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

 

 

Introducing Maestra Karina!

51608102_374395329781300_2525191752139145216_nWe would like you to meet Karina Saavedra-Mendez. She is the Lead Teacher for our morning preschool class and has been teaching with Aventuras since opening day. Maestra Karina is an engaging educator and a pleasure to work with. Please join me in getting to know her in her own words:

Hello! My name is Karina Saavedra-Mendez and I am from Usulután, El Salvador and have been living in Lincoln for 20 years.  My family consists of my husband William and I, along with our three sons and one daughter-in-law, Axel, 23, and his wife, Kiera, 23, (who live in Overland Park, Kansas) Fabricio, 22 (who lives in Lincoln), and our youngest, Thiago, who is 3. My family speaks both English and Spanish at home, and I think that it is very important for children to be bilingual, because it opens up new opportunities for children as they become older.

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Before becoming a teacher at Aventuras, I was a Health Tech for Lincoln Public Schools for 13 years and worked at Clinton Elementary, even though I am not working as a permanent health tech, I am still working as a substitute when I can.

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I still work for LPS as a Spanish interpreter and have just entered into my 16th year in that line of work. For the past 15 years, during tax season I have worked at H&R Block as a Tax Specialist, and it is something that I look forward to every year.

I also volunteer at our church for teaching Sunday school to preschool aged children and have been doing so for around 8 years now. In my free time I enjoy going to church and participating in church activities and I also enjoy going to and finding new coffee places around Lincoln to relax. I hope you were able to learn a little about me and I am excited to be on this journey with you and your children at Aventuras!

 

We’ve got you covered!

This is a great truthful article about what it’s like to raise a bilingual child. The author chronicles the struggles, but Aventuras is here to help you overcome them. We’ve got you covered on #2, “Finding a Bilingual School” and we’ll be happy to help you navigate through the others. By the end of the article, you’ll feel more empowered than anything and as the author says “solidarity y’all!” We’re in this together!

12 Struggles Every Mom Raising a Bilingual Kid Knows All Too Well