Ana Lomba’s Mpressarias Curriculum is unlike any other language education product on the market.
When you purchase one of my Curriculum Sets, you will get…
A Curriculum Designed to Support Independent Language Programs
After many years designing language immersion curriculum, we heard from a growing number of customers who were teaching children languages in independent language programs outside of the traditional classroom setting. These entrepreneurs had needs that weren’t being served by most language education products on the market. Most needed solutions that fit a flexible mom-entrepreneur’s lifestyle.
Ana Lomba’s Mpressarias Curriculum is designed specifically for mom-entrepreneurs starting a language immersion program.
- Each Curriculum Set includes 12 expandable lesson plans, designed to adapt to any setting. You may want to teach half-hour after-school classes, or you may offer full day summer camps. You may have your own instruction space, or travel to different locations. Most lesson plans out there are geared toward classroom-style instruction. My lesson plans can be adapted to any setting.
- My lesson plans can be used by both new and experienced teachers. Whether you teach students yourself, or hire instructors who are fluent in the target language, there may be gaps in the teaching skills due to lack of experience teaching languages and/or teaching young children. My lesson plans will help ensure that students get the most out of each lesson, no matter who is teaching.
- Learning travels beyond the classroom with supplemental materials. Parents can extend the language instruction outside of your class with materials that are designed to work with the curriculum, including books, CDs and applications.
Whether it’s a language immersion camp, an after-school class, a home schooling group, or a playgroup, the Mpressarias Curriculum will help you hit the ground running and get the most success out of your program.
A Curriculum That Opens Doors to the Imagination
The Mpressarias Curriculum provides you with all the activities you need to take your students on a fantasy trip into a storybook. Your students will be able to visit a fairy-tale farm and speak to the Little Red Hen and her friends, in Spanish. They’ll go with the sheep to the hairdresser and learn how to ask for a haircut. They will visit the pig’s house and take swim lessons in the pig’s (pretend) mud puddle.
Or they can go to Oz, and converse with Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Lion about their wish to have a heart, a brain, and courage – all in Spanish, of course!
If you plan to teach toddlers, the Mpressarias Curriculum allows you to instruct both the parents and the toddlers in parent-child classes. Parents will talk to their children in Spanish as they feed a baby doll together, or pretend they are playing in a park — all the while learning the language that they will need when they are in a real park.
Our lessons are centered around pretend play to ignite a child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn.
Compare that with a traditional curriculum in which year after year the students memorize colors, numbers, and days of the week — or conjugations and grammar rules. Grammar is important, but introducing it too early is a sure way to kill a child’s drive to learn!
A Curriculum That Teaches Language The Way Young Children Really Learn
We have yet to find the child who wants to learn about conjugations or memorize vocabulary words. That is why we don’t produce flashcards or textbooks.
After all, what is a child to do with “amarillo,” “gato,” and “tú tienes” (“Yellow,” “cat,” “you have”)? How will memorizing those isolated words and phrases help him talk and play with a Spanish-speaking friend?
When you learn words in context, you understand and remember them better – and can even use them to speak!
This is especially important for children. Adults can make connections based on our experience, but young children need context, because the world is new for them. Isolated phrases will mean nothing to them. The younger they are, the more that is true.
That’s why our curriculum is designed to teach language in meaningful context for natural language acquisition. Each curriculum set is centered around a traditional story, and has a story-like structure itself, with a beginning, a middle and end. So every new word and phrase a child learns builds upon what they have already learned.
The Mpressarias Curricula is also divided by age groups. Toddlers don’t learn like eight-year-olds, so each curriculum set matches the target student’s age. The toddler sets do not follow a storybook format, but are integrated by topics meaningful to one and two year olds, such as playing in the yard or helping in the kitchen.
A Curriculum That Promotes Real Life Skills
By giving young children the tools to learn a new language now (fluently, not just having memorized words and phrases) you are opening up a lifetime of opportunities.
Today, your students are traveling to a magic place – this is the starting point. As they grow up, they may have an opportunity to study abroad. They may also be able to work abroad or pursue any other interest that involves more than one language.
As your students grow up, they may have an opportunity to study abroad.
The magic of today will spark the wonder of tomorrow. No matter how old they are, your students will always remember your program.
How the Mpressarias Curricula Compares to Other Products
|How Our Curriculum is Better
|Mpressarias is about learning language in context, not memorizing disconnected vocabulary
|Mpressarias is about using everyday contexts that connect to the life of real children
|Mpressarias is about using language for interactive play and conversation