Preschool Spanish

TEACHER BIO: Charlotte Skeffington (AKA Maestra Carlota)

Maestra Carlota completed undergraduate studies in International Affairs and Latin American Studies at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and spent the following 2 years in El Salvador where she served as a Rural Heath & Sanitation Peace Corps Volunteer. Upon completion of Peace Corps Service, Charlotte returned to Seattle where she worked as an Elementary Program Coordinator with New Futures—a branch of Southwest Youth and Family Services.

Spanish Curriculum

Every Monday in our 3’s and 4’s classroom:

  • She brings special art activities and leads us in Stories, Games, and Songs for Circle Time
  • She begins with concrete concepts that fit into a child’s world (colors, shapes, numbers, parts of the body,  common phrases) and moves to conversational phrases.
  • She engages them in conversation as they play together throughout the school day.
  • Her warm and gentle spirit sets a no-pressure tone of encouragement and fun.

She shares her culture as kids learn to make “Bate Bate Chocolate” and bread from Posadas and more (Did you know that authentic Mexican piñatas are NOT filled with candy??).

For parents who want to be more involved she suggests books, websites for listening to pronunciation, games, etc.

Teacher Karla believes learning a language is great fun and that exposing preschoolers to Spanish language and culture will open the door to a lifetime of interest in other languages and cultures.

Why do we think our Spanish Program makes the Lincoln Park Co-op special?

  1. (Uno!) Brain research tells us that early exposure to foreign language develops neural (brain) pathways that make language learning easier.
  2. (Dos!) Exposure to other cultures helps prepare kids for their future which will be one without global boundaries.
  3. (Tres!) The kids love it!