This summer, South Austin will host summer camps for children totally directed in Spanish. Live the Language has offered Spanish Immersion Summer camps for children since 2005. Director Diedre and her well-trained staff offer a full schedule of classes ranging from grammar and oral lessons to yoga exercises to cooking classes all in Spanish. Help your child succeed in learning a second language by enrolling them in a summer camp totally immmersed in it!
The Austin-area Live the Language Summer Immersion Spanish Camp is located in Cherry Creek near South Central Market at “La escuelita mexicana.” Camps are for kids between ages 5-15. Four 2-week camps are offered this summer. Camp begins as early as 8 a.m. and ends as late as 3 p.m.
For more information on how to enroll your son or daughter in a Live the Language Spanish camp, contact Deidre directly by calling her on her cell, (512) 762-4907, by visiting their website at www.livethelanguage.org or email her at info [at] livethelanguage [dot] org.
Breakdown of a typical day:
8:30 a.m. Yoga in Spanish.
After students have become familiar with the poses, each student gets to play the teacher by going upfront and leading the class with a yoga pose. By the second week of the camp, the whole yoga routine is done in Spanish.
9:00-9:30 a.m. “Almuerzo”
In Mexico, the “almuerzo” is the second breakfast. At this time, campers learn new Spanish vocabulary and practice expressions at the table. Campers should have a light breakfast before coming to class such as fruit or cereal. Almuerzo includes dishes like “Torrijas” (French Toast) and “huevos revueltos con jamón y queso” (Scrambled eggs with cheese and ham) served with whole wheat freshly baked biscuits.
9:30-9:50 a.m. Board games in Spanish
Campers play games such as “memory” or “who knew?” to enrich their Spanish vocabulary. They also play outdoor games in Spanish.
9:50-10:00 a.m. Recreo (Recess)
10:00-10:50 a.m. Spanish grammar and Spanish oral practice
10:50-11:00 a.m. Recreo (Recess)
11:00 a.m.-11:20 a.m. Cooking lessons in Spanish
Some of the recipes prepared are “sopa de verduras” (vegetable soup), “picadillo de pavo” (turkey picadillo), pizza, “helado de vainilla” (vanilla ice cram),”pizza hecha en casa” (pizza from scratch).
11:20 a.m.-11:45a.m. Reading activity
Reading is an important part of the program. Through reading Spanish, students attain the tone of the language. Many students read excellently in Spanish without knowing the word-for-word meaning of what they were reading. Nevertheless, they attain the tone and pronunciation of native speakers while following a story in Spanish and inferring the meaning of words through pictures.
11:45 a.m. Board games or outdoor games
12:00 p.m. Art
Students draw something related to the grammar and vocabulary lesson and personalize what they drew by writing about it.
12:30 p.m. Hora de la comida (Lunch time)
At this time, campers learn new Spanish vocabulary and practice common Spanish expressions at the table.
1:00 p.m. Recorded Spanish readings
After lunch, depending on the day of the week, campers listen to individual recorded readings, play board games or play outdoor games.
1:30 p.m. Pick-up time
1:30 p.m. Spanish Movie
The children who are staying through 3 p.m. watch a movie in Spanish.
2:30 p.m. Popcorn snack (palomitas)
3:00 p.m. Pick-up time