How Our Classrooms Work
Our Pre-Primary and Primary classes (2-6 yrs.) are full immersion classrooms with two native Spanish speakers born and raised in Latin America. The Lead Teachers present all Montessori subjects (i.e. language, math, science, geography, sensorial, practical life and art) in Spanish only.
Our K-2 Class (5-7 yrs.) is a bilingual classroom where the mix of English/Spanish instruction varies depending on each student’s ability, since each student has an individual curriculum. Typically, about 70% of the child’s work is in Spanish. This includes reading, writing, spelling, reading comprehension, science and social studies taught one-on-one with the teacher, as well as group Circle time where students have an opportunity to share what they’ve learned, in Spanish.
Our overall teaching philosophy is that teachers should instruct students using the teacher’s native language. In addition to one-on-one lessons, this includes group Circle time where the kids learn songs, tell stories and share their knowledge. It takes approximately six years of bilingual education for a student to become fully bilingual.