We are native Spanish speakers, what can we expect?
As a Spanish-speaking community, HOLA addresses the needs of our young native speakers to learn about their cultural background, as well as to continue their education in the Spanish language. It is imperative that as they grow, so too does their ability to communicate at an age appropriate level, which is the main objective of our Spanish-for-natives philosophy, focusing on the development of their communication skills, vocabulary, listening skills, writing, reading and their overall expression. Through a curriculum that incorporates play, Creative Curriculum and Montessori materials and instruction with interactive activities, circle time, presentations and games, children learn the language and build their confidence to express themselves in Spanish.
We don’t speak Spanish at home, what can we expect?
Our program addresses the needs of non-native Spanish speaking children and offers them the opportunity to learn the language in a full-immersion model establishing relationships with native-speakers in Spanish. Children interact with native-speaking staff and children in a
supportive and low-pressure environment, where they can practice the language through games and activities that appeal to their age group. Montessori philosophy guides our days, so you can expect your child to have an excellent educational environment that is additionally enriched by the acquisition of the Spanish language. There is a short transitional period that leads into the full-immersion experience, and it is designed for non-native speakers to become accustomed to the immersion environment without distress and in a joyful and welcoming manner. Our guías are trained to assess the level of understanding of each child in order to nurture their confidence and challenge their potential.
Will my child ever learn to speak English?
Yes! We believe that English language acquisition is inevitable where English is the majority language. In fact, we have seen how even native Spanish speaking children, who have been fully immersed in Spanish at home and in school, are able to speak some English that they have absorbed through observing common social interactions or playing with English speaking children. Throughout the language acquisition process, immersion students may be able to function better in one language than the other. However, this is expected, and as exposure to the majority language increases, this gap will disappear. Additionally, being in a Spanish immersion program will not affect literacy in English as almost all aspects of literacy transfer across languages. When your child learns to read in one language, those skills transfer to another language quite easily.