“Immersion education is another opportunity to help my kids become productive citizens not just of the USA, but also of a spiritual kingdom that looks at the world for what we can give, not just what we can get, for what we can share, not just what we can protect.”
Even though Mandarin immersion seemed intimidating at first, I now view it as a breath of fresh air. It is so exciting to dream of the possibilities that await these kids whose accent sounds like they’re from China, but they look like they’re from the Netherlands. I am so glad I didn’t let my fears or need for control turn me away from this incredible opportunity.
The informed parent guide is full of resources that help address common questions and give parents a solid grasp of the goals of quality immersion education.
Instead of merely admiring the problems surrounding limited culturally and linguistically authentic Spanish texts for budding readers, Olga Díaz tackled them head-on as an author.
contributed by Cortney Housman Dan (my husband) and I, genuinely, wholeheartedly enjoy people; discovering more about their culture, upbringing, passions, character strengths/weaknesses, and their achievements. We delight in witnessing the pleasantness of people living together in unity; exuding love, compassion and humility despite different races… Read More
A teacher’s review of apps and communication platforms has gotten us thinking about how stellar immersion teachers communicate with families. What are the things that we see teachers doing in order to uphold the goals of their immersion programs, build and maintain rapport with families, and continue to foster a unified, collaborative culture?
There seems to be a similar theme of possibilities at the intersection of adventure and obedience emerging in the story of our new second-grade Spanish immersion teacher at Crown Point Christian School.
“Nosotros como padres estamos agradecidos con el program HLA porque hasta nosotros como padres hemos pasado muchos retos también. Pero ahora nos sentimos tranquilos porque si nuestro hijo es feliz nosotros como sus padres también estamos felices.”
When we are out as a family and meet other people the question usually comes up, “Where do your kids go to school?” That question is easily answered – it’s the next part that always gets the, “OOHHH.” Spanish Immersion. The reactions are a mixed bag.… Read More
The funny thing is, my kids don’t see Mandarin as a difficult language. We had to look up which language was the hardest for an English speaker to learn in order for my son to believe us. And even then, he still questions it. In case you’re wondering, Mandarin is the hardest language for a native English speaker to learn.