The primary goal of the Spanish program is to introduce students to language learning and different cultures in order to cultivate interest in a diversity of people and places. While learning to speak Spanish is a goal of the program, the program is also focused on providing exposure to Spanish language and cultures. Students are empowered to be engaged citizens of the world.

Students acquire Spanish language conversationally. Kazoo School incorporates art, music, and movement into Spanish learning through everyday routines, games, art, and songs. This interdisciplinary approach helps all students be engaged and caters to individual learning styles. Spanish grammar is introduced informally through natural conversation and practical use. Grammar rules are later taught in Middle School, ideally after the students have already been using them.

Students in the Natural Learners (PK) class enjoy Spanish once a week. Elementary students attend Spanish class three times a week, and Middle School students attend Spanish class four times a week.

Chinese Language and Culture

Kazoo School partners with Western Michigan University’s Confucius Institute to offer students in the K/1 basegroup Chinese language and culture classes. The curriculum for these lessons has been co-created by Hjordis, Dr. Ying Zeng - the Director of Asian Initiatives at the Confucius Institute, Dr. Wenfang Sun - Associate Director and visiting teacher - Li Sun.

I feel these lessons provide an authentic and hands-on experience in global awareness that is essential for children at all ages, and especially for those at a young age, to make not only their lives better, but the world a better place.
— Hjordis Snider, Kazoo K/1 basegroup teacher