Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What does immersion really mean?
A. Immersion means that the children are completely immersed in the second language (Spanish) for the majority of their day. It is a natural, flowing part of their environment and, before long, it is completely natural. We are 100% immersion program.
Q. Is your school for Spanish speaking children?
A. Our school is for all children! Most of our families, about 90%, are English speakers. They want their children to be immersed in a second language in the most natural and comfortable way.
We also have families that have one or two native Spanish speakers. They want to keep their heritage language alive and have their children raised bilingual.
Q. How do you teach Spanish to the children?
A. We don’t “teach” Spanish to the children. Language is not the content of instruction, but the vehicle for it. We have an emergent curriculum, with themes and topics like any other school, but we speak Spanish.
Q. How will my child learn English?
A. This is a very common question we get asked. There’s often the fear that children won’t get the English skills they need. That’s not the case. They get English from their peers, in their environment, from the media, at home, and in every other aspect of their lives. They are constantly exposed to it, and living in an English-speaking environment is enough for the children to be bilingual in both languages.
Q. What if my child feels lost or doesn’t understand?
A. We would NEVER let children feel lost because of a language barrier! Our first and foremost concern is the child. We want them to love their first experience of school, and we would never let them miss out on any experience at any moment because of a language issue. Our teachers will absolutely use English in the moment they notice the child needs it.
Q. My child already speaks another language, won’t they get confused trying to learn a third?
A. Children don’t have the hesitations or fears about language like adults do! To them, it is fun, a game, and it just is. They absorb language incredibly quickly and that’s true for one, two, or three languages at a time, especially during the early years when language is easily absorbed.
Q. What if we don’t speak Spanish at home?
A. There are many ways to support your bilingual child. You don’t need to speak Spanish to be able to support him/her. They will gladly tell you and teach you what they learn.
Q. Do you provide food?
A. To respect each family feeding preferences, parents provide am snack, lunch and pm snacks.
Q. What is your sick policy?
A. If your child arrives at school with symptoms of illness or disease he or she will be sent home. We rely heavily on all parents to exercise good judgment in this matter. Should a child become ill at school, a parent or back-up person will be notified and the child must be pick up as soon as possible, the child should remain at home until 24 without symptoms.
Q. What kinds of things do you do with the kids all day?
A. We offer an emergent curriculum. We provide structure for learning through play and meaningful experiences and activities. Teachers take the lead from the children. They become aware of the child’s individual needs and strengths, and customize the curriculum based on the observation of the chi ld’s interests. They then create learning opportunities that appeal to all the senses and tap on all areas of development and curriculum.