Since arriving in Mexico almost a month ago, we’ve been trying our best to practice and use our Spanish. We have instituted a daily “Clase de Español” as part of our homeschooling, but Five String and Five Spice soon discovered how difficult it is to teach something that you don’t fully understand yourself. Also, the five of us are all at different levels, so it is hard to find materials and activities that equally challenge us all.
Once we arrived in La Paz, we decided to look into taking Spanish classes as a family. Finding a place that would offer classes to young children (7, 5, and 3) and be family-friendly enough for the adults to relax and take classes on their own was no small order. In fact, only one language school in town could meet our needs: El Nopal Academia de Español.
El Nopal is run by Juan and Marta, who are both incredibly knowledgeable, gracious people who have a great language program in a relaxing and family-friendly space (which is no surprise since they have three young children of their own). They were able to work out the perfect schedule for us. We come to El Nopal twice a week, and over the course of two hours Five Spice, Five String, and the Younger Fives all have an hour-long class. The kids can arrive and have some downtime (and snacks) with Five String in the spacious, shaded courtyard while Five Spice is in class. Then, they have a class of their own while Five String goes to one of his own.
We are all super excited to improve our knowledge of Spanish and of La Paz in the coming weeks during our time taking classes at El Nopal. As much as we enjoy homeschooling on our own, sometimes you just have to know when to bring in the experts. Over the next few weeks we are all excited to share more about our individual experiences in our language instruction at El Nopal. While we are all taking advantage of this great language school together, it is very exciting for us that we each have a different class experience to discover and share.