Sube publishes a Spanish curriculum for preschool through 5th grade. I have been working with the Level A materials and I am so impressed! Sube is used by many schools and it has proved very easy to use with smaller groups and in an after-school setting. This is because Sube has great lesson plans and the materials can be used in a variety of ways.
The Level A set has games, books, reproducible take-home books for kids, reproducible activity sheets, a CD of songs, a DVD and a lesson manual with detailed plans and the material you need for many activities. All of the lessons are carefully coordinated to provide the support and repetition children need to learn Spanish.
There is lots of information about the program and many testimonials from teachers, administrators and parents on the Sube website: Spanish curriculum for elementary created by Sube. I will highlight a few of the features that I like most about the program.
– The lesson plans. There are specific suggestions on how to structure once-a-week or daily classes with options to ensure that material is re-entered. The structure provides for repetition with sufficient variation to keep the material interesting.
– Bingo. The bingo game, with materials for four units, is more than traditional Bingo. It moves to using descriptions as clues so that kids are learning verbs and a wide range of vocabulary. As teachers, many of us use clues like this to make Bingo a higher-level game, but it is impossible to choose and reinforce the grammar and vocabulary systematically. Sube adds a deeper internal structure. With Sube, kids are getting the most language learning possible out of the activities.
– Effective scaffolding. Sube Spanish curriculum moves children from comprehension to production as they also acquire literacy skills. In many curricula, there is not enough support for the transition from comprehension to really using the language. Often, kids learn vocabulary and simple phrases, but the material is not integrated enough to achieve the competence they need to move to a higher level. Sube ensures that there is plenty of exposure to the language, lots of opportunity to practice, and a step-by-step progression that really moves kids ahead.
– Early-reader take home books. These reproducible books are great! Each book is really two books. The libro de trabajo (workbook) that goes with each take-home book has a single written exercise (for example, order a sentence, complete a sentence, answer a question) for each page of the book. There is a picture to support the language in each of these exercises. This simple structure engages the children with the text and builds comprehension and production skills very effectively. Ingenious! These take-home books are a valuable component in Sube’s transition to Spanish literacy.
– The reproducible activity sheets. These written activities are another important part of moving children to literacy. They provide organized repetition of essential vocabulary, verbs forms and grammatical structures.
– The whole is much more than the sum of its parts. Sube works because it is a coherent program. It is very carefully structured and the material is integrated to provide for true learning. The value lies in the coordination. Honestly, there is no way for teachers and parents to create the equivalent learning experience using disparate materials.
– A Spanish curriculum for homeschoolers. Languages can be particularly challenging to teach in a homeschool setting. Parents have to invest in a variety of materials to be successful and there is a tendency to fall back on a traditional translation/grammar approach. That is not the most effective way to learn, especially for children. Sube is a wonderful alternative. Rather than purchasing a pre-made classroom set, parents can download the files and print materials, saving a considerable expense. Homeschooling parents get the coordination and structure that make the curriculum so effective at a reasonable cost.
As I mentioned, there are many testimonials to the effectiveness of this curriculum and I am happy to add my voice to the chorus. If you are looking for a Spanish program to use with children in almost any situation, be sure to consider Sube.
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Disclosure: The company sent me a copy of this product to be able to write the article. All of the ideas and opinions are my own.