A Spanish language arts program is offered to all students at St. Thomas K-8. K-4 graders receive Spanish once a week, while the fifth- eighth grade students participate in Spanish twice a week.
K-3 graders are introduced to the Spanish language through Smartboard exercises, hands-on crafts, worksheets,simple conversations, music, artifacts, bilingual stories and games. An emphasis is placed on vocabulary acquisition while basic grammatical concepts are introduced. Thematic units include the following topic:
- Community Places
- The Classroom and Around the House
- The Family
- Days of the Week, Months and Seasons
- Weather Conditions and Calendar Terms
- Foods and Drinks
- The Human Body
- Action Verbs
Fourth graders explore the Spanish language with a specific look at the country of Mexico. Their year is bountiful in vocabulary including a review of greetings, numbers, the months and weather, clothing, parts of the body, descriptive adjectives, holidays, foods, family, the house, the community, animals, school and feelings. Written and oral grammatical exercises teach the students to express their likes and dislikes, present tense verb usage and basic sentence structure. They enjoy "real life' scenarios where they can put their spanish to use - during in class presentations such as fashion show or dining at a mexican restaurant.