Foreign Language


Early Childhood and Pre-Kindergarten (ages 2 & 3)
Students in the Early Childhood and Pre-Kindergarten Language program learn Spanish through music, movement, storybooks,games and play in the language. The children participate in an interactive program with a high level of immersion in Spanish. The students celebrate each season with toys, props and captivating manipulatives which ultimately initiate conversational Spanish.

Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten (ages 4 & 5)
These students learn the language through music, movement, storybooks, games and artistic representations. The students enjoy an immersion approach to language with class activities that reinforce mastery of a wide range of sentence building activities in the language.  The lessons celebrate the season with engaging props, toys, and art projects that facilitate communication in Spanish. A cultural appreciation is also gained as students sing traditional Spanish songs, explore celebrations, and learn about customs from the Spanish speaking world.

1st - 4th Grades
Students practice listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Spanish. Music, movement, song, art, games and storybooks continue to engage the students and create relevance in the vocabulary. The Sym-Talk method enhances the curriculum and encourages sentence building activities through the manipulation of the various parts of speech. Practice sheets and vocabulary lists remain in the students’ folders to reference during our Spanish class. Cultural activities promote an appreciation of the diverse cultures of the Spanish speaking world.

Middle School (5th and 6th Grades)
Students build upon their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Spanish. Various textbook and workbook activities supplement the conversational aspect of the class. Vocabulary sheets remain in their folders for reference during our Spanish class activities. The goal is to prepare students to enter Secondary School Spanish with strong comprehension, pronunciation,and sentence building skills. The students also gain an appreciation for the Spanish speaking world, and recognize the Spanish language that appears in their daily lives.



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Vonna Despotis
Spanish Specialist - Early Childhood through Fourth Grade

Vonna Despotis delivers Spanish instruction for students in Early Childhood through Second Grade. Vonna has Missouri certification in Spanish K-12 and a Masters of Education, a BS in Spanish Education and a BA in Spanish Language. Vonna has been a part of the faculty at the Spanish Clubhouse in Kirkwood for the past nine years. Vonna looks forward to the students acquiring Spanish skills.

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