“The development of language is part of the development of the personality, for words are the natural means of expressing thoughts and establishing understanding between people.”
Dr. Maria Montessori
Dual language education programs are in high demand for good reason. Children pick up and maintain languages more readily when they are exposed to it at a younger age.
Montessori education is our school’s primary focus. And that education is enhanced by our dual-language programs. Each community, Toddler, Early Childhood and Elementary, offers exposure to multiple languages. Spanish is our primary second language.
Montessori education is our school’s primary focus, complemented by a variety of spoken languages from around the world, with Spanish being our predominant second language. What this means for students of Montessori House for Children & Elementary School:
Our toddler community is rich with vocabulary, primarily English and Spanish. Toddler aged children are in a period of development that thrives upon the acquisition of language. During this unique period of development, children effortlessly acquire vocabulary and comprehend the meaning of words, from any spoken language! One guide in each toddler class is dedicated to speaking 100% in Spanish. Other guides speak interchangeably, between English and their native language (primarily Spanish).
Early Childhood Community
Children of our Early Childhood community are exposed to many different languages. The Montessori curriculum is presented in English, by the lead guide, and assistant guides communicate with children in both English and their native language, which could consist of Spanish, Hindi, Arabic, Russian, etc. (depending on classroom placement). Additionally, Spanish class begins at the Early Childhood level, during their community group time. Spanish class is taught by a native Spanish speaker and offers an introduction to vocabulary, songs and literature.
Spanish and English are the two primary languages of the Elementary Community. One guide in each community, lower/upper elementary, to speaking 100% in Spanish. Spanish language lessons are incorporated into the curriculum/workplan. Most all guides are bilingual in English and Spanish, with Spanish being their native language.