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Spanish Immersion Parent's Day Out Program

By Language Kids World

Our Spanish Immersion Programs

Our programs are designed to help children develop a love for learning and the skills they need for academic excellence, and to become bilingual, bicultural and biliterate.

In our programs, Spanish is spoken most of the day and children acquire the Spanish language while they discover the world around them. Children naturally acquire Spanish language skills at their own pace as they are exposed to the Spanish language through active and purposeful play as well as structured and guided activities in which children can develop their language skills in meaningful ways that allow them to use the language they are learning in many different settings and contexts. Children will listen to Spanish most of the day and will gradually begin uttering their own words and forming their own sentences. We expose children to literacy, songs and authentic objects that will help them learn not only the Spanish language but also its culture.

Our program provides a Spanish immersion environment, while also incorporating English instruction during specific times of the day, helping children transfer the knowledge they are learning between both languages. Children will learn skills and content both in Spanish and in English, and will be prepared for Kindergarten, whether it is a bilingual program or a traditional program.

Teachers use research-based methodologies to help children acquire the Spanish language, such as the Natural Approach, Total Physical Response (TPR), and Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS). They also use techniques that help children in their acquisition, such as visual aides, use of authentic materials in class, gestures, slower rate of speech, use of music and role playing, and many more.

Our program is perfect for or students with or without previous exposure to the Spanish language. Our highly trained bilingual teachers use research-based methodologies for early second language learners of all proficiency levels.

Our program is secular, we do not offer religious-based education.

Our program creates a holistic learning experience that engages children with multiple types of learning, as we incorporate hands-on  and engaging activities and lessons in the following learning domains:

Cognitive domain (Head). This includes cognitive skills and verbal information, and help children with understanding, problem-solving, memorization, time management, categorization, etc. An important element is imagination and creativity, which are developed by incorporating art and creative learning segments as well as role-playing activities.

Affective domain (Heart). Our caring and nurturing environment will guide children in the development of affective skills. We incorporate social and enotional learning in all our lesson plans to guide children in their affective skills development.

Psychomotor domain (Hand). This is an integral part of our program, and it includes physical actions, reflexes, interpretive movements and eye-hand coordination. Our curriculum incorporates the five senses along with balance, spatial relationships, movement and physical activity.

Schedule

Tuesdays and Thursdays

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

 Our program is held from the beginning of September to the end of May.

Ages and Ratios

Our low student-teacher ratio allows our experienced teachers to provide personalized instruction to every child.

Our teachers will provide small group instruction to children, giving them the opportunity to reinforce the content they are learning and help each child in the areas they need support with, helping them reach their full potential.

Infants – 6 to 12 months 

Ratio: 1 teacher to 3 babies

Young toddlers – 12 – 24 months

Ratio: 1 teacher to 4 children

Older toddlers – 2 – 3 years old

Ratio: 1 teacher to 5 children

Preschoolers – 3 – 5 years old

Ratio: 1 teacher to 6 children 

* Each child’s developmental level and readiness, as well as birthdate and availability of space will determine when s/he will be moved up to the next age group.

* Classroom groupings may vary by year.

In addition to the focus we place on the Spanish language, our curriculum incorporates several areas of knowledge to provide children with opportunities to explore and become well-rounded human beings.

Reading and writing

Activities include group and teacher-guided reading, interactive reading, letter recognition, print awareness, tracing and writing, rhymes, poems, and songs. Reading and writing is incorporated both in Spanish and English starting at age 3.

Language

Starting at age 2, we incorporate phonological awareness both in Spanish and English by introducing letters and sounds, words, and sentences. We expose children to print material early on, and we also offer pre-reading and writing tools and materials to aid their development using a variety of fun and engaging mediums.

Math

Math is so much fun! We help children recognize that Math is all around us and we use play to incorporate math skills, such as counting, sorting, recognizing shapes and symbols, creating patterns, adding and subtracting, starting from simple concepts and moving forward more complex content. We use puzzles, building blocks and imaginative play to help children master mathematical concepts.

Science

Science is one of our favorite subjects! We teach science to children through project-based learning and multisensory centers bring science to life! Children engage in hands-on experiences that help them understand the world around them and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Science topics include life cycles, animals, weather, measuring, making predictions, and much more.

Art

Art is a fundamental aspect of development in children, which fosters the imagination and allows children to express feelings and to develop fine and gross motor skills. Art is also an integral part of our Spanish immersion program. We use many different mediums, such as paint, chalk, clay, crayons, markers, sand, pencils, yarn, and many others. Some of the skills we practice include painting, gluing, cutting, sculpting, drawing, tracing and more. Our daily arts and crafts activities are based on the thematic unit for each week and month.

Music and movement

Movement and music are incorporated in our lessons. Music is a wonderful tool we use in the classroom to introduce children to different aspects of the culture. We also use music to reinforce vocabulary and structures children are learning in class. Additionally, the use of music assists with auditory and verbal development. As music, dance and active movement also allows teachers to incorporate cultural elements of the curriculum and it helps with motor skills development.

Social and Emotional Learning

Our curriculum incorporates strategies for social and emotional learning, which help children develop confidence and respect for others. Our program’s culture is built around respect and empathy for others. Children learn the importance of honesty, respect, compassion, independence and manners. We incorporate purposeful play to help children’s social and emotional learning through role play and games, as well as active discussion. Our thematic units also incorporate elements of social and emotional learning so children can understand it’s importance in daily life.

Cultural awareness

Our curriculum incorporates the culture of Spanish-speaking countries, which is incorporated in our thematic units. Students will learn about a different Spanish-speaking country each month, it’s food, traditions, weather, location in the map, animals, music, dance, and much more.

Our curriculum

Through our innovative curriculum, we offer children with opportunities to develop language and cognitive skills, as well as social and emotional skills that will foster confidence and a love of learning.

We believe children learn best through their own hands-on experiences. Active learning is at the core of our curriculum, and we provide an environment in which children learn through natural play and social interactions with other people. Our fun and engaging curriculum incorporates hands-on activities that will make learning an exciting adventure for children while incorporating practical life exercises that promote independence. We create an environment in which children can guide their own learning while at the same time providing structured activities that incorporate multiple learning domains.

Our play-based Spanish immersion program also incorporates structured activities. A consistent routine provides a sense of security and stability that creates trust and helps children become independent. Routines are built around active learning segments and provides learning opportunities and a balanced variety of experiences.

The day’s activities are balanced between small group and large group activities that help children learn readiness skills, quiet/nap time, purposeful play, art, singing and dancing traditional songs from Spanish-speaking countries and many other activities tailored to help children acquire the Spanish language.

Our curriculum is structured around research-based strategies for early language learning and it incorporates activities to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, incorporating best practices for early second language acquisition and following the Texas Education Agency’s Prekindergarten guidelines, as well as the American Coucil for the Teaching of Foreign Languages principles.

Our curriculum utilizes the most advanced methodologies of early foreign language acquisition, guiding children through an authentic learning experience designed for both language development and cultural understanding aimed at helping students become fluent and be able to communicate meaningfully in the target language and culture. Our approach to language learning is holistic, and some of the methods we use include the Natural Approach, Total Physical Response and TPRS (TPR Storytelling). 

All domains and areas of knowledge are integrated into fun and exciting weekly and monthly thematic units. Through fun, student-centered and engaging activities, music and games, students will learn about families and traditions of different Spanish-speaking countries, and they will be engaged to consider different cultural perspectives while incorporating the five C’s of the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. Students will learn to ask questions and provide responses on topics such as self, family and community, as well as understand and describe some cultural aspects and traditions of some Spanish-speaking countries such as greetings, celebrations, food and civics.

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