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    Welcome to our second year of the Spanish dual language program at Sossaman Early Childhood Development Center.

    Our first day of school is Monday July 23, 2018.  You are probably very nervous and excited for this big event!  Your child may feel the same way, and perhaps a little intimidated! There are going to be many new things for you and your child to experience–- a new teacher, new friends, new school, and a new LANGUAGE in the classroom!Please know that we will be using Spanish from day one. This may be very intimidating for everyone at first, but experts have found that second-language learning is best achieved this way at this age and in these types of full-day language classrooms. The earlier and the more children are exposed to the new language, the better they will acquire it. We will be using Spanish and English--but little by little, less English and more Spanish as the year progresses. Before the program starts, you may want to read your child a few books with a theme about going to school. Books can help provide your child opportunities get in touch with his/her feelings and ask questions about going to a new place and separating from you. Discussing the attached daily schedule with your child will help your child know what to expect as they embark on this new adventure.Just like with the process of learning a first language, oral comprehension skills are developed first, and then the speaking skills come afterwards. Likewise with children in a dual language class--their brains first focus on understanding what they hear people saying. Over time, they will begin to develop the ability to form words to communicate verbally, themselves. Not only will children learn to communicate in Spanish, but the culture within the language will seep into all aspects of learning in a Spanish classroom. As students begin to make connections with their first language, their family experiences, and the world around them, fluency will emerge.

    • Children who are exposed daily to another language early in childhood demonstrate stronger listening skills, a better memory, and earlier cognitive development compared to their counterparts.
    • Research shows that language learning is best achieved while the brain is still developing. And since the most brain development occurs in the first five years of life, this is the prime time for your child to learn another language.
    • Studies show that the younger a child is exposed to a second language, the faster and easier they will learn it, & with better fluency.
    • The young and developing brain gains greater performance benefits as a child learns to decode in another language; aptitude is also increased through second-language learning.
    • People who've become bilingual before the age of 6 have more brain cell activity, faster-working brains, healthier brains, and more longevity for healthy brain functioning throughout life.
    • Studies show that early learners of a second language develop more advanced problem-solving skills and analytical skills than their monolingual peers.
    • Students who study another language perform better academically in all subjects as well as achieve higher scores on standardized tests.
      Resource: http://aps-legacy.materiell.com/cms/lib2/VA01000586/Centricity/Domain/82/Benefits%2