Why put my child in language immersion program?
Why Language Immersion?
Becoming bilingual opens the door to more people in more places. Many parents want to provide their children with diverse language skills to interact more fully in an increasingly interdependent world community. Ultimately, immersion learners benefit cognitively, exhibiting greater nonverbal problem-solving abilities and more flexible thinking.
Acquisition is Key Acquiring a new language is especially advantageous at a young age, as the pronunciation, intonation and structure comes much more quickly and easily. Further, children who learn a second language from an early age consistently show superior mathematical conceptualization, problem solving skills, verbal acumen, and creativity. At La Casa Montessori School, we believe strongly in individualized attention so you will find our teacher/student ratio is lower than at other schools.
Language Immersion Should Be Natural In our classrooms, children speak the language they feel comfortable speaking. Meanwhile, teachers use —Spanish as their primary target language while supporting with body language, context, gestures, intonation, and visual aids to assist in the learning process.. Parents are typically amazed by how quickly their child begins to understand basic directions and information in their new language!
For more information on language immersion, visit PBS.org/languageimmersion for an interesting unbiased article on the topic.
Why Learn Spanish in Preschool?
At the preschool and kindergarten age, children have a great window of opportunity for learning a foreign language! By working with our Montessori students from this young age, we help them develop a foundation that will help accelerate their ability to learn language skills in later years.
Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. In fact, there are more Spanish speakers throughout the world than English speakers! Between the ages of three and five, your child’s vocabulary grows between 900 and 2500 words. Our teachers have developed special Spanish curriculum for preschool and kindergarten students according to the Montessori Method to enhance your child’s language and critical thinking skills.
Benefits of Preschool Spanish Lessons
Benefits of learning Spanish at the preschool age (according to the Center for Applied Linguistics) include:
Positive effect on intellectual growth
Enriched and enhanced mental development
Greater mental flexibility, including creativity and multi-tasking
Improved understanding of their native language
Increased cultural competency and opens the door to a greater worldview
Early appreciation for other cultures
Potential for job opportunities where knowing a second language is an asset