contributed by: Monica VanderZwaag When we started in Spanish Immersion, we were so excited but also hesitant about the process. Our kids started in preschool, where parent helpers were required, so every few weeks one of us would go in and participate in the class. … Read More
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.
Maria Ibarra is an inspiration to us, and it was such a delight to be able to interview her about her family’s experience in the immersion program at our partner school, Holland Language Academy. Alex is a student in the two-way Spanish immersion program.
We’re the Van Lentes – my husband Andy and I (Meghan) have two boys – Keean (age 8) and Zeke (age 4). I first heard about Spanish Immersion when I was a teacher at a small Christian school in Battle Creek. Keean was attending 3’s… Read More