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Viva el Espanol Spanish Language Programs

3451 Golden Gate Way
Lafayette, CA 94549

(925) 962-9177


Spanish Immersion Classes for Pre-School Children • Viva el Español, a non-profit Spanish Language Center, offers engaging, interactive Spanish programs for young amigos. Our programs offer full-immersion Spanish instruction by trained teachers, and have multiple proficiency levels. Classes include music & movement, storytelling, arts & crafts, interactive games and more! Viva el Español has locations in Lafayette, Alameda, and Pleasanton, and also teaches at numerous pre-schools and elementary schools throughout the Bay Area. Viva el Español also offers holiday camps, Teen Internships, Adult Classes and private instruction.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
Other subjects taught

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The Viva el Español curriculum includes a variety of materials and teaching methodologies that allow all students within a single classroom to learn effectively, and reach their full potential regardless of differences in language proficiency. For example, while one group of students might be learning individual words, more proficient students might be practicing putting these words into phrases and complete sentences.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Viva el Español preschool curriculum is designed to spark and maintain children’s interest in Spanish by engaging them in creative age-appropriate activities including music & movement, arts & crafts, interactive games, storytelling, and imaginative play.
Our methodology includes:
• Full-immersion approach
• Multi-sensory curriculum
• Learning through fun and creative activities
• Small class sizes
• Differentiated instruction
• Focus on mastery of preschool skills, with
emphasis on language development

A Typical Day

9:30 – 9:40 am
Circle Time
• Welcome songs & movement
• Theme of the week introduced/reviewed
• Daily vocabulary: introduction, syllabication (pre-reading), pronunciation

9:40 – 9:50 am
Story Time
• Story related to the theme of the week

9:50 – 10:15 am
Arts & Crafts / Interactive Games / Imaginative Play / Cooking Projects
• Projects, games, pretend play, cooking activities featuring the theme of the week

10:15 – 10:20 am
Circle Time
• Review vocabulary relating to theme
of the week
• Goodbye song for Pre-K 1 hour students

10:20 – 10:35 am
Snack Time!

10:35 – 10:45 am
Active Play
• Exercises, movement activities

10:45 – 11:15 am
Arts & Crafts / Interactive Games / Imaginative Play / Cooking Projects / Math & Counting Skills
• Projects, games, pretend play, cooking activities featuring the theme of the week
• Review daily and weekly vocabulary

11:15 – 11:20 am
Closing Activities
• Cooperative group cleanup, sharing experiences and goodbye song


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on