In our Spanish Immersion program, the prevailing language spoken throughout the day is Spanish. Students learn both Spanish and English literacy skills, however, the overall emphasis on Spanish rapidly increases fluency, as children feel naturally compelled to communicate with their Spanish-speaking guides.
Fluency in Spanish opens doors to an entire world for your child, offering opportunities that would have been otherwise unavailable. The bilingual child has a deeper understanding of the potential of her own mind, a social and emotional head start, and a stronger foundation in executive functioning skills.
The value of a second language
Bilingualism offers a lifetime of benefits.
In an increasingly globalized world, bilingualism opens doors to whole new realms — in cultural experiences, creative and professional opportunities, and in meaningful personal relationships.
Beyond the practical benefits of bilingualism, there is a tremendous amount of evidence from psychology, neuroscience, and education research that fluency in a second language has a significant impact on crucial executive functioning skills. These executive functioning skills are key factors in an individual’s ability to succeed in life.
Executive functioning skills help us direct our attention, plan and solve problems, and interpret the words and actions of others. Additionally, bilingual children as young as age 3 have demonstrated a head start on empathy, as well as other fundamental social and emotional skills.
Our immersion classrooms feature lead teachers (“guides”) who are not only Montessori-trained, but are also native Spanish speakers, and the daily classroom experience is conducted fully in Spanish. This constant exposure to native Spanish allows children to learn the language with a native accent and natural intonation.
Spanish-speaking lead guides give Montessori lessons in Spanish, and they conduct daily conversations and classroom management in Spanish as well.
Though all main lessons and classroom management conversations are held in Spanish, English vocabulary lessons, as well as lessons for older children who are ready to learn to read and write in English, are given by a Montessori-trained native English speaker who works with students one-on-one or in small groups.
"Our daughter has been in the Nido room since 3 months old and is now in the Spanish immersion toddler room. We LOVE this school and cannot say enough about how wonderful the teachers are! Our daughter is not even two and she is learning so much! I am constantly amazed each day as I am seeing her language development and her growing independence."
"We chose this school because of their Spanish program. Their lead guides are very warm and welcoming but firm and loving. My toddler can understand fluent Spanish at 18 months of age coming from a home that only speaks English. Hands down best Spanish toddler program in the area."
Giving children the keys to life
Guidepost Montessori enables children to understand the world and choose their place within it.
With over 80 campuses across the US and Asia, and at-home and virtual learning programs serving more than 7,000 families worldwide, Guidepost is the world’s largest Montessori network.
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