Señor Baumgart's Webpage
My name is Mr. Baumgart. This will be my 19th academic year of teaching Spanish at St. Benedict School, as well as 29 years of educating in the Buffalo Catholic Diocese. I am elated and inspired to teach students in grades 1 to 8 the skills necessary to survive in a Spanish-speaking country as well as the Hail Mary prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish. Eventually, the students in middle school will learn the Our Father and the prayer of Saint Francis. The best methods of communicating with me is in person, through phone at 835-2518 or via e-mail (e-mail is the better of the two as I check it everyday) RBaumgart.Baumgart@gmail.com or R.Baumgart@SaintBenedicts.com. Please visit my curriculum page to find the information necessary for a pleasant academic year of Spanish. Another excellent source of learning and reviewing the Spanish language is located on the RESOURCE page. Simply scroll down to the bottom and click on the SPANISH LINKS section. Please feel free to make any suggestions or comments regarding my website as I want to make it an easily accessible component to the overall spectrum of language learning. I continually utilize http://quizlet.com/ and you can easily search for all of my themes by either looking under RBaumgart or SBS. Please feel free to peruse this excellent aide in language development. It is very easy and free for the parents to have their child(ren) join Quizlet. All you need to provide is your e-mail and then wait for a confirmation (e-mail) from me. This is a great learning tool for foreign language as well as the many other school subjects available at Saint Benedict School.
This academic year will be one in which the textbook will be used in conjunction with technology , whereas the lessons are taught using the New York State Standards followed by assessments, whether simple responses, detailed sentences, fill-in-the-blanks, verbal answers, games,on-line quizzes/tests, projects involving the integration of other subjects and relevant to daily life, etc. Additionally, the students will be exposed to the following: 1) native pronunciation of all Spanish-speaking countries via vocabulary learning essential to each region; 2) cultural features such as food, dance, arts and crafts,music, current events, as well as how the people have an impact upon the fortitude and growth of each country; 3) listening comprehension; 4) relevant phrases and idiomatic expressions in Spanish to improve one’s ability to survive in a Spanish-speaking society; 5) numerous grammar rules and pronunciation; and 6) real life events and situations in our world having an impact on different Spanish-speaking locations throughout our planet. Throughout the year, the students in fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade will be provided with an ample amount of vocabulary (on-line and via handouts) to further enhance their ability to write entries in their journals on a monthly basis. Furthermore, there will be a Spanish club after school (TBA), in which those students intrigued by Spanish culture can experience food, music, and prayer. All in all, it looks like this year will be both an inspirational and fun learning experience as well as the opportunity for the students to display their strengths and to further strengthen their love, understanding, speaking, and involvement in this beautiful worldly language spoken by so many people both near and afar.