In the field of education, we offer specialized educational services through total immersion in Spanish, for children 4* to 12 years of age, (this is an Annual Program for students who are 5 years old and those who will turn 5 by January or February of 2012). We offer morning classes as well as After School Programs from Monday through Friday. In addition, we have a Spanish Immersion Saturday School. During the summer, July to August, we have a Spanish Immersion Summer Camp Monday through Friday and Saturdays, different options and times are available. Please see ‘Schedule and Prices’ for time listings.
ChiCeLaCu offers a complete curriculum from Pre-K to 8th grade, based on the official curriculum of the Department of Public Education and other education styles in Latin America. We take our educational models from the official syllabi of Mexico, Colombia, Chile, and Peru. Furthermore, we compiled the pedagogical experience gained from the Nicaraguan National Literacy Campaign. Our Grammar Program covers Language Arts, spelling, oral expression, handwriting, reading, writing, and literature. Our language Programs highlight a cultural connection between language, grammatical concepts and the arts (graphic arts, dance and music), by fusing composition, language arts and performances.
As part of our Plan of Studies, all of the students have the opportunity to grow in their appreciation and knowledge of the culture and the history of Latin-American countries. We have several expositions and shows during the school year, trying to give our students the opportunity to appreciate handicrafts, graphic arts, maps, clothes, dances, music, and foods of the selected country. In an entertaining and informal way, our students learn Latin American music and dance. The Folkloric Ballet of “Latin American Inheritance” of the Children’s Center for Language & Culture is implemented in January of each year, and there is an official presentation and performance at the end of the school year.
What are the benefits of the program for English speaking children?
Our immersion program caters to children who only speak English, by offering the opportunity to learn a second language, with highly qualified personnel and with an efficient educational strategy. Our objective is that graduates of this program be able to speak, read and write in two languages, taking advantage of the fact that children are better able to retain learning a new language in their adolescence years.
Pedagogical investigation has shown that advantages of learning a second language are more than simply the ability to speak an additional tongue. According to these researches, studying a second language enlarges the intellectual potential, the academic achievements, and improves learning abilities in the native language. Given the growing economic integration between US and Latin America, a substantial knowledge of Spanish better prepares children for their future, may it be in personal and/or professional terms. Participating in the Children's Center Language program is not an expense, it’s an investment in the future of your children.
My child speaks Spanish; how he would be benefited with this program?
Children who are bilingual in our program, will acquire a sense of respect and appreciation toward their own culture, as well as for others, which prepares our youth to contribute to a more competitive, complex, diverse, and democratic society. Spanish speaking children will learn the correct use of grammar from the same curriculum taught in Latin American schools. We will work with your child to better their grammatical skills, their vocabulary and conversational skills.
This program will also allow your child to improve their level of respect and tolerance, having a sense of identity and pride toward their cultural inheritance. Numerous studies document the benefit of learning a second language at an early age; academic investigations have shown that bilingual students perform better than monolingual students. See for instance “The Impact of Second Language Education."
When do the courses begin?
Courses begin in September and end in June, of each year. That is, we offer the same academic calendar as the American public school system, FCPS.
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