Learning a second language before age five pays lifetime benefits.
How can we build our children’s curiosity & enthusiasm while making an effort to instill a love of learning? How can we help them master the future through language?
As educators, we know that learning is difficult and failure is part of the learning process. For some students, the fear of failure overrides the love of learning.
This fear to fail is often instilled by parents. Many of us push our children from the get-go as a way of teaching them how the world works—we reward points, scores, and awards rather than applaud strength, character, and personality traits.
As a result, the adventure of learning runs a distant second as they grow into their teens.
And, we parents know that 2040 will be a far different world than today. Thus, there’s a need to instill a foundation in language–specifically, English and Spanish together. Why? Because our private school is designed to build leaders, not warehouse kids.
A La Jolla Montessori School, education bridges this ‘love of learning’ gap early on about what truly matters—constructing a foundation towards building a life of learning about the self and the world around us.
The Montessori Method is about building a ‘wholeness’ of learning from the inside of a child to the outside world he or she faces daily. We learn how to lovingly guide the student’s underpinning toward self-motivation and resiliency as their tasks grow harder every day.
As a result, our school has built an English/Spanish Bilingual immersion program to teach and train our youngest students on how to communicate in the two most important languages on the planet.
In 2040, our children will be graduating college and applying for jobs at companies and in fields that currently do not exist. As they strive to become our next generation of leaders, we must give them multiple language skills to teach, manage, and lead.
Our goal is to prepare each child’s total development–educationally, socially, morally, and culturally. It’s our job to instill a quest for wisdom and self-reliance—a love of learning that embraces other countries, cultures, geography, policy, and self-determination.
Our English and Spanish immersion program are designed to create dual-language fluency by the time children enter elementary school. We use two headteachers to teach the same lessons–one day in Spanish and one day in English. Starting at eighteen months, students assimilate words in both languages–ultimately using their brains in a more complex way to problem solve. The value: one billion people speak Spanish.
That’s the La Jolla Montessori Difference: we are focused on instilling a love of learning languages today–knowing what these words will mean tomorrow as our kids navigate business in their chosen field.
The ability to synthesize concepts and apply skills is valuable and learning two languages simultaneously is just plain smart. Thus, we engage students in a process of discovery, even if language or math is not the child’s favorite or easiest subject.
La Jolla Montessori School teachers focus on the process, not just the destination.
This is the value of Dr. Maria Montessori’s teaching: building foundations to create a lifetime of learning by allowing children to individually discover what they like; let them follow their passions at their own pace; and, give them the educational tools and methodology to become successful adults.
For us, learning is the goal. That learning is based on a 110 year-old methodology that is designed to educate students for the future by giving them special tools as toddlers, primary and kindergarten students. That is the benefit of how to instill a love of learning for a lifetime and that’s our goal in any language!
La Jolla Montessori School is located at 8745 La Jolla Scenic Drive North, just down the street from the main UCSD campus.
Book a tour of our school today and meet our school’s director, Kelly McFarland, M.Ed., will be happy to provide guidance to you and your family.