We offer several Spanish Immersion programs for children ages 3 through 12. Students learn to speak, read, and write through games, music, puppetry, dance, theater and traditional classroom instruction. Our experience indicates that a long-term curriculum of at least 4 consecutive years is necessary for children to reach Spanish proficiency. To monitor and showcase students’ progress, ChiCeLaCu! assigns homework, conducts quarterly evaluations, parent-teacher conferences, and holds two performances a year.

ChiCeLaCu! follows two separate, sequential and equally effective curricula: one for native Spanish speakers and another for children who are new to the language.

For Spanish Speakers:

ChiCeLaCu’s curriculum came to fruition after a long review process of existing educational models from Latin America. We offer a complete curriculum for Pre-K to 6th grade based on UNESCO-funded educational initiatives implemented in Mexico, Colombia, Chile, and Peru. Our Pre-K to kindergarten curriculum builds a strong foundation for the language and mathematical concepts through games, arts and crafts, theater and dance. Preschoolers begin to read and write in Spanish! The elementary curriculum focuses on speaking, reading, writing, spelling, and grammar. Students use age and level appropriate textbooks and materials that originated in Latin America thus allowing for the seamless integration of cultural elements during each lesson.

For English Speakers:

The curriculum is divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced levels and focuses on developing conversational and writing skills. Grammar lessons are integrated into individual, group and class activities that reflect real life situations and allow students to express themselves in correct conversational Spanish. Students use age and level appropriate textbooks and materials and are exposed, through various classroom activities, to different Latin American cultures. Non-native speakers who complete the advanced levels move on to the native-speaker curriculum.