Happy campers are returning campers, so the Kallpachay standard includes keeping communication flow smooth from home to camp. We are responsive to our campers’ needs as they change from day to day and throughout the day.
Using language as a tool to communicate while performing other activities is the most natural way to learn, so as campers focus on the objective of the game/activity they forget they are using Spanish to play along.
● Each week our theme has approximately 15 new key words that are integrated daily into multiple activities.
● Using visual aids in the context of playing a game, sport, singing a song, doing a craft, or cooking; campers are exposed to and practicing target vocabulary at regular intervals throughout the day.
These are the key words and phrases presented
in the context of daily routines. These routines parallel what campers are accustomed to from their prior experience. (If your child has never been in a group educational setting then they
will learn from other campers within this new experience).
● The vocabulary of our daily routines link all camp weeks together.
● Daily routines include: arrival and greetings, morning and closing circle, use of classroom materials, cleaning up, washing up, preparing for and eating snack/lunch, bathroom use.
● Model meaning for campers with movements, gestures, visual representations.
● Model step by step instructions using samples to introduce activities.
● Speak slowly to help students discern individual words.
● Encourage campers to repeat words with gentle prompts.
● Communicate with simple phrasing and sentence structure.
● Are keen observers of campers’ facial expressions and body language.
● Do not let children know they speak English.
● Remind students to speak in Spanish when they know they have the knowledge base.
IT WORKS because our counselors:
● HAVE FUN WITH KIDS
● Create chants and sing silly songs
● Smile and laugh a lot
● Are lively, energetic and creative
● Are attentive to campers’ needs
● Are leading activities that are naturally fun for kids
● Is an acquisition model for 15 - 25 new target vocabulary words per week that can be produced when prompted.
● Comprehension of most classroom instructions and related routine vocabulary.
● Accents are nearly perfect, speaking at regular intervals throughout the day
● Fulfill basic needs by communicating with the instructor and other students in Spanish
● Is an exposure model and enhances campers’ detection of differences in speech patterns, sounds, and recognition of common words and grammatical sequences.
● Comprehension of most commonly used phrases within the week.