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Spanish

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Cindy Avendano

Sra. Avendano has been teaching Spanish at Bright School since 2016. She and her family moved from Puebla, Mexico, to Chattanooga in 2010. Sra. Avendano teaches grades first through fifth.

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Claudia Rodriguez

Sra. Rodriguez has been teaching at Bright School since 2015. She became the early childhood Spanish teacher in 2016. She and her husband moved from Mexico City, Mexico, to Chattanooga in 2015.

Envisioning our students as future global citizens, the Bright School Spanish experience provides vital foreign language exposure and experience at a young age. Our Spanish curriculum embraces a broad spectrum of communication skills. With rich curricular experiences, the program offers a vision of what students should know and be able to apply in all languages. The goal of the Spanish classroom experience is to develop positive attitudes and excitement toward learning the Spanish language. Through the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, students are able to broaden their awareness, acceptance, and understanding of Spanish and Hispanic culture.

Visit our Spanish Resources for more information for current families.

Pre-Kindergarten

• Begins to develop pronunciation of basic Spanish vocabulary
• Demonstrates an understanding of the language through multimedia, songs, and storytelling
• Explores Hispanic culture and traditions

Kindergarten

• Builds basic Spanish vocabulary by learning the Spanish alphabet and the sounds of the letters
• Integrates content learning through multimedia, singing, dancing, games, and storytelling
• Explores Hispanic culture and traditions

First Grade

• Recognizes language as a tool of communication and increases Spanish vocabulary
• Begins reading and writing in Spanish
• Refines pronunciation of the Spanish letters
• Builds knowledge of Hispanic culture and traditions

Second Grade

• Understands and interprets written and spoken Spanish
• Expands Spanish vocabulary
• Recognizes language as an interdisciplinary opportunity to build upon knowledge acquired in other subject areas
• Builds knowledge of Hispanic culture and traditions

Third Grade

• Engages in conversations, asks questions, expresses feelings, and exchanges opinions using Spanish vocabulary
• Relates the information studied in other subjects to Spanish
• Understands Hispanic culture and traditions
• Explores technology as a learning tool for acquisition of Spanish

Fourth Grade

• Begins to work independently and in small groups in reading, writing, and speaking the Spanish language
• Learns integrated content for social studies, math, and science to acquire Spanish in a meaningful context
• Explores Latin American culture and traditions
• Uses technology in and out of the classroom as a learning tool for acquisition of Spanish

Fifth Grade

• Works independently and in small groups in reading, writing, and speaking the Spanish language
• Interacts with native speakers to discuss Hispanic food, traditions, and culture
• Learns Spanish grammar in a natural sequence: understanding, speaking, reading, and writing
• Uses technology in and out of the classroom as a learning tool for acquisition of Spanish