Students begin with Spanish in grades K-2 for 15 minutes twice a week. The K-2 curriculum includes topics such as, greetings, sounds of letters, numbers, shapes, and days of the week, colors, courtesy expressions, clothing, family members, pets, feelings and more. Students also learn aspects of the Spanish language and culture through celebrations, short stories, and song. All K-2 students participate in rhyme celebration each year through the CT COLT (Connecticut Council of Language Teachers) in which students can choose to learn a song or rhyme in any language. Also, elementary students engage in a pen pal exchange with a school in playa del Carmen, Mexico.
The FLES (Foreign Language Elementary School) program is based on the belief that the study of Spanish language and culture strengthens intellectual skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and the ability to make connections between the various disciplines taught in grades K-5. Individuals who are competent in a second language are an asset to local and world communities due to their enhanced understanding of global concerns.