Teachers see firsthand how bilingualism improves brain functioning as dual language immersion programs help students academically, socially and emotionally. Bolstered by research that has documented improvements in multi-tasking, attention control, creativity and problem-solving skills, bilingual preschools are shown to help students by:
Building an Academic Advantage
Teaching Spanish and English together helps even our youngest students see, hear, touch, assimilate, enunciate and ultimately read more quickly. Language skills come quite naturally to children because they absorb everything.
Learning two languages in tandem also improves a child’s academic skill sets, cognitive functions and ability to read. Over time, bilingual kids become more focused, less distracted and able to switch tasks more easily. Why? Perhaps because they stimulate the brain’s pathways more than a child learning just one language does.
Social, Emotional and Cultural Benefits
Other benefits center around the social and emotional components of Montessori learning. English speaking students who learn a second language develop empathy and cross-cultural balance with classmates who hail from other countries.
Integrating children of diverse heritage is beneficial towards building an understanding of how each culture, its people, history, government, geography, weather, food, products and ‘place’ adds to the whole of each child’s concept of the world.
Delaying Cognitive Decline
Even though dual language skills are taught early in a child’s life, they remain for a lifetime! Researchers say that learning two languages permanently alters one’s brain structure and neuro-pathways. Even Alzheimer’s patients who were dual language learners have shown a stronger ability to retain cognitive senses deeper into their decline.
Dual English/Spanish Three Year Immersion Program
Our graduating bilingual Kindergarten La Jolla students have been taught English and Spanish skills for three years and enter elementary school with dual verbal fluency. They can speak Spanish–even though they cannot read or write!
Since bilingualism improves brain functioning, our bilingual preschool in La Jolla helps mold tomorrow’s leaders. Our mix of early childhood education, diverse heritages learning together, highly trained Spanish and English teachers and individualized pacing helps our young students build integrative foundations towards a lifetime of learning.
La Jolla Montessori School is a bilingual preschool in San Diego located at 8745 La Jolla Scenic Drive, just minutes from the intersection of I-5 and La Jolla Village Drive. The school teaches children as young as eighteen months through Kindergarten.
Visit https://la jollamontessorischool.com/book-a-tour/ for a virtual or live online group tour today!