Bienvenidos/Welcome to the Family!  A Guide for Spanish Schoolhouse Newcomers
By     |    Aug 9, 2018
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Bienvenidos/Welcome to the Family!  A Guide for Spanish Schoolhouse Newcomers

Each August brings the excitement of new beginnings as children start a new school year!  For many children and parents, this school year may be their first experience with Spanish Schoolhouse or language immersion. We know it’s a time of many changes (a new language, schedule, teachers, friends) and many questions. Here are some that we’re often asked at this time of year, with answers that we hope will help! […]

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Meet the Teacher:  New Beginnings Made Easier!
By     |    Jul 13, 2018
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Meet the Teacher: New Beginnings Made Easier!

Starting a new school, or even starting a new class at the same school, can be a time of excitement and a little trepidation for both preschoolers and their parents! Couple that with immersion in a new language and even the most confident parent/child may feel a bit overwhelmed. Meet the Teacher events provide the perfect opportunity to help smooth the way and make it easier to greet new beginnings […]

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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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The Dynamic Duo of Language and Music
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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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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English Class? At Spanish Schoolhouse? You Bet! Here’s Why!
By     |    Oct 18, 2017
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English Class? At Spanish Schoolhouse? You Bet! Here’s Why!

Yes, we are a Spanish-immersion preschool, but you may not know that some English is taught here as well! In addition to our dual-language Kindergarten, our three and four-year-old classes look forward to a 30-minute visit from a native English-speaking teacher every Monday – Thursday which helps prepare them for elementary school.  This time is rich with learning opportunities – and not just in language arts, but in math, science, […]

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A Day at SSH – Oh, to Be A Fly on the Wall!

A Day at SSH – Oh, to Be A Fly on the Wall!

It’s been a few weeks since your child started the school year, you’ve finally mastered the morning routine, and drop-offs are going (mostly) smoothly. Now that you have a moment to stop and take a breath, you begin to wonder, “What are they doing in school all day?” Wouldn’t it be nice to be a fly on the wall in the classroom? Let’s take a peek at a typical day […]

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Periquito Azul:  Fun Facts about our Feathered Friend
By     |    Aug 24, 2017
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Periquito Azul: Fun Facts about our Feathered Friend

Periquito in the School Spanish Schoolhouse’s mascot, “Periquito Azul,” is a favorite with all the students! This friendly blue hyacinth macaw has been a part of the SSH family since our very early days, and it all started with a little song.  One of our first teachers played a song about a little blue parrot for her class, and the students loved it so much that other teachers began using […]

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