We are excited for you to start a path at La Senda! Our philosophy is that every program should be fun. To achieve this, we have three main approaches. Let’s take a closer look at our La Senda Paths.
Learn in Spanish
This program is designed to teach Spanish using the immersion method.
Bebes- parent and child (ages 0-2)
Chiquitos 1- Preschool 1 (ages 3-4)
Chiquitos 2- Preschool 2 (ages 4-5)
Ninos- Kindergarten to grade 1
Chicos- grades 2 to 5
Learn about Spanish
This program teaches Spanish using La Senda’s level progression curriculum. Classes are taught using bilingual instruction. Students progress through levels as they meet the standards and gain skills.
Classes are available through Minnetonka Community Education. Registration is open late summer/early fall. Class format: September through May, weekly classes.
Learn through Spanish
Viajeros, translated to voyagers, lets kids learn other skills and activities. This program is for kids who already have a solid Spanish foundation. There are a range of activities that are designed to provide kids with fun extracurricular programs. All instruction is in Spanish.
We believe that Spanish should be celebrated in community. We love when students of different language levels are mixed together, so they can teach and inspire one another. Read the categories below to hear more about how we grow learners of all levels.
New to Spanish
La Senda is a great environment to learn Spanish for the very first time! Kids are in a critical period for language development and we take advantage of that by welcoming them into a fun, Spanish-speaking environment. Maybe you’re thinking about immersion school in the future or you just want to expose your child to new opportunities, now is the time to start!
Beginner level students are those who have had some exposure to Spanish from lessons at school or from a Spanish-speaking parent. At La Senda, they are able to build a strong foundation for loving Spanish. They see others speaking Spanish and begin to develop an eager motivation to learn. Students get to experience how fun Spanish can be outside of the classroom environment.
La Senda has the perfect experiences for immersion students. We want them to be challenged yet celebrated. Students who already love Spanish thrive at La Senda. For those students who might be burnt out from school or more reluctant to speak Spanish outside of the classroom, we show kids that learning Spanish is fun! We want to help kids find their own motivation to learn Spanish!
La Senda is the perfect community for kids whose first language is Spanish! Kids get to have fun and meet new friends all while being part of a Spanish speaking community. Maybe you’re a native speaker, but struggle to get your children to speak Spanish. Here, staff encourage and motivate kids to take pride in their ability to understand and speak Spanish!
Why learn Spanish?
Spanish is a growing language that is becoming more and more common in the United States. In many other countries, it is common for kids to grow up speaking multiple languages. Not only is Spanish going to be helpful for your child’s future career, but studies show that speaking a second language improves cognitive development, memory, and first language proficiency. With all of the amazing benefits that learning Spanish can provide, now is the time to start. Language acquisition gets tougher as you get older. Young kids are like sponges when it comes to learning languages. You have the opportunity to give your kids the incredible gift of language.
The mission of La Senda is to create an environment that encourages people to love Spanish
We want La Senda to be a community defined by fun and passionate individuals who inspire others to be excited about Spanish.