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Alyssa Clark
Alyssa Clark
2023-05-31
recommends
My 7 year old just finished her first year of Expedition Spanish and it's absolutely amazing to see how much she has learned in such a short amount of time. We are looking forward to continuing next year and highly recommend the program!
Krystina Rodriguez
Krystina Rodriguez
2023-05-26
recommends
We just finished our first year with Expedition Spanish (kids ages 7 and 9). Senor Wolf runs an engaging and immersive zoom class 2x per week for 30 minutes. He has such superb class management skills that all my worries about zoom group experiences went out the window. I can hear the kids happily interacting and participating in every class. Senor Wolf is so calm and pleasant and inclusive to all. My husband speaks fluent Spanish and I took a few years in high school myself, but we just weren't managing to teach the kids on our own. Having this consistent class through the year helps keep Spanish a priority in our home. We are still able to be a part of their learning process using the free resources he creates and provides that accompany the weekly classes, and some are so funny too so it just adds to the overall enjoyable experience. And the best part is it's working! The kids are using Spanish phrases all on their own without any prompting.. and it makes our hearts so happy! The immersive/conversational format and cultural appreciation is really helping them to not just learn to speak it, but to also grow a love of the language. Thanks so much Sr Wolf and I wish you luck as you expand your program!
Melissa Balk Bumgarner
Melissa Balk Bumgarner
2022-11-14
recommends
My 10-year-old is really enjoying learning Spanish with Expedition Spanish. Senor Wolf is a great teacher - he is always enthusiastic and seems to really enjoy teaching. He is also incredibly patient with the younger kids. Highly recommend!
Ashlea Turner Gearin
Ashlea Turner Gearin
2022-11-14
recommends
My kids are loving these classes! They are learning so much every week. Thank you!
Jeff N Kelly Downing
Jeff N Kelly Downing
2022-01-24
recommends
My daughter took Spanish last school year and didn't really enjoy it or retain it. Senor Wolf is just the right amount of "goofy" mixed in with every lesson that keeps my daughter engaged and excited for what's to come. He does a virtual background at the beginning of each lesson which takes the kids on a mini field trip to grab their attention. Senor Wolf is excited to teach and it shows!
Mollie McKee
Mollie McKee
2021-12-15
recommends
My homeschooled kiddos have been taking these classes self-paced style and I’m constantly floored with how much they absorb and how quickly!! I really appreciate the repetition that Sr. Wolf uses as I think it builds confidence and keeps their knowledge base strong. I often hear them using the conversations they have learned during play at home and it’s super impressive!
Laura Schmaura
Laura Schmaura
2021-12-15
recommends
My family uses the self paced/prerecorded lessons. In only a few months, my children are able to speak complete Spanish sentences! My kids love Spanish lesson days and love when it is a ‘conversation with Jose’ lesson. I appreciate the way Sr. Wolf’s program builds vocabulary while also teaching them how to have practical, real life conversations. I am amazed that they have progressed so quickly.
Cheri Warner
Cheri Warner
2021-11-10
recommends
My child loves learning with Señor Wolf! He keeps them very engaged, fast paced fun, but really teaches about the culture of Spanish speaking countries. Fabulous!
Michelle B Whitney
Michelle B Whitney
2021-07-20
recommends
My daughter learned so much last year 2020-2021 during her first year of Spanish. She was eager to share and practice what she learned with Nate. She will continue another year as she really enjoyed the games and exercises regularly instructed in each class. She looked forward to Tuesday and Thursday mornings and looks forward to returning again 2021-2022
Laura Christian
Laura Christian
2021-07-20
recommends
Senor Wolf is a fantastic teacher. He is so patient with the kids and he makes sure that each child is able to participate. He is also very aware of how the kids are feeling! I appreciate how he gives the kids opportunities to move around while still learning! He really keeps it fun and enjoyable for my kids!

Program Information:

Spanish is a long and difficult journey! There is no getting around that. The only way to mold students into future proficient Spanish speakers is to keep them engaged so that they want to stick with Spanish for many years to come! Learning must be fun and natural! If children are not engaged, what is the point in trying to teach them? Every live class begins with an exciting cultural mini-lesson to set the stage and keep children motivated and excited for their own future Spanish-speaking adventures! From there we move into games, fun books, challenges and movement led by teachers who are passionate and skilled in making education FUN!  Our curriculum emphasizes natural learning so that children can build their Spanish skills the same way that they learned English. This is the only way to true fluency!

Beginner (first year)

  • The first half of this year is spent helping students build up a solid foundation of the basics.
  • With those basics, we start to dive into more and more immersion challenges, using repetition, visual cues and acting to build strong connections to the most common and important words and phrases in any language! Grammar is learned totally naturally through lots and lots of repetition.

Upper beginner (second year)

  • Deeper immersion through games, books and listening and speaking challenges to continue building those connections. 
  • Beginning to learn more complicated grammar, like how to understand and speak about the past in Spanish and use more complex verbs. We occasionally break into ‘grammar mini-lessons’ here to help our more analytical learners, but then it is back to immersion and repetition for a more natural language acquisition experience.

Intermediate (third year)

  • Continuation of last year, focusing on the most difficult of Spanish concepts with a similar philosophy of grammar mini-lessons as introductions followed by instruction for natural acquisition through repetition and immersion. Students are at a point now where we can have more detailed conversations, begin debating in Spanish, watch and listen to very challenging authentic resources and more.

Year Four and beyond

  • 100% immersion. Games, conversations and authentic cultural resources reach the advanced level.
  • As the program grows, we hope to be able to offer virtual international language exchange programs.
  • Travel opportunities are also a future possibility for older students or students with their families if desired. 

Unsure about where to place your child? Click here to contact Señor Wolf

Classes meet twice per week for 30-minutes each session. Each school year begins after labor day and ends before memorial day (whenever possible) and is comprised of two 18-week semesters.

There are a few holiday breaks around Thanksgiving and Christmas along with a spring break, usually in early April. Besides that, families can choose to go on vacation or take breaks when they need to and are encouraged to watch the recordings of any classes that they miss. 

$20/week for the first student, $15/week for each additional sibling. Cancellation is on a per-semester basis, meaning that upon registration, you are committing to at least one semester of classes. 

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All live classes happen over Zoom. If you miss a class, you will have access to a private folder with all of the class recordings of the last two weeks that you can watch on your own time.

All class materials are provided free of charge in the form of printable materials. 

Instead of homework, we provide weekly extra practices. Sometimes these are a quick quiz game or two to review the past week’s learning and other times they are more involved, like fun Spanish video projects or reading assignments. They are always optional, but very highly recommended and extremely beneficial.

Virtual background cultural mini-lesson: we learn about amazing places, interesting animals and unique foods in the Spanish speaking world.

Spanish games: guess who, tic tac toe, charades, simon says, speed challenges, and many others!

Lots of movement: Acting out, movement games, short breathing exercises and quick brain breaks! drawing and coloring immersion challenges!

Immersion challenges: listening, speaking, drawing, acting, story-telling and much, much more! The level of immersion builds every semester!

Vocabulary with pronunciation feedback: Practice repeating new vocabulary with feedback on pronunciation, and then putting it into action through books, speaking challenges and other immersion activities!

Spanish conversation practice: Practicing asking and answering common Spanish questions together, putting the new vocabulary and verb usage into action!

Reading: We love creating fun, interactive Spanish books and stories! Students spend lots of time enjoying short stories and challenging themselves through our creative reading comprehension activities!

Grammar mini-lessons: we prioritize learning naturally, but some grammar topics in Spanish just need a little bit of time and discussion! We make these min-lessons as efficient and fun as possible!

Much more! The only real way to see what all the hype around our program is about is to sign up! What are you waiting for? 😁

Yes! One of the many reasons that homeschool families love our program is because of the great social atmosphere as well and students really feel like their Spanish class peers are friends. As their Spanish-speaking skills develop, they get more and more chances to interact and get to know each other in Spanish. We also recognize the importance of building relationships with students, so whenever there are a few minutes left at the end of class, students can break into English to tell each other about their weekends, introduce their pets, etc.

Our average group sizes are 8-12 students. In rare occasions,  14 is the max that any group will have and this will only happen if a family has to change class times at the last minute and no other families can trade with them. We have found these numbers are perfect for creating a social atmosphere, being able to play lots of team games and still being manageable in a Zoom classroom format. These numbers also give everyone plenty of opportunities to speak and ask questions whenever they want.

No. This is not at all a passive class for students. Students are directly involved in every single activity. They can raise their hand to ask a question at any time and will get Spanish speaking opportunities every class. We do lots of games and movement breaks as well. Even during listening and immersion activities, there is always an active role for students, such as acting, showing different hand gestures or a certain number of fingers based on prompts, etc. Our classes are all about making Spanish as fun as possible to keep children excited and engaged for many years to come!

No parent involvement is required at all, but you are more than welcome to hang out during class and join in on the fun! For very young children, like 4 and 5-year-olds, depending on how they are doing in class, we may reach out via email and ask that you check in on your child once or twice during the zoom call, but this is rarely necessary.

 

We do not assign homework, but each week includes extra practices. These are optional, but highly recommended. For some weeks, these are as simple as playing a couple interactive online quiz games to practice new vocabulary, while others are more involved, like making video recordings to practice Spanish skills. Students at higher levels eventually get into more reading and writing on their own, but any extra practices for younger kids include audio recordings and videos so that they can easily listen and follow along.

The live classes include:

  • Fun socializing opportunities in Spanish!
  • Differentiation and personalization for each student
  • Conversation practice with teacher feedback
  • Full immersion activities every class to boost input and confidence
  • Vocabulary printouts for extra practice
  • Cultural learning in every lesson to excite children about learning Spanish
  • Movement and games to keep learning fun and engaging
  • Weekly extra practice assignments

Age ranges are flexible, and we often have siblings joining in the same groups and it always works out great, but we split students into younger, middle and older age ranges, similar to elementary, middle and high school ranges. For specific age ranges, take a look at each specific group’s age range under our current class openings.

Our students are mostly exposed to Latin American Spanish, since kids in the US are more likely to make amigos from Latin America, and Latin American Spanish is extremely versatile!

To make sure that students have an ear for ALL Spanish dialects, we include lots of listening immersion challenges throughout the program, featuring Spanish speakers from every Spanish-speaking country in the world! We also raise awareness in class about different varieties by explaining how the pronunciation of certain words would change in different Spanish speaking countries, or even by mentioning how certain pieces of vocabulary we’ve learned may be called something different in different countries.

All classes are recorded, and the class recording videos can be found in a shared location that you will have access to! So any time a student misses class, they can watch that recording later.

 

Reach out to nate@expeditionspanish.com if you would like to view a recent class recording to see what classes are like.