ChiCeLaCu! offers Spanish in-person and Spanish online programs for children ages 2.5 through 12. Students learn to speak, read, and write in Spanish through various interactive activities involving games, music, puppetry, dance, theater and traditional classroom or online 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, schedules parent-teacher conferences, and holds student presentations.
ChiCeLaCu! applies two separate, sequential, and equally effective curricula: one for native/highly proficient Spanish speakers and another for language learners.
Our Spanish for Native Speakers curriculum came to fruition after a long review process of existing educational models from Latin America and UNESCO funded educational initiatives implemented in Mexico, Colombia, Chile, and Peru. We offer a complete, sequential curriculum from Pre-K to 6th grade. Our Pre-K to Kindergarten curriculum effectively addresses cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. It focuses on building strong reading, writing, and math foundations through structured and age appropriate activities involving arts and crafts, play, music, dance, one-on-one instruction and much more. The elementary Spanish curriculum focuses on speaking, reading, writing, spelling, and grammar. Students use age and level appropriate textbooks and materials from Latin America thus allowing for the seamless integration of cultural elements during each lesson.
Classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced level students focus on developing Spanish conversational and writing proficiency. 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.