Welcome!

IMG_0766Please 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.

 

Did you know?

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.

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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.

 

 

Learn More:

Benefits of a Bilingual Brain!

Benefits of Bilingualism

 

 

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day as part of National Teacher Appreciation week and with that we’d just like to give a shout-out to our Lead Teacher, Ms. Karina who has been doing an awesome job this year with our little ones. Thank you!

“It takes a big heart to teach little minds.”

 

First day of Session #3

Our first day of session #3 was a blast! We introduced the new theme of La Ropa or Clothes today and it is opening fun new avenues for language learning. Our letter of the day was A and we learned that the word Abrigo or Coat starts with A.

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We also got some much needed sunshine out in our play yard.

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Session #3 Starts Monday!

There is still time to enroll for Session #3 starting Monday (4/15)! We have openings for Mon, Wed, & Fri mornings, 8:30-11:30.

If you are interested in enrolling your child but the schedule doesn’t work for you, please drop us a line at info@aventurasne.com to let us know. We will be adding classes in the near future and would like to accommodate families.

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Thanks!

Aventuras