Spanish Immersion Nido Program Overview

Our Spanish Immersion Nido Program follows the Reggio Emilia approach.  Children may enroll as early as three months. It is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education. It emphasizes the child's value as a strong, capable and resilient individual rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it.

Our school strives to examine what, where and how children should learn in order to thrive in a dynamic world. Our Teachers embrace learning for the future, they nurture expert thinking, as well as collaboration and entrepreneurship. They foster intercultural understanding, environmental stewardship and global citizenship.

They are driven by their interests to understand and know more.

Our Children form an understanding of themselves and their place in the world through their interactions with others.

There is a strong focus on social collaboration, working in groups, where each child is an equal participant, having their thoughts and questions valued. The adult is not the giver of knowledge. Children search out the knowledge through their own investigations.

Children are communicators

For Spanish Immersion Jardin Nido the communication is a process, a way of discovering things, asking questions, using language as play. Playing with sounds and rhythm and rhyme; delighting in the process of communicating. Our Children are encouraged to use language to investigate and explore, to reflect on their experiences. They are listened to with respect, believing that their questions and observations are an opportunity to learn and search together. It is a process, a continual process. A collaborative process rather than the child asking a question and the adult offering the answers. The search is undertaken together.

The environment is the third teacher

The environment is recognized for its potential to inspire children. An environment filled with natural light, order and beauty. Open spaces free from clutter, where every material is considered for its purpose, every corner is ever-evolving to encourage children to delve deeper and deeper into their interests. The space encourages collaboration, communication and exploration. The space respects children as capable by providing them with authentic materials & tools.

Our Teachers are mentors and guide

The roll of our teachers in the Spanish Immersion Nido Program (SINP) is to observe children, listen to their questions and their stories, find what interests them and then provide them with opportunities to explore these interests further. SINP Reggio Emilia takes a child-led project approach. The projects aren’t planned in advance; they emerge based on the child’s interests.

We use the emergent approach of Reggio Emilia. Our Teachers develop general goals and predict children's responses to activities and projects so that they can prepare the environment.

The children then take over and the curriculum emerges. Much of the curriculum at Reggio takes the form of projects, and those projects may be initiated by our children or teachers. Sometimes, an event or a problem may result in a project. Projects are actually intensive constructions of knowledge—studies conducted by children guided by adults or with adult resources. Projects can vary in length from a few days to a few months.
AEBS Focus on the centrality of the hundred languages belonging to every human being. In the atelier spaces, young children are offered daily opportunities to encounter many types of materials, many expressive languages and many points of view. They work actively with hands, minds, and emotions, in a context that values the expressiveness and creativity of each child.

We are Reggio Children members guided by Carlina Rinaldi, President of Loris Malaguzzi International Center.

Our Curriculum supports Six Early Learning Goals:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional
  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Cognitive Development
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development

 

We provide a balanced curriculum to meet the needs of all our children. This curriculum ensures that the children learn through a variety of fun, meaningful and playful experiences. Our classroom areas are supplied with carefully-selected materials to encourage personal discovery and creativity in the areas of art, language, math, science and pre-reading. We consider each child as an individual, taking into account his or her needs, age and previous experience. Our units support our Six Early Learning Goals and second language acquisition. Instruction includes ample use of songs, games, stories and discovery games.

Keys Aspects of Our Child Care Program

Research has shown that this delicate developmental stage (preschool) is one when the greatest number of neural connections occurs; therefore, we work with children using a broad Spanish Immersion Program based on both physical and mental stimulation.

Research also shows that the best time to begin the study of a second language is in the earliest years. Our teachers are all native speakers of the Spanish language and our instruction is recognized for its high academic quality. Our South and North Locations are NAEYC* accredited.

We are committed to assuring the children learn to be internationally-minded, well organized, well mannered, obedient, and responsible, and exhibit virtues and attitudes that are meaningful to developing positive personal habits. Such an emphasis on character helps our students grow into mature adults and contribute successfully on a more global level.

This is the stage in life when children develop their personality, character, and values systems. Therefore, we are helping them develop a conscious mind able to distinguish right from wrong.

As a school where the goal is to educate for the transformation of our world, we are proud to be an official International Baccalaureate Authorized school since 2013.

 

*NAEYC accreditation is granted on a program by program basis and a program is not accredited by NAEYC until it has successfully completed the entire accreditation process, including an on-site visit and a subsequent review by NAEYC.