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Every child is born with the capacity of speaking any language, therefore the opportunity of raising our children in a bilingual community is gifting them a new door to the world.
Learning a second language is easier when done at an early age in comparison to learning as an adult. The child develops an unconscious way of learning where he uses his brain the same way he does when developing his native language. It is not impossible to learn another language as an adult, but our brains work harder and differently when doing so.
Maria Montessori spoke about the sensitive periods where the child’s mind is like a sponge. They absorb everything through their senses. The sensitive period for language peaks from birth to 6 years of age. As a result, when a child is exposed to a second language at this age it becomes natural learning, and this is what Maria Montessori referred to as the ‘absorbent mind’.
“Our work is not to teach, but to help the absorbent mind in its work of development. How marvelous it would be if by our help, if by an intelligent treatment of the child, if by understanding the needs of his physical life and by feeding his intellect, we could prolong the period of functioning of the absorbent mind!” ― Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind
At Creo, we offer the children a unique opportunity to develop bilingualism by following a strategy known as ‘one person, one language’. Our native Spanish-speaking assistants communicate with our students fully and exclusively in Spanish. It is amazing to see how young children effortlessly understand and are able to follow directions when given in Spanish. We expose each child to grace and courtesy lessons, songs, books, games, spoken language activities, and so forth that they are delighted to learn.
The moment that the child becomes aware that knowing another language opens many doors and opportunities, his motivation for learning will increase; it will not be necessary to try to convince him to do it because they will develop self-motivation as well as confidence to do so.
“Education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment.” ― Maria Montessori, Education For A New World
Peek inside our Children's House Classrooms
Dear Jackrabbit Families,
Happy Fall! We are excited to begin this beautiful season in Arizona and spend more time in our outdoor environment. Thank you so much to Ginger, Catie’s mom, for helping us start our beautiful garden. The children are excited to begin watering our plants, fruits and vegetables, and see them grow. The children have also picked up right where they left last Spring with their works. We are seeing a lot of growth and many new lessons have been given.
It is hard to believe that just last Fall we were a small group of eight children. Now with twenty-two students in the Jackrabbit community, you can feel a real flow of work and many friendships have been made. On October 24th, we will be having our first social - save the date! You will get the opportunity to share a fun time with other parents and see the children play together. Our amazing room parents are planning a fun night and will be e-mailing you soon.
Thank you for your constant support.
Ms. Marcela and Ms. Claudia
Dear Bobcat Families,
With fall arriving this month the Bobcat room is excited to start spending more time in our outdoor environment. The children have been tending to the garden and watering it each morning. They have spotted some new sprouts in the garden and are very excited!
The children have settled into the new school year and are enjoying working on new lessons, helping out each other, and many friendships have been made. We have welcomed some new faces this month and the older children have loved showing them around the classroom and helping them feel welcome in our classroom.
It was a pleasure getting to know all of you at the family meetings this past month. I look forward to watching our relationships grow as the school year continues. Please always reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have! We will be having our first social on October 18th! Save the date to come enjoy the fun that our room parents are planning.
Ms. Haley, Ms. Leydi, and Ms. Julia
Dear Gray Fox Families,
It’s amazing how quickly September flew by! The children continue bond with each passing week. Thank you for all who attended our Community Meeting on Practical Life. It was great to see so many smiling faces in the audience.
Fall is upon us! We enjoyed learning about various types of apples, apple trees and apple songs/poems this month. The children were able to taste an assortment of apples and discussed the differences between sweet and tart. Enjoy one of our favorite poems (unknown author):
A Little Red Apple 🍎
A little red apple
Hung high up in the tree.
I looked up at it,
And it looked down at me.
“Come down please!”
What do you suppose?
That little red apple
Fell right on my nose!
We have continued to listen to Folk Music during group times and have introduced Classical and Rock and Roll. Our tiny musicians are able to identify style. A few of their most requested songs have been: “I’ve been working on the railroad” by Pete Seeger, “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson, “The marriage of Figaro” by Mozart and “Blackbird” by the Beatles. The children’s love for music is apparent and their singing fills our room with such joy.
It has been wonderful to see our garden turn from brown and barren to green and glorious! We look forward to cooler temperatures for more outdoor experiences in October, including our first Classroom Social on October 25th!
Thank you for your continued trust and support.
Ms. Lauren and Ms. Yadira
Hello Cactus Wren Families,
We have been very busy in the Cactus Wren Classroom. The children begun tending to the garden under the loving hands of Ms. Gigi. The children planted beautiful flowers, vegetables, and herbs. We are all eager for our next planting day. Thank you Ms. Gigi!!!!
Inside the classroom, we are settling into a wonderful routine as we continue our daily Grace and Courtesy lessons. The children love to role play all the various “situations” that may come up in their everyday lives. As I observe the classroom daily, I can see the lessons in action. It is a wonderful sight. We have also been discussing washing hands, how to use a tissue, coughing and sneezing into our shirts all in preparation to help keep the classroom healthy.
Show and Share is off to a great start. All the educational books, beautiful family vacation pictures, art creations, lava rocks, baby teeth, and sea shells have been well received.
Thank you to all who joined us for the last parent meeting. They are always full of great information and a peek into your child’s daily routine.
Enjoy your lovely children,
Ms. Johna and Ms. Eugenia