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Foreign Language

Students receive basic Spanish language instruction in kindergarten through fifth grade. Three times every two weeks students study the language through the use of a storytelling methodology called Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS). In addition, students actively engage in each class through the use of vocabulary-building games and songs, and by exploring the various cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Children who study a foreign language before age 10 may find it easier to master that language and other languages; foreign language instruction also improves students’ command of English. The program is integrated into the Lower School curriculum and prepares students for more intensive foreign language study in Middle and Upper School.

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Thematic and Collaborative Learning

The Lower School program fosters habits of mind that help children integrate their new knowledge and grow as independent learners.

Interdisciplinary learning offers rich opportunities in reading, math, writing, art, science, history, music and foreign language. Examples by grade-level include:


  • Connections to Each Other
  • Exploring New Paths


  • All About Me
  • Gardening Project

First Grade

  • Similarities and Differences
  • Animal Researcher Symposium

Second Grade

  • All About Communities
  • Study of Costa Rica

Third Grade

  • Wax Museum Project
  • Roots & Routes Project

Fourth Grade

  • Ancient Cultures Study
  • Planning, Manufacturing and Marketing of Self-Designed Product

Fifth Grade

  • Poetry Showcase Project
  • Global Read-Aloud Project


Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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