Spanish (TK-1st) 1:30 - 2:20
Instructor: Gabriela Bennett
Course Fee: $140
Spanish, is a learning journey for kids and customized to fit the needs of the students and parents. It's an opportunity to engage kids in learning about the Spanish language, including the cultures of the countries where Spanish is spoken. Using best practices from a variety of second-language teaching strategies, we provide a foundation of basic Spanish phrases and vocabulary. Through movement, Total Physical Response, song, music, art, and reading and listening activities, our students learn the very basics of speaking, and love the Spanish language. The biggest goal of our program is to expose our students to the language in an engaging, play- and project-based environment.
Gabriela has been teaching children in various capacities for nearly a decade. First, at NYU, she worked with Jumpstart (an AmeriCorps program) in a preschool in the Lower East Side. Upon moving to the Bay Area, Gabriela again worked with AmeriCorps as a youth development worker in East Oakland. Next came Classroom Matters, where Gabriela worked as a Spanish teacher, Spanish program facilitator, and helped to start the CMASP program as its founding director for 6 years. Last year Gabriela worked as a pre-k teacher in Berkeley, falling in love with all things early childhood education. Gabriela feels strongly that helping children feel loved, valued, and supported is the most important step to facilitating meaningful learning. When not working, she can be found walking with her pup, trying to keep all of her house plants alive, or enjoying concerts of favorite musicians