Immersing students in Spanish is serious business for a Christian school where students will soon be learning science, math, and physical education classes in Spanish.
The Lansing Christian School will team with the Add a Lingua company to create and develop the program. The students will use what company representative Kristi Van Dyk calls an “early total one way model”.
“In kindergarten through second grade, students will spend 100 percent of their instructional time learning the kindergarten curricula in Spanish,” Van Dyk said. “Instructional time in English begins in third grade and increases incrementally in third through 12th.”
The program is set to begin in the fall with kindergarten. The average day for a student in an immersion class looks much like any average day, only all communication is in Spanish. This is done to achieve fluency in Spanish.