WHY SPANISH INMERSION?
We believe that enrolling your child at Casita Azul is beneficial
Because we use and apply the spanish language in an emotionally supportive environment that stimulates all the senses. Children who enjoy their environment and feel safe, learn without even realizing it.
Why is an immersion program at the preschool level important?
Studies show that young children who learn a second language enjoy many additional cognitive benefits, such as enhanced problem-solving skills, enhanced spatial relation skills, and heightened creativity.
How will my child understand what is going on in class?
Your child will learn Spanish the same way they learn their first language. We use hand and body cues, stories, inflection, and facial signals to make clear what is being communicated. Throughout the day teachers incorporate songs, games, circle time and group activities.
Is any prior exposure or knowledge of Spanish required?
No. Children do not need to have prior exposure or knowledge of Spanish. We assume children coming to our preschool are being exposed to Spanish for the first time. We welcome and encourage children who have prior knowledge of Spanish, as they tend to be natural helpers in the classroom.
Do we, as parents, need to know how to speak Spanish?
It is not necessary that parents speak Spanish. Teachers instruct your child with proper pronunciation and grammar. Of course, having reinforcement at home is always an advantage, but children with little or no reinforcement of Spanish are just as successful in immersion programs as those with native speakers at home. Teachers will provide parents with monthly vocabulary words and the monthly curriculum.