North Central Academy students learn Spanish and Sign Language the same way they learned their primary language, through experience and immersion.
At North Central Academy, students learn Spanish and American Sign Language from kindergarten on. Teachers use American Sign Language to introduce new vocabulary sight words. This provides students with a more concrete learning experience, as well as the richness of learning elements of a new language. This allows even non-reading students the opportunity to develop vocabulary and make a more permanent imprint of the new language skill.
We also begin teaching Spanish in kindergarten. Spanish is a required class at every grade level and is incorporated into many areas of our students' education — even on the playground! Spanish instruction is delivered throughout our curriculum to all ages using an instructional method known as Total Physical Response. TPR is consistent with our emphasis on useful, relevant and visual learning. Students first learn to speak and to listen in Spanish and later are asked to write and read it.