The Lower School Spanish curriculum provides students with a comprehensive and meaningful program of second-language learning and an appreciation for other cultures. In the early grades, children learn Spanish through internalizing the patterns, sounds, and vocabulary of the language, since children typically learn to understand a spoken language long before they begin speaking. Students begin to develop their understanding of spoken Spanish by learning to follow increasingly sophisticated instructions and commands. Students start reading and writing in Spanish during the latter part of second grade. Introducing reading and writing at appropriate levels also promotes correct Spanish pronunciation; students learn to imitate spoken words as they hear them modeled correctly in class. Games, songs, movement and drama are all incorporated into language instruction in the Lower School in order to bring language learning to life.