How to Add Spanish to Your Summer Camp Program
Summer is just two short months away! As a summer camp leader, you’re likely busy working on exciting activities for your students. Before you finalize your plans, take a moment to consider including Spanish immersion in your camp. Today, let’s take a look at why Spanish is a good option for summer camps and how to include it!
Summer Camp Options
Camps exist for just about everything, right? However, one thing that is lacking in many camps is a Spanish language aspect. For students who specifically want to study the Spanish language, almost all of the available Spanish summer camps are located overseas. As you can see on this list, very few camps in the United States focus on Spanish or include it as a key component of the camp.
Of course, traveling abroad for a Spanish summer camp would be an amazing opportunity, but it may not be feasible for the average student. As a camp leader, it’s important to provide the highest quality programs while still offering it to as many people as possible.
Why Should Your Summer Camp Include Spanish?
You may be thinking that with the start of summer coming up so soon that it’s too late to change the topic of the camp. However, including Spanish components in the camp doesn’t mean it has to be completely focused on language learning; it can be integrated to fit the theme that has already been established for the summer camp.
Benefits of Spanish
Numerous reasons prove the benefits of learning Spanish. Including a language aspect in your summer camp will open the door to even more students. As of 2017, 18% of the U.S. population is Hispanic. Being Hispanic, however, doesn’t mean that they speak Spanish. Many Hispanic families wish to provide more Spanish learning opportunities to their children, and by including Spanish in your summer camp you would be offering the perfect moment for them to learn more about their heritage.
Moreover, adding Spanish to your summer camp curriculum would increase the credibility of the program and make it a bilingual program. What parents look for in a summer camp is one that balances fun activities with educational components. By adding Spanish to your pre-established activities, you are adding to the educational side of that equation and improving the integrity of your program.
How to Add Spanish to Your Summer Camp
One way to include Spanish is to hire native Spanish-speaking camp leaders who can teach and lead in Spanish. Understandably, that may be a big hurdle, especially if your camp has a particular focus, like art. Another option is to include formal Spanish classes in a sit-down classroom. However, this isn’t ideal because it seems too conventional.
Homeschool Spanish Academy
The ideal solution is to provide online classes specialized to the theme of your summer camp. With Homeschool Spanish Academy (HSA), you can provide fun, interactive classes with native Spanish speakers.
Unlike other Spanish curriculums and books, classes with HSA are personalized to fit your needs. This means that if your camp is about science, you can organize Spanish classes that focus on science vocabulary and phrases. These classes will be a compliment to the rest of the program, and the students will practice their Spanish while participating in the other activities.
Different Class Options
Depending on your camp size, you choose what works for you: one-on-one classes, paired classes, or even group classes with HSA. These different class size options allow for students to be paired with other students of the same Spanish level if necessary, or they can make scheduling much easier by having one group class a day. Whatever works best for the camp, Homeschool Spanish Academy can accommodate!
All of our teachers at Homeschool Spanish Academy are native Spanish speakers from Guatemala. With these classes, students will receive language instruction as well as cultural knowledge. Our teachers love sharing about their country, culture, and history. If you would like to include those parts of language study in your summer camp, HSA teachers will happily comply.
Full-time Spanish Summer Camps
If you do not yet have a theme for your summer camp or are looking to start a new one, consider organizing a Spanish summer camp. Homeschool Spanish Academy can help you make it happen. We can either provide online classes with live teachers or supplemental classes and hands-on practice. Either way, HSA is here to help you make Spanish summer camp a reality.
Let’s Get Started
Now that we have looked at all the possibilities for a Spanish summer camp, it’s time to start planning! The first step is to take a free trial Spanish class to see how these online classes work. Then, feel free to contact us and ask any questions you may have so we can help you organize all the corresponding activities and classes. Start getting excited about your Spanish summer camp! ¡Qué venga el verano!
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