|Mary-Kate (Maria) with Sra. Szwilski|
Three years ago, my husband and I got a letter in the mail from my daughter’s soon to be school. They were offering Spanish Immersion for incoming kindergarteners and wanted to know if we would like to enroll her. I was so excited! What a wonderful experience it would be for her to learn a different language. While I was all in from the get go, some of my friends were not so sure. They were worried about whether their children would fall behind in other subjects and during testing time. Our school held a meeting so that parents could hear from other parents, students, and teachers that were involved in Spanish Immersion, and they answered all of our questions. I would like to share some of that information with you…
- Has a positive effect on intellectual growth.
- Enriches and enhances a child’s mental development.
- Leaves students with more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening.
- Improves a child’s understanding of his/her native language.
- Gives a child the ability to communicate with people she/he would otherwise not have a chance to know.
- Opens the door to other cultures and helps the child understand and appreciate people from other countries.
- Gives the child a head start in language requirements for college.
- Increases job opportunities in my careers where knowing another language is a real asset.
|Kate’s Class Performing Shakira’s Waku Waku at a Foreign Language Festival|