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Why choose Adventures in Spanish?

In our immersion-style classes, we honor a broad spectrum of learning styles by using communication-based games & activities that intrigue students, encourage spoken language, strengthen literacy skills, and increase confidence. 

Classes are kept small to ensure that each student gets lots of practice and individualized attention. 

Our trained teachers’ ability to elicit language with a strong emphasis on building self-confidence really sets us apart!

What are the benefits of learning a Second Language?

Being able to communicate in another language can be incredibly powerful. (Even if you’re not fully fluent!) And we make it fun!  It can open windows to new opportunities, expand job possibilities, and plant the seed for travel and adventure. And purposeful or not -- it opens your mind and heart to other peoples and cultures -- to different ways of thinking and doing. 

There are added benefits that go along with learning a second language, including enhancing your brain’s learning capacity and the ability to think outside the box.

If you haven’t done so already, let’s get your child started on this adventure today!!

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To sign up for a class:

#1 - Read through the class descriptions below.
#2 - Click the registration button to review exact times, dates, and locations of each class.
#3 - Fill in the registration form and pay.
#4 - We'll email you a confirmation with all of the information you need for the class.

spanish programs

Family Spanish (Child + Grownup)

For children ages 18mo-3yrs & 2-5 yrs

Max enrollment: 10 students per class

  • Learn alongside your child in a warm, dynamic, and supportive atmosphere with songs, games, and lots of movement
  • You child will learn to ask for specific things in Spanish and to take turns
  • A printed sheet is provided with lyrics, vocabulary words, and useful phrases for practice at home

Classes in BOLD are confirmed. Others are pending approval.

PLEASE NOTE: Classes run based on meeting a minimum enrollment.

18-36 month + grown-up

Tuesdays @ Bethany Lutheran Church, 10-10:45am, 11 classes, $198
4330 NE 37th Ave, Portland, OR 97211
January 7 - March 17

2-5 years + grown-up

Mondays @ West Hills Covenant Church, 5:15-6pm, 8 classes, $144
5815 SW Gillcrest Ct., Portland, OR 97221
January 6 - March 16

Wednesdays @ Tabor Space, 5:10-5:55pm, 11 classes, $198
5441 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR 97215
​January 8 - March 18

One 45 min class per week, per 9 or 12-week session, $72.


Click here to review all program Enrollment, Cancellation, and Behavior policies for all Adventures in Spanish Programs.

Preschool Spanish

For children ages 3-5yrs

Max enrollment, 10 students per class

  • Energetic, dynamic, and highly-trained teachers foster emerging language skills in small class settings.
  • Play-based activities maximize comprehension, verbal participation, and confidence
  • Visual supports + active book reading enhance pre-literacy & and literacy skills
  • Includes an Adelante, a lesson guide that details what your child is learning, along with suggestions for at-home practice

Rolling Enrollment, Rates are Pro-rated at Registration.

Classes in BOLD are confirmed. Others are pending approval.

PLEASE NOTE: Classes run based on meeting a minimum enrollment.

MONDAYS-- Winter Session, 6 classes-$105

Hancock Street Preschool (NE) 12-1pm, 4-5 yrs (FULL)

Jan 13 - Mar 16 

 

TUESDAYS -- Full School Year, 30 classes, $525

 

The Portland Montessori School (NE) 3-4pm, 4-6 yrs

The Portland Montessori School (NE) 4:15-5pm, 4-6 yrs (for students in after school care)

Sept 24 - May 12

 

West Hills Montessori (SW) - 3:30-4:15pm (Primary), 4-6 yrs

4920 SW Vermont St, Portland, OR 97219

Oct 1 - May12

 

WEDNESDAYS -- Full School Year, 30 classes, $525

 

Hands On Art & Play (SE) -- 12:45-1:30pm, 3-5 yrs (FULL)

2800 SE Harrison St. Portland, OR 97214

Sept 18 - May 13

 

West Hills Montessori (SW) - 3:30-4:15pm (Elementary)

4920 SW Vermont St, Portland, OR 97219

Oct 2 - May 13

 

One 45 min class per week, per term or per school year, pricing varies.

Click here to review all program Enrollment, Cancellation, and Behavior policies for all Adventures in Spanish Programs.

Elementary Spanish

For children in K-3rd & 3rd-5th

Maximum enrollment, 12 students per class

  • Energetic, dynamic, and highly-trained teachers foster emerging language skills in small class settings 
  • Motivating games & activities enhance speaking skills & confidence
  • Students converse & lead activities in Spanish
  • Visual supports & active book reading strengthens literacy skills
  • Various cultural lessons that focus on something special, including día de los muertos, flamenco, día de los ninos, the history of the piñata, etc. 
  • Includes an Adelante, a lesson guide that details what your child is learning, along with ideas for at-home practice.

Most classes begin the week of September 16, unless noted.

Classes are for grades K-3 unless noted. 

Classes in BOLD are confirmed.  Others are pending approval.

PLEASE NOTE: Classes run based on meeting a minimum enrollment.

MONDAYS — 25 classes, $437.50 UNLESS otherwise noted 

  • Alameda Elem (NE) -- 3-4pm** (FULL)
  • Buckman Elem (SE) -- 3-4pm** Winter Term Classes begin 1/6 (8 classes-$140) (FULL)
  • Chief Joseph Elem (N) -- 3-4pm** Winter Term Classes begin 1/6 (8 classes-$140)
  • Montclair Elem (Beaverton) 3-4pm** (23 classes-$402.50)
  • Stephenson Elem (SW) -- 2:15-3:15pm (FULL)
  • St. John Fisher​ (SW) -- 3-4pm** (21 classes-$367.50)
  • Sunnyside Elem (SE) -- 3-4pm**
  • Russel Elem (NE) -- 3:40-4:30pm* (not open to public)

TUESDAYS — 30 classes, $525 UNLESS otherwise noted 

  • Alameda Elem (NE) -- 3-4pm** (FULL)
  • Beverly Cleary Hollyrood (NE) -- 3-4pm** (FULL)
  • Glencoe (SE) -- 2:20-3:20pm **
  • Hayhurst Elem (SW) -- 2:15-3:05pm** (Now K-4th)
  • Odyssey (SW) -- 2:15-3:15pm**
  • Rieke Elem (SW) 3-4pm** (FULL)
  • Rieke Elem (SW) -- 4:15-5pm (students in after care or arrangement only) (Now K-4th)
  • Russel Elem (NE) -- 3:40-4:30pm* (not open to public)

WEDNESDAYS — 30 classes, $525 UNLESS otherwise noted 

  • Alameda Elem (NE) -- 3-4pm** (FULL)
  • Alameda Elem (NE) -- 3rd-5th grades Advanced -- 3-4pm** +
  • Fernwood Elem (NE) 3:15-4:15pm** (2nd-5th) (FULL)
  • Fernwood Elem (NE) 4:30-5:15pm (students in after care only) (K-5th)
  • Glencoe (SE) -- 2:20-3:20pm **
  • Hayhurst Elem (SW) -- 2:15-3:05pm** (Now K-4th)
  • Woodstock Elem (SE) -- 2:30-3:30pm** (FULL)
  • Menlo Park (NE) -- 4:10-5:10pm* (not open to the public)
  • Riverdale (SW) -- 3:30-4:30pm (not open to the public)

​​THURSDAYS — 30 classes, $525 UNLESS otherwise noted 

  • Alameda Elem (NE) -- 3-4pm** (NEW-NOW ENROLLING FOR JAN-MAY 2020)
  • Atkinson Elem (SE) -- 3-4pm**
  • Rose City Park (NE) -- 2:15-3:15pm** (FULL)
  • Stephenson Elem (SW) -- 2:15-3:15pm** (FULL)
  • Sabin (NE) -- 3-4pm* (not open to the public)
  • Ventura Park (SE) -- 4-5pm* (not open to the public)

FRIDAYS — 28 classes, $490 UNLESS otherwise noted

  • Capitol Hill Elem (SW) -- 2:20-3:15pm**
  • Emerson School (NW) -- 1:15-2:30pm (to be held at NWCTS)(1/24-5/8/20)

One 45 min class per week, per term or per school year, pricing varies.


Click here to review all program Enrollment, Cancellation, and Behavior policiesfor all Adventures in Spanish Programs.

Spanish Classes at Home

Accelerate the learning process and build language confidence in the comfort of your own home! We start off with a minimum of 6-week sessions to make sure it’s a good fit. Since consistency and repetition in learning a language is so important, however, these classes are intended for the duration of a full school year.

1 child: $65/lesson
2 children: $80/lesson ($40 per child)
3 children: $90/lesson ($30 per child)
4 children: $100/lesson ($25 per child)
5 children: $110/lesson ($22 per child)
6 children: $120/lesson ($20 per child)
7+ children: $17.5/child per lesson

To get started, contact Jessica.

Click here to review all program Enrollment, Cancellation, and Behavior policies for all Adventures in Spanish Programs.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

Click here to review all program Enrollment, Cancellation, and Behavior policies for all Adventures in Spanish Programs.

WEATHER POLICY: We follow PPS & BSD for weather related school closures. Please check our Facebook page for the most up to date information.

*Registration is through Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Program. We cannot do individual registrations. More information at https://multco.us/sun/sun-community-schools

** The first 15 minutes of class will be for students to be gathered from their classrooms or meet our instructor in the Spanish classroom and have a snack (brought from home) before the lesson begins.

+Advanced Class students must be in at least 3rd grade and have taken Spanish classes prior to enrolling.

- WAIT LIST: If the class is full, be sure to register to be placed on the waitlist (no payment required).  If there is enough interest, we might be able to get a second class running!

- Installments- You may choose to pay in 2 installments during registration.  Available for full school year classes only.

Don't see your school listed? Want to bring Spanish classes to your school? Contact us today!

Please direct any questions to our office: tanya@portlandearlylearning.com or 503-284-0610

Did the class you are interested in already start? Rolling enrollment and pro-rated rates available. Contact us at tanya@portlandearlylearning.com to find out more.

 

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Take a Sneak Peek into Our Adventures in Spanish Programs

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Our Video Editor:  Raquel Aurelia Amezcua has been involved with PELP since she was three! First as a student in our preschool classes, then as a camper, and later as a volunteer counselor. If she didn’t have school and other obligations – she could almost teach our classes! (She certainly knows all the songs!) She put her Spanish camp experience to good use last year at Camp Shazaam as a counselor and dance instructor and is looking forward to working there again this summer!

Raquel's current role at PELP is to create promotional videos for our Spanish programs. She also made a promo video for Camp Shazaam! If you’re in need of any video editing, you may reach her at raquel.video.321@gmail.com.

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KIND WORDS

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"I think this class is a dynamic opportunity for my daughter!!! The location is great! I WILL sign my daughter up again in the Fall. I'm impressed w/the curriculum. I also love the cultural elements. Overall the class IS fantastic!!!"

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"J. is LOVING class! It has surprised me how age appropriate this class is. It has already been so great for her. We are 3 classes in and she is already saying 3-4 Spanish words at home.Not only is she learning Spanish, but also really great social skills."                                                   ~ Sara, mom to Jabana (18mos)

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"Delia is kind, patient and engaging. We have taken her class multiple times at Tabor Space and love it. I highly recommend these classes to get your kiddo loving (and using) Spanish!"

   ~ Alex Asselin

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faq's

Are mixed-age classes the best way to go? What if some children are slower or more advanced that others?

Mixed level classes provide a natural opportunity for children to raise awareness of their own skills, learn from communicating with a variety of speakers, and step into leadership roles by being "líder" (leader) for target activities when ready. In addition, small class sizes allow the teacher to be aware of, and teach to each student’s individual needs.

What does "immersion" mean?

Our teachers speak a minimum of 90% in Spanish but will use English in the following situations:

  • When discussing culture.
  • To establish ground rules.
  • Teachers may "English sandwiches" to establish ground rules and expectations. We will say
    it in Spanish - English - Spanish until students understand.
  • At the start of a new unit.
  • Teachers use “English sandwiches” so that students know the exact translation of a grammatical
    phrase.
  • During snack (before class). Snack time is used to build relationships of trust between the teacher and student so students feel more comfortable participating in class. Students have the
    opportunity to share news and teachers may use an “English sandwich” to ask a question or make a positive comment to foster a caring bond with the children.
  • In emergencies or situations that threaten the health or safety of any child.

I noticed my child's class is repeating a unit from last year. Why?

Returning to earlier lessons, on occasion, will allow your child to build confidence when they see how far their Spanish has come.

There is also an opportunity to take on a leadership role in class during games and activities. Additionally, he or she will be ready to use this “old” learning in new ways.

How much Spanish should I expect to hear from my child outside of class?

The most truest (and most honest) answer is:
Any and all ways your child is experiencing Spanish (whether he be very verbal about it or very quiet) is exactly where your child should be.

Children vary incredibly in how they learn, what skills they master and in what order, and how quickly we can "see" that learning in the form of speaking the language.

You can read more about the different levels of learning here: Blog link soon!

What can I do to better understand my child's learning?

We welcome parents of currently enrolled children to come observe our classes! No notice necessary.

As long as your presence does not interfere with any child's participation in class, you are always welcome!

In addition, we send out Adelante! a study guide at the start of each unit with information and a list of vocabulary words students are learning. Use the Adelante! as a starting point for conversations, fun quizzes and games. Learn more about fun games, books, crafts and recipes you can use to enhance your child’s learning on our blog and our Pinterest page.

Will my child be too tired to take a class after school?

While every child is different, we take several steps to ensure that classes at any time of day are a successful, confidence-building experience for all children.

Most of our after school classes allow for 15 minutes of snack time (brought from home) before class starts. In addition, our classes are very active, as we are constantly communicating back-and-forth with one another while moving our bodies.

We incorporate all learning styles into our format and include seeing, listening, speaking and motion in everything we do. We change activities every few minutes in order to keep children's attention fresh and engaged.

Our small class sizes allow our well-trained teachers to be cognizant of students' behavior and to modify activities to accommodate children’s needs