2nd Grade

World Languages

Twice a week, second graders spend 45 minutes with Simone Ahlborn, exploring Spanish language and culture through a literature-based curriculum.  With stories, songs, and games that reinforce thematic vocabulary, children begin elementary Spanish.  Each lesson begins with a greeting and some basic calendar and geography work on the ‘country of the week’ (en español, Naturalmente).

Students with greater understanding have opportunities to delve deeper, while those new to the language are still able to participate fully in class activities and crafts without feeling left behind.

In the fall, we celebrate El Día de Los Muertos, exploring the religious, musical, artistic, and culinary traditions of Mexico.  In the spring, we work through a salsa recipe that is as delicious (and picante) as it is educational.

During the six weeks that second graders study Japanese history and culture, students study Spanish once per week to focus on the rudiments of Japanese, including vocabulary for weather, counting, and basic social interactions.



Simone Ahlborn

Lower School Spanish

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Simone Ahlborn

Universidad de Barcelona
Brown University – A.B.
Georgetown University and California State University – M.A.

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