September 20, 2019 – June 5, 2020
Wednesdays and Fridays
10:00am – 2:00pm
Spanish Immersion in Nature will give your child the gift of Spanish language acquisition while exploring the natural world. This program is led by Gabriela Gamino and assisted by Shane Brown. Gabriela grew up with Spanish as her native language and has raised her three bilingual children with a deep connection to nature. Shane Brown carries a wealth of experience in nature awareness and has studied Spanish both in California and Mexico.
Earthroots Spanish Immersion program meets for 4 hours, twice a week. Experiences may include: hiking, cooking tamales and other Mexican dishes, singing, tracking animals, journaling, exploring the creek, native plant identification and uses for making tools and shelter, growing food organically and making art with what we find in nature – all in Spanish. We learn how our individual actions impact the world around us and deepen the path towards nature connection, Spanish fluency and cultural understanding.
This is a 9 month Spanish immersion program that runs September 20-June 5 (32 weeks). This program meets two days per week, Wednesday and Friday. To get the most out of this program, enrollment in both days is required. Instruction, conversation and activities will be led in Spanish.
Classes will be held at different natural areas in eastern Orange County with possible coastal field trips on warm days.
Registration and payment details below.
Want to learn more and meet the instructors?
Online Parent Info Session
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2019-2020 Enrollment is open now, limited spaces available
My child does not speak any Spanish, how will this work?
Children have an innate ability to learn language. Humans are wired for it. This is the beauty of immersion experiences, your child will learn little by little, simply by being present. The consistent flow of the day combined with verbal repetition, active demonstration and direct instruction will make learning Spanish accessible to children who may start the program not speaking any Spanish. We encourage families to take this journey in language development together! Parent support practicing language at home will make it easier and more comfortable for your child.
As an example to how we will start the year… morning circle will incorporate popular songs your child may know in English, sung in Spanish (think “twinkle twinkle little star”) and also teach new songs about animals, seasons and themes that the children will be learning through hands on activities, games and art.
The rhythms of a day include morning circle, snack, exploration/activities, lunch, journaling, quiet sit and closing circle. There are no “typical days” as the lessons fluctuate to meet the interest of students along with the spontaneous discoveries at each location. Example, finding a frog in the creek or animal tracks on the trail often guide the lessons.
Throughout the years, our participants develop strong bonds with each other and grow into a wonderful community. Participants learn how to help one another, model care and kindness for each other and the world around us, as well as build deep friendships that continue outside of our class time.
As the year goes on, participants gain experience, knowledge and care for our earth, and confidence speaking and understanding Spanish. We encourage families to create opportunities outside of class for students to speak in Spanish, practice outdoor skills and nature awareness with family and friends. Once the program begins, we will share resources and help facilitate play dates outside of class to further develop your Spanish language skills. We love Pipilo audio nature stories in English & Spanish.
Each week we explore themes of Wilderness Awareness, Ecological Gardening, Natural Building, Natural Crafts and Whole Food Cooking through hands-on, outdoor activities.
We recommend parents read Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature by Jon Young to get an inside glimpse of Earthroots mentoring philosophies.
Why Spanish immersion?
There are many benefits to learning a second (or third!) language including brain development, academic success, social skills, building empathy, cultural understanding and future job acquisition. Spending time in nature stimulates the senses and combining a foreign language increases the benefits multifold.
Here are a few articles describing the social (another), academic and cognitive (another), and (yet another) benefits of being bilingual, along with questions many parents ask.
Attend a Promo Day or Online Parent Info Session for more details.
Children ages 6-10 years old
We strive to maintain a ratio of no more than 6 students:1 Earthroots Mentor
WHERE: Wilderness and farm locations in eastern Orange County: Santiago Oaks Regional Park and Big Oak Canyon
WHEN: 10 am – 2 pm, Wednesday and Friday. This class meets 4 hours per day, 2 days per week
HOW: Send a deposit of $250 to hold your spot or full payment with completed enrollment form (per family) and completed medical and release forms (per person).
• Register by Mail Send check and one Enrollment Form per family and one Medical Release Form per person to Earthroots PO Box 504 Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
• Register Online Click link HERE to complete the enrollment form online and mail a hard copy or email scanned copy of medical release form. Please bring hard copies of the Medical Release forms to the class.
Forms and payment need to be received at least two weeks prior to class. Your registration is complete only when we have received Payment and Forms in our office. Late registration may be accepted if space is available with an additional fee of $25 up to 2 business days before class.
2019 – 2020 PRICING
Full Tuition (cash or check) $4800 per child, $4650 per sibling.
To hold your child’s space in this program, please send a Deposit of $250 at the time of enrollment. A portion of the deposit is non-refundable. Read more. The remainder of the total class tuition fees due will be paid by the first day of the semester. You are responsible to pay for all 64 classes, September 18, 2019 – June 5, 2020. Please inquire about monthly installment rates.
If you prefer to pick and choose the classes you will be attending (when available), you will need to pay the higher “Drop In” rate, see below.
Charter School Rates
$5440 per child/$5300 per sibling per year
Charter school funds are paid monthly via Purchase Orders
Inquiries welcome at [email protected]dschool.org
Drop-In $85 per child per class
**Drop-in classes are available for you to attend on an occasional basis, when space is available. We are happy to share with you the topics and weeks that we have scheduled for each semester. Please contact Staci Hansen at [email protected] for more information.**
We encourage parents to attend to deepen the lessons… and while we love having younger siblings and parents in attendance in Earthroots programs, and know that everyone benefits from a day exploring with Earthroots, we have a need to acknowledge the extra energy this requires on our end and ask for your support. We respectfully request that family members attending with the enrolled student make voluntary weekly donations. Suggested weekly donation for additional attendees is $10-30 per family. Siblings within the age group of the class (ages 6-10) will be considered Drop-In students and charged as indicated above.
Scholarship applications are due one month prior to class start date. We offer full and partial scholarships for this program based on need and availability.
To make a deposit or pay the full tuition, click on the PayPal button below. From there, you can use your PayPal account or debit/credit card.
For more information, go to Registration, call the Earthroots office (949)709-5777 or email [email protected]