After many years of teaching children in the regular classroom setting, I realized that children need more opportunities to move, to socialize and to be spontaneous. Children need to feel safe and to have their interests acknowledged. This is why at Spanish Tea Time our curriculum is flexible and can be adapted to fit a child's need.
Spanish Tea Time will choose redirection instead of discipline. Unless a behavior is plain dangerous, we should try to re-direct unwanted behaviors. Always trying to inspire social justice, empathetic behavior, creative thinking, and independent problem-solving skills. Children learn better when they are filled with positive emotion. If teachers connect with their students in a more personal level, children are more inclined to participate.
This is how Spanish Tea Time will approach its teachings, with developmental curriculum that will allow for play and games.
Parents will play a crucial role since at Spanish Tea Time, we will want to invite parents to participate and to reinforce the vocabulary being taught during class and at home. Teaching Spanish will be a team effort!
So come and join Spanish Tea Time!
ADULTS AND TEENAGERS SPANISH
Although ideally we would like to learn a second language as young as possible, our brains never stop to develop, allowing us to learn other languages at any age. As a native Spanish speaker, I did not learn English until my family moved to Texas. I was 21 years old, and several times I questioned whether speaking English was feasible at my age. But my need to connect with those who only spoke English and my eagerness to participate in an international market kept me motivated to keep trying. I soon learned that my biggest joy was not learning grammatical rules, but being able to understand and to be understood by others.
Many rules in a language are learned in a natural way, through patterns registered through conversations. Therefore, I know that by focusing on allowing my students to feel comfortable speaking Spanish, and by making sure they are learning proper pronunciation and grammatical structure as part of our conversations, they will begin to decipher the language patterns, and the process of learning Spanish is not only more enjoyable but also effective.
At Spanish Tea Time, customized lessons can be created to fit the needs of a particular group or a person. Companies looking to better serve their Hispanic clients should include conversational Spanish training as an integral part of their professional development, and Spanish Tea Time will be delighted to help.
Who Am I?
Hola, I am Gina Carnevale, the founder of Spanish Tea Time. I would like to share with you a little bit of my background so that you can feel comfortable allowing your child to flourish with us.
I spent two years studying Law in Mexico, City before coming to Texas to study Business. I did not know English, so I am familiar with the difficulties of learning a second language as an adult. I spent my first months studying English before attending Texas Woman’s University. It was not easy, but I graduated Magna Cum Laude and began my career at IBM. After a year, I left IBM to become a bilingual teacher for Dallas ISD where I taught for eight years. During that time, my classes achieved the highest scores, and my students were complimented for their amazing behavior. I also did extracurricular activities such as teaching Spanish to staff members in Dallas ISD (Principals, nurses, counselors, etc.).
However, after I became pregnant with twins, I had to slow down and worked as a substitute teacher and as Math and Reading tutor. Then I was faced with my biggest challenge -- one of my daughters was diagnosed with autism. I did intense research on all the therapies available to help her, then, chaotic brain. I became fascinated with DIR/Floortime therapy, and I became my daughter’s therapist. Currently, after four years of what I have implemented at home, a nutritious diet, and a wonderful support system, she is attending school and she is exceeding everyone’s wildest expectations.
Many teaching curriculums have a strong emphasis on the development of certain areas of the brain, often ignoring the physical and sensory needs of a growing child. Through my years of experience, I have seen what makes teaching methods effective and long lasting. So, I developed Spanish Tea Time. A teaching system that focuses on building relationships with each child, uses games as its main tool to introduce concepts, and joins efforts with parents to help reinforce the teachings at home.
I hope you can join my Spanish Tea Time community and help me grow this concept into a well establish language academy.