and creative movement as well, but we encourage more independent oral production through games, storytelling and drama. Each session is organized around a theme to maximize repetition for vocabulary development. To accommodate a range of reading abilities, we also layer the written language into many of our activities through song charts, picture labels, and matching games.

Since many children in the group are coming straight from school or a long car ride, we often spend the first part of class moving. We incorporate our target vocabulary or review of previously introduced vocabulary into gross motor activities, including singing/movement games, duck, duck, goose, Simon says, or repeated movements while we count to ever higher numbers first by ones, and then by twos, fives and tens.

Then we are ready to settle down for some calmer games: concentration with vocabulary picture cards, composing silly sentences, passing and guessing games, introducing new poems or songs, or reading and retelling a story.

Once we've reached a certain level of comfort and independence, we'll break into pairs or small groups and play games to further practice the language: buying/selling games with picture cards, issuing (polite) commands to a partner, guessing games, or dramatizing a story.

Suggested home activities and games allow students to share their learning with their families and incorporate Spanish into their everyday lives. These are optional and can be completed according to each family's schedule. Students have the opportunity to complete writing and drawing projects on our target theme. At the end of the session, we compile these into individual or class books.