As we wrap up our first summer camp this week, let’s take a look back at what we’ve learned about animals! Of particular note, our dramatic play veterinarian’s office was a huge hit.
Summer Camp #2 begins next week with our emphasis on insects. This two week camp will introduce students to spiders, bees, butterflies, ants and worms.
Openings available for students aged 3-8 years old in our morning or afternoon session. Choose 2, 3 or 5 days per week. Contact us with questions at email@example.com.
U.S. employers say yes! A study released just last month by the American Council Teaching Foreign Languages stated that:
“The demand for language skills in the U.S. workforce is greater than ever before. In boardrooms and in the field, with customers and partners and on social media, U.S. employers today are increasingly conducting business in a language other than English. Accordingly, the ability to effectively communicate in more than one language is a critical asset for U.S. students and employees—not only in boosting their marketability in the workplace, but in helping them thrive in a global economy.”
A couple of key takeaways important to us include that “9 out of 10 U.S. employers report a reliance on U.S.-based employees with language skills other than English” and that “Spanish, Chinese and Japanese see the highest demand among U.S. employers.”
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Please join us in welcoming Ms. Elvira Marciano, the newest addition to our team! Ms. Elvira will be teaching at Aventuras during our summer program and we are so happy to have her. She comes to us with valuable education and experience which she can pass on to our little ones. Get to know her here in her own words:
I’m a native Spanish speaker originally from Huehuetenango, Guatemala. I speak three languages being: Spanish, English, and Q’anjobal (one of the 21 Mayan languages spoken in my country). I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Human Sciences last December 2018. As part of my preparation to become a Spanish teacher, I completed my professional practicum at a primary school in Spain and my student teaching at an American school in Belgium. During the last three months, I have been teaching Spanish at Yutan High School, Nebraska.
One of the things I have learned from myself after living in different places, is my interest in experiencing and learning from different cultures. I also found out that language can play a major role when experiencing those cultures. When we have the ability to communicate with people different from us, we are more likely to understand and learn from them. I strongly believe that introducing multiple languages to children not only opens up numerous opportunities for them in the long run, but it also helps their cognitive development. For these reasons, I’m passionate about working with young people.
During my spare time, I like to spend time with family and friends, play football (soccer), dance, and try to pass French I.
Babies are born with the potential to speak any language!
At just six months old, infants are capable of distinguishing sounds from any language. By 12 months old, children have already started to focus on the sounds of their primary language and by two and three years old, have begun to recognize speech patterns.
The earlier a language is introduced, the easier a child can identify its unique sounds. The ability to identify phonetic pronunciations is most acute before age three and begins to diminish the older we get. A child’s brain is developmentally prepared to learn language at this early age and prompt exposure can improve fluency and minimize or even eliminate speaking with an accent.