Preschool Spanish Immersion is taking registrations now! Don't miss out on giving your child an opportunity to get a head start on learning the spanish language. They can then continue on through 5th grade with our school based Spanish Immersion program.
We offer an all day everyday preschool Spanish Immersion section with Maricela Peterson a native spanish speaker. Through sensory based hands on experiences your child will develop language in both english and spanish.
Parents do not need to know any Spanish as preschool children naturally pick up both languages simultaneously. This opportunity is for 4 year olds born between 9/1/13 and 9/1/14 and bussing before and after school is available at no extra charge. We serve hot lunches through our school lunch program and full scholarships are available. The cost of all day everyday Spanish Immersion preschool is $620 per month or pay for the entire year by September 15th and receive 1 month free. This is less than the cost of some daycares. We have 6 remaining spots available in our Spanish Immersion classes for the 18/19 school year. Preschool classes begin on Sept. 6th.
A bit about the benefits of Spanish Immersion:
- Bilingualism helps keep cultural and ethnic heritage alive; others are drawn to the promise of personal and professional opportunities in the future. Either way, bilingualism has been proven to offer immediate cognitive advantages to kids and to help their brains work more efficiently.
Why language immersion?
“Around age 6 months, infants are capable of discriminating the sounds of all the languages of the world,” says Naja Ferjan Ramirez, Ph.D., outreach specialist for the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at University of Washington.
In other words, babies are born with the potential to speak any language. But Ramirez also notes that at 12 months, the infant’s brain has begun to specialize and focus on the sounds of the primary language(s) she hears. (This concept is explored further in a language-learning study published in 2011 in the Journal of Phonetics.) Essentially, the earlier children are exposed to languages, the better their chances of retention and proficiency.
One of the best ways to impart another language, especially if it’s not already spoken in the home, is language-immersion learning. When they have direct access to native speakers and use a language in the context of social cues, young learners are most likely to be impacted long-term by the language. A 2003 study titled “Foreign-Language Experience in Infancy" describes children as young as 9 months showing significant phonetic learning from live exposure (as opposed to audio or audiovisual recordings), proving that language learning doesn’t require long-term listening, but rather social interaction and context. As a result, language-immersion preschool programs are becoming more and more popular across the country.
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BENEFITS OF PRESCHOOL SPANISH IMMERSION:
Language acquisition for children happens in stages: first understanding, then one-word utterances, then two-word phrases, and so on. Students learning a second language move through similar stages: Preproduction, Early Production, Speech Emergence, Intermediate Fluency, and Advanced Fluency (Krashen & Terrell, 1983). Learning a dual language is seamless and can easily be acquired at the same time as a home language.
Starting early offers the widest possible set of benefits and opportunities. Children understand intuitively that language is something to explore, to play around with, and to enjoy.
Higher test scores
Better and more advanced reading skills
Gives brains a boost
Natural-sounding, native-like accent
Greater opportunities for college and careers
Bigger view of the world
Greater grasp of one’s first language—including a bigger, richer vocabulary
Building and keeping cultural connections
An all-family activity
Spanish is the vehicle for delivering the instruction not the content of the curriculum. Children naturally acquire both english and spanish language by interacting with one another. Register now for this rich and unique opportunity with Princeton Public Schools.