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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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Turning Tears to Smiles – Ways to Ease Separation Anxiety
By     |    Aug 17, 2017
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Turning Tears to Smiles – Ways to Ease Separation Anxiety

It’s finally here, the first week of school!  During the summer, you and your little ones have built excitement about starting preschool.  You may have driven by your school in anticipation, perhaps bought a new lunch box or backpack, and attended Meet the Teacher day.  Despite your efforts to make school sound like a new adventure, you may be faced with a burst of tears and cries of, “Mommy/Daddy, don’t […]

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A Peek Inside Spanish Schoolhouse

A Peek Inside Spanish Schoolhouse

Are you considering a language immersion experience for your preschooler? Or maybe you’ve registered for this fall and can’t wait?! Or perhaps you have a baby and are just exploring what is out there for language preschools? Language immersion is a unique experience and many families ask, “How can you throw my child into a class with a language he/she has never heard before? Won’t he/she be confused?” Of course, […]

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Survey Says…..  Parent Feedback makes us better!

Survey Says….. Parent Feedback makes us better!

Every year, we survey currently enrolled families about their opinions of our programs and ways we can improve.  We also survey parents of students who’ve graduated to ask about their transition to elementary school.  We beam with pride when we hear the success stories, and we take very seriously any suggestions for improvement.   Here’s a quick look at the survey results and a few of the changes we have made […]

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Away We Go for Summer Camp Fun!  ¡A Divertirse!
By     |    Apr 27, 2017
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Away We Go for Summer Camp Fun! ¡A Divertirse!

We are getting ready for summer fun, Latin style!  Preschool and Kindergarten academics give way to exciting topics like cowboys, ecology, beaches, and Latin festivals! We’ll dive into each themed camp, learning interesting facts and related vocabulary, all in Spanish, of course!  Take a peek! Your child can fly away to the Amazon and learn about pink dolphins, macaws, and moonflowers in our Treasures of the Rainforest camp, explore gauchos, […]

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By     |    Jan 26, 2017
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Lifetime Advantages of Bilingualism

Language immersion programs are popping up all over the U.S., immersing children in Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, and more.  What’s fueling this demand?  A growing body of research shows that bilingualism gives children awesome lifetime benefits, regardless of the language!   Read on for some research results, plus some real-world examples from Spanish Schoolhouse students! It’s a Small World Anyone who has traveled to a foreign country without learning the language […]

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Easier, Happier Handwriting at Spanish Schoolhouse

Easier, Happier Handwriting at Spanish Schoolhouse

Handwriting Without Tears® (HWT) is a fun, multisensory program to help children develop fluent, legible handwriting as an automatic, mastered skill.  The system behind it was created over 30 years ago by an occupational therapist, and it has been used with millions of children throughout the world. Originally, the program was available only for English speakers, but recently, HWT noted the rising importance of bilingual education, and developed a Spanish […]

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