This is the tenth installment of 12 Tips for Choosing a Montessori School which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.
The mind of a child is like a sponge for knowledge. A child can easily absorb information, soak it in, begin to process it, and retain the knowledge in their long term memory at a much greater capacity then we do as adults. This is why it is so important to begin teaching children a second language at a young age.
Young children are developing language skills rapidly, and they quickly absorb whatever they hear. They can understand new words in different languages at an incredibly fast rate. They can also easily develop the ability to recreate the accents and sounds of various languages. Children are able to pronounce words and sounds that require such things as rolling the tongue or guttural sounds that can be hard to replicate when you are learning a second language as an adult.
At Montessori American School, Spanish is introduced as a second language at an imperative time, when a child is in a sensitive period of language. We adhere to the philosophy of Dr. Montessori, that “No child can learn to perfection as many languages as he hears spoken about him.” Our primary goal in a bilingual program is to help the child develop conversational skills.
When choosing the perfect Montessori school, you should ensure that a bilingual program in place so that your child can take advantage of this opportune time for picking up a second language. In addition, you should consider other enrichment programs that are available, which will also fulfill a child’s natural hunger for knowledge.
In addition to a comprehensive Spanish program, Montessori American School has a variety of other enrichment programs for children, such as:
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