Spanish for Children

Instructor Gina Covello has experience with Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Junior High and High School teaching experience and is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter Home School. See our Yelp reviews.

ECE: Started the School Readiness program for Mt. Diablo Unified School District in conjunction with First 5 Contra Costa.

Elementary Education: Taught 3rd Grade for Los Angeles School District and 6th Grade English while serving in U.S. Peace Corps in Costa Rica. Has extensive tutoring experience through Meyers Learning Center.

Junior High: Started the Spanish Program at St. Justin School, Santa Clara and taught Grades 6-8.

High School: Taught Spanish at Anzar High School, San Juan Bautista to heritage speakers in Grades 9-12 and taught Spanish 3. Has extensive experience tutoring and working with small groups.

Academic Spanish with Habla Language Services

We offer an academic (yet still fun) program for children. Your child will learn basic vocabulary and grammar through music, art and fun. We customize the program to your child’s interest as much as possible. This has included vocabulary and practice activities for Minecraft, nature, flowers, manners, and more! We even did a scavenger hunt at the end and with permission to eat churros or flan!

2017 Academic Schedule

2nd – 5th Grade: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. We are using EMP’s Symtalk series. Workbook must be purchased through the publisher. We use symbols to learn new words and then interactively use the cards to form sentences. There is also time for writing sentences in the workbook.

3rd – 5th Grade: Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. We are using Habla Language Services proprietary curriculum. Students must know basics. We will be working with verbs and forming sentences. We combine music and drawing with learning new words and have fun while discovering Spanish.

7th – 8th Grade: Thursdays, 7-8 p.m.  We have started a high school textbook called Qué Chévere. Students joining this class must already know the basics and must be familiar with using verbs. Purchase of the textbook is required. We also use the Workbook and Grammar & Vocabulary workbook which are highly recommended.

4th – 7th: Intermediate Conversation: If your child already knows some Spanish and you want them to practice conversation and build their grammar and vocabulary, join this class on Thursdays 4:30-5:30 p.m.

High School: Please contact us to select a group that works best for your child. Your child can join one of our adult Spanish Conversational Series  or we can start a small group and use a high school textbook. Private tutoring sessions are also available.

If you would like more information, or to add more options to the schedule, contact us

COSTA RICA IMMERSION: We will soon have more detailed information for our Costa Rica Summer Immersion Program. The program will take place the first two weeks of August 2017 and will be open to adults or families. If children want to participate, they must attend with at least one parent. This program will be highly interactive and task based. You will have the opportunity to live with a local family and experience complete immersion or there will also be a hotel option.

SUMMER CAMPUpon request, we will offer a summer camp that focuses on cultural understanding while still teaching the basics. We do this through music, play, and art. Countries we will be exploring: Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica and Ecuador.  Click here for more information.

Location:  Peninsula TBD
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Date: 2017 Date TBD. Will offer in July if requested.

Hours: 1-4 p.m.

Ages: 6-10 years old

Cost: $TBD – includes all materials

Studies show that exposing young children to another language actually helps with brain development. Executive Director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages said, “When you expose young children to another language, they really end up with a native pronunciation and intonation, which is harder to develop later on, and it also works a different part of the brain,” Abbott said. “We always talk about the cognitive benefit of learning another language at an early age, and there are also academic benefits, like increased proficiency in language arts.”