Goal: Our goal is to teach children Spanish naturally. Children learn their first language through interaction and play by caregivers. As we teach them a second language we also do this through natural interaction of play and communication. Our goal is to not only develop vocabulary but to learn how to use the vocabulary they are taught.
The teachers at Bilingüe Preschool are trained following the methodology of Sonrisa's Spanish School. This includes:
Total Physical Response (TPR): TPR is a method of teaching language or vocabulary concepts using physical movement to react to verbal input. The process mimics the way that infants learn their first language, and it reduces student inhibitions and lowers stress. The purpose of TPR is to create a brain link between speech and action to boost language and vocabulary learning.
The Natural Approach: This approach is that children learn a foreign language naturally through acquisition as they would learn their native language. In other words, not only do we teach vocabulary but we use the vocabulary through games, songs, and daily routines such as washing hands and putting their jackets on.
The Waldorf Foreign Language Approach: The Waldorf approach is based on the idea that the primary purpose of foreign language acquisition is to develop the ability to communicate. A part of this communication is cultivating an interest in other cultures. When children are exposed to another language not only are they learning words but their minds are opening a broader and different way to thinking and seeing the world.
Reading Spanish Literature: Children love books and connect with the stories they read. An important part of Spanish immersion is having them hear the words and make connections with the pictures and voice inflections. Although they do not understand every word they understand the context of the story. As they make connections with the book and the target language they are building brain flexibility, problem solving, increased concentration and an increased understanding of the target language.
Consistent Routine and Structure: Every class time has the same structure. When children can predict what is going to happen next and they know what is expected of them they feel safe and comfortable which creates an environment for learning. It also provides an environment we can use repetition. Repetition is the key to developing and acquiring the language.