Big Ideas:
In grade 1, students take Mandarin and Spanish for half the year each. Students explore the Mandarin-speaking world through hands-on activities, such as making traditional food, celebrating cultural festivals and learning about their neighbours around the globe. Basic language, such as greetings, counting and colours, are introduced through songs, stories, role-plays and games. 

Grade 1
Big Ideas: 
In grade 1, students take Spanish for the first half of the year and Mandarin for the second half. Through fun, engaging contexts (games, songs, dialogues, stories), students learn simple vocabulary and phrases and explore the cultures and traditions of the Mandarin-speaking world. Mini skits and dialogues put high-frequency vocabulary into context and bring life to the language. Highlights include introducing self, expressing wants, learning the calendar and performing a short play.

Grade 2 
Big Ideas: Students learn to count to 100, answer yes/no questions and construct simple sentences. Through games, songs and stories, students develop a basic awareness of Mandarin sounds while developing a curiosity and respect for Chinese culture.

Grade 3
Big Ideas: Students continue to build their vocabulary through games, songs and stories and build upon previous skills such as the pinyin system and expressing greetings, family names and feelings. In the latter half of the year, students learn and perform the Accelerative Integrated Methodology (AIM)  story, "The Little Cat Looks For A Home." There is a focus on interaction and on answering basic questions (who, what, when, where) about Mandarin holidays and traditions, such as Moon Festival, Chinese New Year and Chinese Dragon Boat Festival.