Young children are in a special time in their life where learning a second language is natural. Current neurological research indicates that the brain of young children have remarkable plasticity in comparison with the brains of older children and adults. There is a neurological window of opportunity for early learning.
With a goal of fluency in Spanish, at least one adult in each classroom only speaking Spanish, students will be invited learn, communicate and express themselves in Spanish.
In this dual language setting, Montessori principles do not need to be bent or compromised. No traditional direct teaching is necessary: the second language is embodied in the Montessori activity itself. Children are interested in the second language because they actually use it to accomplish goals, which are important to them. The Spanish-speaking adult provides the guidelines of the classroom, to the presentations on project material, from hello and goodbye, to words of comfort in Spanish.
Creo has chosen Spanish as a second language because it is the second most spoken language in the United States as second in the world behind Mandarin and serves as a platform in the romance family of languages to allow children to quickly acquire Italian, Portuguese, and all other Latin-based languages.