Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some questions that parents frequently ask about our Spanish classes in San Diego. Click on the question of interest and the corresponding answer will appear.
First, find the school your child attends (Enrichment Classes in San Diego). In mid July or August before the school year begins, registration flyers will be posted to the right of the school name. You can then print the pdf of the 2-page registration form to the right of the school name. Fill out the 2nd page and mail it directly to Sing 'n Speak Spanish at the address shown on the form. If you choose monthly automatic payments, then you also have the option to fax the form and a voided check to 619-221-0362 or scan and e-mail the registration form and a voided check to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you enroll your child, you will receive an e-mail confirmation that your child is registered or on a wait list. Parents will receive a Welcome Letter and e-mail a few days before classes begin.
Note: Some districts or outside organizations take care of the registration and payment for us. In these cases, you will find an information sheet with class details and information on how to register.
In order to offer Sing 'n Speak Spanish classes at a school, we need approval from the school principal or the enrichment organization at the school. Please contact your child's school directly. If the school would like to start a program, they should contact Julia Burnier at email@example.com.
Note: Since we offer classes throughout the school year, we must set them up before the school year begins.
Beginning Spanish learners should sign up for either Year 1A or Year 1B Spanish. Year 1A is most suitable for K - 2nd graders and Year 1B for 2nd - 5th graders. These are both beginning Spanish courses with a similar curriculum, but we teach them with age appropriate activities, workbook, and songs. If your school offers both Year 1A and Year 1B Spanish, your 2nd grader can enroll in either course. Most Kindergarteners who take Year 1A Spanish benefit by taking Year 1B Spanish as 1st graders to solidify the vocabulary and become better readers and writers. They will then be ready for Year 2 Spanish as 2nd graders. If your school only offers one section of Year 1 Spanish, older students will receive the higher level workbook.
Sing 'n Speak Spanish is a sequential curriculum. Students progress from Year 1 to Year 5, where each course assumes the student has learned the vocabulary and grammar from the previous courses or their equivalent. Sometimes your child's Spanish teacher will recommend that your child repeat a course. This is sometimes necessary and does not indicate a failure. We want our students to succeed.
Please go to Spanish Curriculum to see what thematic topics we cover in each course.
If you are still unsure what level to enroll your child, feel free to Contact Us.
ABOUT THE CLASSES
It is important to support your child's Spanish education by not only being involved during the school year with your child's workbook and songs, but also by providing them with other reinforcement, particularly in the summer when we do not offer classes. Here are a few ideas:
* Childhood Adventures, Set 1 is a series of six playful, fully illustrated storybooks. They will help your child retain the vocabulary and grammar from Year 1 Spanish. They are available as little booklets and also as an iBook for your iPad. Go to Spanish Storybooks to learn more about them.
* Translation Sensation is a game that is easy to learn, challenging, and fun. It is a great way for students to reinforce and add to the vocabulary and grammar they have already learned. Levels 1 – 3 of the game drill on vocabulary and grammar taught in Years 1, 2, and 3 of the Sing ‘n Speak Spanish program. Go to Games to learn more about this fun game.
I recommend that your children make a game of learning the meaning of the many street names in San Diego which are in Spanish. Your children can also learn a lot of vocabulary by watching their favorite childhood movies in Spanish with English subtitles, reading Spanish children's books from your local library, and listening to other Spanish children's songs. In addition, they can play on mobile devices educational language learning games which you can easily find by searching the internet.