Language Immersion in a Montessori Environment
Purposeful play immersed in language. Developmentally appropriate hands-on materials.
Peacefully building self-awareness and community...
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Castle Island enrolls children ages three through twelve:
Children naturally acquire a second language in much the same way they acquire their first language. By listening and participating in an environment rich in a new language, children assimilate meaning because the new words they hear are in context. A strong social-emotional connection with peers and adults who speak the second language also encourages long-term learning of the new language. This acquisition happens with ease in a Montessori learning environment.
Research on bilingual education shows that children not only develop more vocabulary, but are able to transfer their connection between multiple labels of meaning to other disciplines like math, music, science, etc. Bilingual children are able to comprehend differences in culture and understand that there are many possible paths to resolve a negotiation of meaning, or solutions to a problem. These children grow to become adolescents and adults who are eager to take on challenges given the confidence they have developed as bilinguals.
Research Describing Models and Outcomes of Effective Bilingual Programs:
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.
— Nelson Mandela