Preschool Transitions – What a Difference a Year Makes!
By     |    May 23, 2018
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Preschool Transitions – What a Difference a Year Makes!

It seems like only yesterday that you were dropping your child off for the first day of preschool. There may have been tears shed (from both of you) as this transition from the home setting to a formal school took place. Fast forward eight months and here we are – what a difference a year makes! Let’s take a look at preschool transitions, a typical child’s progress, and what to […]

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The World is Your Classroom!  Learn Spanish Abroad
By     |    May 3, 2018
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The World is Your Classroom! Learn Spanish Abroad

When parents commit to an immersion education for their children, they know they’re opening doors to exciting future opportunities. From the classroom to the world, language immersion opportunities yield big advantages. They enrich lives and increase cultural awareness both in childhood and throughout life. At Spanish Schoolhouse, we love being able to offer immersion programs right here in Texas! Our wonderful staff of native Spanish speakers represents almost every Spanish-speaking […]

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Building Eco-Awareness, One Child at a Time
By     |    Apr 22, 2018
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Building Eco-Awareness, One Child at a Time

April is Earth Month! This is a wonderful opportunity to educate our youngest generation about our planet, how it sustains us, and what we can do to help care for it. At Spanish Schoolhouse, we celebrate La Tierra (Earth) throughout the month, planting seeds of environmental awareness that will help create a more sustainable future for all of us earthlings! Focus on Plants Plant Week is a time we can […]

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Break the “How Was Your Day?” Habit: Tips for Talking to your Preschooler
By     |    Mar 19, 2018
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Break the “How Was Your Day?” Habit: Tips for Talking to your Preschooler

As a parent of a preschooler, you’re already quite an expert in child communication!  You understand your child’s unique ways of saying things and can decipher his or her developing language.    But even the most engaged parents with the chattiest kids can sometimes come up empty-handed when they ask about a child’s time at school.  “How was your day?” or “What did you learn about?” will often generate responses […]

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By     |    Feb 28, 2018
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The Dynamic Duo of Language and Music

There are some things that naturally go together: Batman and Robin, Ben & Jerry’s, Peanut Butter and Jelly. Let’s add another to the list: Language and Music. If you think about it, music itself is a language. Even if there are no words set to a tune you can still grasp what it’s trying to express. It could be a happy song meant to make you smile, a love song […]

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Observation, Assessment, Evaluation – Oh My!
By     |    Feb 14, 2018
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Observation, Assessment, Evaluation – Oh My!

Preschoolers are fun to watch – just ask any new mother, father or proud grandparent! A young child’s awkward attempts to try new things or early efforts at conversation can be captivating. Everyone enjoys observing them. Children are charming, creative, active and emotional. We learn about a child’s development through observing and assessing. The word “assessment” comes from the Latin word meaning “to sit beside and get to know.” It’s […]

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Planting the Seeds: Language Acquisition at Spanish Schoolhouse
By     |    Jan 16, 2018
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Planting the Seeds: Language Acquisition at Spanish Schoolhouse

As our world becomes more and more interconnected, speaking multiple languages takes on a new value. At Spanish Schoolhouse, through our experience with thousands of students, we’ve seen how bilingualism empowers children. They gain proven cognitive and social advantages that give them opportunities for life! This is certainly exciting for parents, but some are hesitant about committing to an immersion preschool environment because they don’t quite know what to expect. […]

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Did you know?/¿Sabías que? – Tamales History and Tasty Traditions
By     |    Nov 30, 2017
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Did you know?/¿Sabías que? – Tamales History and Tasty Traditions

You may know tamales as a traditional Mexican dish of cornmeal and meat fillings.  Tamales are a culinary staple in Mexico – up to 100 million are served there annually – but did you know that the tradition of tamales spans the globe and almost 9000 years of history? A Little History The earliest tamales were likely made by the ancient Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas. Pre-Columbian writings called hieroglyphs depict […]

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Literacy Matters
By     |    Nov 16, 2017
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Literacy Matters

Did you know that preschoolers whose parents sing to them, tell them stories, and read to them tend to develop larger vocabularies, become better readers and perform better in school? Language research shows that these effects are amplified in a multi-lingual environment! Literacy is most often defined as the ability to read and write. But before a child can read and write, he has to be able to listen and […]

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Beyond “Por Favor” and “Gracias” – Manners and the Latin Culture
By     |    Oct 25, 2017
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Beyond “Por Favor” and “Gracias” – Manners and the Latin Culture

In this digital age, where face-to-face contact is minimized by self-service, online ordering, and social media, one might wonder if manners are becoming less relevant. We say no! In fact, at Spanish Schoolhouse, manners are a core part of our identity and program. At Spanish Schoolhouse, teaching manners comes not only from the curriculum but from the earliest memories of our Spanish-speaking teachers and directors! In Latin countries, the concepts […]

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