Spanish Immersion Montessori preschool program for children ages 2.9 – 5 years
We would like to be an extension of your family by providing your children, at an early age, a total language immersion and multicultural “Prepared Environment” that enables your child to make connections between home and school and facilitates maximum independent learning and exploration.
We know and understand that choosing an early education preschool for your family is one of the most important decisions you will make. We believe that our role as a program is to partner with families to help in the education of the whole child – socially, physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Our aim is to make our preschool an active community that fosters friendships and creates a supportive network.
At ABC Spanish in Motion Spanish Immersion Montessori Preschool children will experience an educational environment in another language – that is to say that they are not “just” learning Spanish; they are learning in Spanish. We know how important and special it is for parents to be part of their child’s experiences in meaningful ways. ABC Spanish in Motion extends Spanish learning opportunities to homes by providing homes with music used as part of class curricula for fun learning and review with the family at home. Children intuitively understand, enjoy, explore, play with and capture the language. We make a difference by providing families with an educational experience that enriches lives and cultivates minds.
Learning through a Multicultural and Nurturing Montessori – Influenced Environment
ABC Spanish Immersion Montessori Preschool allows a “Prepared Environment” that facilitates maximum
independent learning and exploration. The program also offers total Spanish immersion:
Another key goal is to to facilitate the benefits of a Montessori classroom approach. We aim to plant a seed of cultural awareness and interest that will grow and will foster diversity and cultural sensitivity within the growing generation. Through compassionate and guided nurturing, we hope to give children, families and community a true passion for multiculturalism and self-leadership. We want to offer the child such guidance and materials for him or her to acquire basic academic skills at the most propitious time in her or his own individual psychological and physical development. The preschool environment is shaped to support and encourage social and emotional intelligenc, and physical development including self-awareness, management of feeling, empathy and and effectively navigating relationships.
We believe the best path to language acquisition is through total immersion in not just the language, but its cultures as well.
Music & Movement
We believe that children learn best by playing in a natural, fun, and musical environment, and thus interactive music and movement is explored daily in the program, accompanied by instruments, props, sign language, and other elements.
Flexible Classes make ABC a Great Place to Grow.
Children will learn at their own pace through engaging in all classroom activities in the Spanish language.
Each student in our program is encouraged to develop a strong sense of his or her own abilities and responsibilities as individuals, and as members of a community. We hope and believe that each child will welcome their future, take their place in future classrooms with joy, confidence, and a true appreciation of and respect for themselves, for others, and for the process of learning.
A Loving Staff
Our multicultural, diverse, experienced, and qualified native-speaking Montessori educators and staff provides a unique opportunity for our students to learn first-hand the similarities and differences among Latin cultures.
A Montessori Philosophy
We believe in what Maria Montessori has discovered and is that “education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child”
As well as Maria Montessori, we believe there is a sensitive period for sensory and language learning. There is a magic window of opportunity for language acquisition (birth through 6 years) that exists when children are very young and that exposure to multiple languages at a young age improves a child’s ability to master languages in later years. We believe that rapid and lasting learning takes place most effectively through multi-sensory stimulation; i.e., the use of prepared activities, music, and interactive motion designed to stimulate the mind and the imagination. We create a positive association with the language through the use of Montessori materials, puppets, games, and poetry and Latin American music.
We believe the best way for language acquisition is through total immersion, not just in the language, but in its cultures. For that we employ native Spanish speaker teachers to conduct all the activities in the target language.
We believe that our role as a program is to partner with the families to help in the education of the whole child, socially, physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Each student in our program is encouraged to develop a strong sense of his or her own abilities and responsibilities as individuals, and as members of a community. We hope and believe that each child will welcome his and her future, takeing place in future classrooms with joy, confidence, and a true appreciation of and respect for one’s self, for others, and for the process of learning.
Our Approach and Methodology
In order to maximize exposure to the new language, classes are conducted fully in Spanish. Our program is based on four main approaches: Total Physical Response or TPR (developed by James Asher, professor at San José State University), which is based on the theory that the memory is enhanced through association with physical movement; a Natural Approach (developed by Krashen and Terrell’s at Stanford University) in which language teaching methods are presented in informal and familiar settings where the primary focus is on listening and comprehension and language production is not forced, but allowed to emerge spontaneously; Multiple Intelligence, which connects our curricula with the learner’s capacity and learning styles using words, numbers, music, etc. (Developed by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University), and the Montessori Method: A child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. Dr. Maria Montessori Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world. It is a view of the child as a natural learner, who is eager of knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully “Prepared Learning Environment”. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child’s physical, social-emotional and cognitive being. In her words: “I have studied the child, I have taken what the child has given me and experienced it and that is what is called the Montessori Method. Montessori students learn to think critically, work collaboratively and act boldly – a skill set for the 21st century.
Our classroom’s “Prepared Environment” encourages children to move freely during the day choosing to purposely play and work with the materials they choose based in their own interests and needs. Children work uninterrupted blocks of time for three hours per day. The materials in the classroom are specialized, developed by Montessori and her collaborators and carefully chosen to support the developmental child’s life stages. We offer a mix-d age classroom (2.9 – 5 years) where they can respect each other as part of a peaceful community. And importantly, a trained Montessori Director and lead teacher will be guiding this process.
Maria Montessori observed that children held within them something wonderful, something so special that could be the key to change the world. Learning should be fun to help the child reach an extraordinary transformation and overall happiness, through self-confidence and self-discipline by following their own innate needs.
The Curricula Addresses:
Emotional Intelligence: Identifying, understanding and mimicking a whole range of emotions. Building self-awareness and self-control. Developing empathy and abilities to relate to others.
Colors and Shapes: Identification and recognition within stories or songs – not simply repeating names.
Music and Movement: Building physical coordination and confidence. We also celebrate beautiful rhythms and dances from the diverse world of Latin America. Instrument playing. Spanish Music and Movement.
Social and Dramatic Play: Allowing children to fit the realities of the world into their own interests and knowledge. Creating a natural and playful space for drama that needs no written lines to memorize. Role Play. Puppets. Stimulating imagination.
Comprehension: Observation, listening, and following directions through simple commands. Making predictions.
Reading: Fostering a love for reading in a new language and word comprehension through illustration and story.
Science: Exploration of nature, animals and ecosystems. The purpose of a science curriculum for this children 2.9 – 5 years of age is not to teach scientific principles but to encourage scientific thought. It is about developing positives attitudes and enthusiasm for science and exploration. Study of Science will foster an appreciation of and responsibility for the Earth in which we live.
Social and Cultural Diversity: Developing an interest and respect for other cultures and promoting global awareness.
Math: Pattern recognition, sequences, numbers, and shapes, numeration, linear counting, the decimal system, and moving toward abstraction and memorization.
Sign Language: American Sign Language recognition and association with words and ideas that were already learned in early stages of life.
Language: The interest and ability of children at early age in language is the best example of what Dr. Montessori meant by “sensitive periods”. Children three to six years old are fascinated by language and their ability to learn language is remarkable.
Games: Improve critical thinking skills and reading comprehension. Developing positive, therapeutic effects on children of all ages. Allowing space for individualized learning, teaching children basic coding principles. Promoting spatial thinking, reasoning, memory, perception, team building and problem-solving.
Geography: Making children aware of the world. Introducing children to two main geography pieces within the Montessori Early Childhood classroom: physical geography & political geography (also known as culture).
Food and Nutrition: teaching children about food with a multicultural approach. Experimenting, making children aware of flavors from around the world. Learning where our food comes from, and how to live a healthy lifestyle. Help children make connections between a culture and its food! Foods embody cultures. Sample and savoring world foods. Encouraging children to learn about and tasting what their peers may eat in their homes.
Art: Artistic creativity helps children to develop their creative thinking skills and joy in the freedom of expression through the visual creation. They will experiment with art materials, forms and elements of art and principles of design. Art helps children to understand themselves, which leads to better self-esteem, confidence and individuality.
Practical Life: Control of movement, care of the person, care of the indoor and outdoor environments.
Grace and Courtesy: Be kind and respectful of one’s self, others and of the environment.
Sensorial: Dr. Montessori characterized the young child by her “absorbent mind”. This is to say that the child absorbs impressions through all senses, like a sponge absorbing water.