About the Program

Our curriculum has been used in schools since 1998. Thousands of students have acquired their Spanish skills and love for the language through Risas y Sonrisas.

Students play Risas y Sonrisas Spanish games in class
  • Risas y Sonrisas (Laughter and Smiles) is a comprehensive, fun, easy to use, multi-grade instructional program for teaching Spanish in elementary school (K-5th grade).

    The materials interconnect to present information in a variety of ways, providing students with meaningful, context-rich, and enjoyable opportunities to experience the Spanish language. A positive introduction is essential to promote a future love for the language.

    With Risas y Sonrisas, students become familiar “by ear” with the sounds and common language structures of Spanish. By incorporating original songs, games creative colorful visuals, movement, American Sign Language, skits, activity workbooks, and multimedia resources, we ensure that the program engages each student in his or her preferred learning style.

  • Beautiful full color posters
    Featuring original songs, games, creative and colorful visuals, movement, American Sign Language, skits, activity workbooks, and multimedia resources

     

  • Our Spanish School Program is a full classroom curriculum that can be used on its own or as a complement to a more traditional school program. Our Homeschool Program is ideal for small groups of home learners or families.

    Risas y Sonrisas is appropriate for different age groups and levels. Emerging readers benefit from the attractive pictures, age-appropriate games, catchy songs, American Sign Language, and commonly-used phrases. Older students enjoy the same activities, but their reading ability allows them to experience the full program including playing more complex games and building picture sentences.

  • Memory Game
    Risas y Sonrisas engages each student in his or her preferred learning style. Learning a new language requires practice… Make it fun!
  • In both large classroom and smaller homeschool contexts, the program can be adapted to meet the needs of individual students and can provide a variety of in-class experiences for different levels and age groups. While everyone is engaged and having fun, the learning happens almost automatically!

    The Risas y Sonrisas curriculum focuses on vocabulary acquisition and practical conversation rather than formal grammar. With the songs, visual aids, and games, students acquire new Spanish vocabulary. In addition to these words, cognate words are used throughout the program, giving students an additional set of Spanish vocabulary very similar to words they already know in English.

  • Homeschool Spanish for Kids
    Basic grammar concepts are introduced with creative visual aids, associations, and color-coded words that make the concepts easier to understand.
  • At the end of each chapter, students act out skits that combine Q&A and the vocabulary they have learned so far. Basic grammar concepts are introduced with creative visual aids, associations, and color-coded words that make the concepts easier to understand. Students are also exposed to Hispanic cultural points.

    As they progress, students are able to build picture sentences in the present, past, and future tenses, and incorporate these sentences in practical conversation. They also practice reading and writing in Spanish through constant visual exposure to the words and phrases. Online and workbook activities enhance the student’s experience with the language and provide the opportunity to continue practicing and learning Spanish outside of the classroom setting.

  • Picture Sentences
    Students are able to build picture sentences in the present, past, and future tenses, and incorporate these sentences in practical conversation.
  • The songs and games teach and reinforce vocabulary while Q&As and skits place them into a conversational context. Once students have mastered the vocabulary and phrases, they are already able to use them with meaning and purpose to become confident, successful Spanish speakers!

    Our method incorporates several different learning theories including Multiple Intelligences, Multisensory Approach, Whole Brain Learning, and the Power of Positive Suggestion. For more information on these theories, click here.

    Our curriculum has been used in schools since 1998. There are thousands of students in schools and at home that have acquired their Spanish skills and love for the language through “Laughter & Smiles – Risas y Sonrisas.”

  • Flyswatter Game
    The songs and games teach and reinforce vocabulary while Q&As and skits place them into a
    conversational context.

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    Location
    8650 Spicewood Springs #145-590
    Austin, TX 78759-4399
    Phone
    (512) 219-0225
    Fax
    (253) 369-5205

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