Austin Eco Billingual School Methodology

Overview

As part of an overall educational approach, we utilize a Spanish language program in which the children are immersed in Spanish while participating in activities. In order to achieve the desired levels of Spanish proficiency, children must be fully immersed in the language as early as possible. Once a child reaches the age of four, we begin introducing French and Mandarin once a week. Children learn through experience and integration. We use story time, singing, dancing, arts and crafts, drama, puppets, free time in centers, gymnastics, and recess to help children develop motor skills, hand-eye coordination, order, sequence, confidence and concentration.

Social Constructive - Philosophy

Our methods utilize the Social-Constructive Philosophy where children learn in a variety of ways (listening, observing, touching, reading, participation and repetition.) Our methodology recognizes that all children learn and progress at different speeds, therefore, we must adapt to their individual learning pace. Our studies have shown that children learn best when they are taught through organized playful activities where the teacher establishes rapport with children at their level and stimulates their ability to learn.

Anything can be presented as a game. The game can change the atmosphere and capture the interest of the most reluctant child. They don't realize they are learning, they are enjoying the game and learning at the same time.

Based on the child's age, the course becomes more structured. Incorporating age related activities stimulates their social as well as academic progress.

AEBS integrates Reggio Emilia as  an internationally known approach for their innovative pedagogy. Researchers from The Harvard University Graduate School of Education, have studied how children learn in a partnership with Reggio Emilia schools. Harvard Professor Howard Gardner says the research should do away with common preconceptions about early childhood education. “You may think that learning is necessarily individual, but it’s not,” Gardner said. What’s more, assessment of learning is not necessarily tests, “It can be an intrinsic and magnificent part of learning,” said Gardner. The research results appear in a new book, “Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners.”

“To be truly educated, a student must also make connections across the disciplines; discover ways to integrate the separate subjects, and ultimately relate what they learn to life” (Boyer 1995).

The relationship between the subject areas and the units of inquiry will change from one unit to another. In teasing out this relationship, it is worth considering the distinctions that Michael Halliday (1980) made about language learning: that students learn language, learn about language, and learn through language. These distinctions are worth reflecting upon for all subject areas.

Education based on Interrelationships

A network of communication exists between the children, parents and teachers of Reggio Emilia. These three protagonists work together to create the spirit of cooperation, collaboration, and co-construction of knowledge. They work together, interacting toward a common purpose: the building of a culture which respects childhood as a time to explore, create and be joyful. Each of these three protagonists has rights within the school; those of the children were highlighted earlier.

Why Austin Eco Bilingual School?

  • For its unique Spanish immersion program
  • For its well-rounded program, and professional curriculum followed by the Mexican Ministry in alignment with International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Multilingual program including Spanish, French and Mandarin classes
  • Arts, crafts, dancing, singing and gymnastic activities included in our curriculum
  • Activities which are fun and enjoyable for children in their learning process
  • More than 12 years experience working in the childcare field
  • Certified native Spanish speaking teachers
  • Quality daycare before and after school where children learn social, language and motor skills
  • We help children build their self-esteem
  • Competitive rates and extremely low teachers ratios
  • 12-week Spanish Immersion Summer Camp from June through August
  • Admission available to any child between 6 weeks and 9 years old

Linguistic Immersion

Students at Austin Eco Bilingual are introduced to the Spanish language through linguistic immersion. This method helps children feel comfortable rather than confused, or pressured. Introducing each language naturally through everyday situations in the same way as learning a native tongue, creates an environment where Spanish is not a subject matter. Children respond quickly to native speakers of Spanish who allow self expression within a curriculum that follows the Mexican Ministry of National Education model.

In order to achieve a maximum level of Spanish proficiency, children should be fully immersed in the language as early as possible. However, introducing another tongue later in childhood will not impede their ability to speak, understand and learn within the language. Through introduction of concepts such as mathematics, spelling, social studies, science, cultural, current events and art, students develop the ability to integrate information into their lives and express ideas in multiple languages. This makes their Spanish education more than rote memory. It makes it a part of their lives.

Multi-Cultural

The different nationalities of our teaching staff and children create a rich multicultural experience, allowing children not only to assimilate the language but also learn the customs and cultures of different countries, thereby developing an open and tolerant mind.

Why Spanish Immersion?

Having proficiency in more than one language has shown to enhance a child's overall verbal development, heighten creativity, as well as improve cognitive performance in overall basic skills necessary for elementary school.

Most children have the ability to learn more than one language much easier than adults. Experts agree that the earlier a child is introduced to a second language, the greater the chances are that the child will become proficient in the language.

Many cities in the U.S. are increasingly being exposed to the Spanish language and culture. Through Spanish Immersion, children will have numerous advantages that transpire from becoming bilingual.