Spanish Schoolhouse New Family Q&A
By     |    Aug 15, 2016
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Spanish Schoolhouse New Family Q&A

A new school year is here, and if you are new to Spanish Schoolhouse and language immersion, you may have a few (or many!) questions about your little one’s upcoming school year. Here are a few frequently asked questions and answers that we hope will help! My child doesn’t speak any Spanish. Won’t he/she be confused? This is perhaps the most common question! Our program is designed for English-speaking children […]

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My Spanish or Your Spanish?
By     |    Jun 23, 2016
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My Spanish or Your Spanish?

“Who wants cake?”  Can you believe there are at least seven ways to say “cake” in Spanish?!  Pastel, torta, queque, ponqué, bizcocho, dulce, tarta all mean the same delicious treat.  It’s not so surprising when you consider the fact that Spanish is the official language in over 20 countries, and there are many dialects! In our classrooms So, which Spanish do we teach?  Officially, the Spanish language is regulated by […]

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Spice Up Your Summer (and keep your kids busy) with Worldly Wednesdays!
By     |    Jun 1, 2016
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Spice Up Your Summer (and keep your kids busy) with Worldly Wednesdays!

Summer break is such an exciting time for kids!  Lots of free time for relaxing, playing, and having fun.  But for some parents, months of unstructured time can be a little daunting!  If you are searching for activities to keep your kids engaged, here’s an idea for you.  A former Spanish Schoolhouse family shared this great plan for keeping kids tuned into the Spanish culture.  You can adapt the program […]

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Con Sabor Latino:  A Latin Music Sampler
By     |    May 17, 2016
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Con Sabor Latino: A Latin Music Sampler

At Spanish Schoolhouse, you hear music every day!  Why is music such an important part of the Latin culture? It expresses the happiness and cultural traditions of the Latin people, and makes you want to dance with its great rhythms! Our End of Year Show is the time when the children share what they have learned about Latin music and culture through dance, song, and cultural presentations. In today’s blog, […]

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Celebrating Children’s Week – Spanish Schoolhouse Style!
By     |    Apr 27, 2016
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Celebrating Children’s Week – Spanish Schoolhouse Style!

Semana del Niño, “Children’s Week,” is one of the most joyous weeks at Spanish Schoolhouse.  This is a time we set aside to celebrate and honor children, specifically the wonderful students of SSH! If you like history, you might want to know the background of this holiday (if not, skip ahead! :)).  In 1959, the United Nations General Assembly issued a Declaration of the Rights of the Child.  This spelled […]

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Cooking with Kids:  Recipes from the Latin World
By     |    Apr 19, 2016
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Cooking with Kids: Recipes from the Latin World

The kitchen is a great learning environment for children and it’s easy to sprinkle in some Latin culture for fun as well!  Cooking teaches real-life math skills as children count out ingredients, compare different sized measuring cups, or notice that three teaspoons equal one tablespoon.  From a scientific angle, kids can observe property changes like solid chocolate becoming liquid when melted, or see how baking powder and yeast make foods […]

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Love and Logic in the SSH Classroom
By     |    Mar 31, 2016
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Love and Logic in the SSH Classroom

  What does it mean that Spanish Schoolhouse uses Love and Logic® as the preferred discipline strategy throughout our school?  You may have heard of this methodology, but not know the theories behind it.  You may have read some Love and Logic books, or even attended a class.  With Love and Logic, the more you know, the more effective the strategy can be.  We love the positive environment that this […]

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Say What?!  Spanish Language Differences that Make You Look Twice!
By     |    Mar 4, 2016
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Say What?! Spanish Language Differences that Make You Look Twice!

When we send Spanish Schoolhouse newsletters, emails, and other communication to parents, we love to include Spanish captions and phrases.  Perhaps you’ve noticed some unusual styles and wondered if our proofreader had taken the day off!  This article will shine a little light on some interesting differences.  ¿Sabías que?  Did you know? Spanish uses the entire English alphabet, but includes a 27th letter – “ñ.” This appears after “n” in the […]

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Blending Art and Culture –How Preschoolers Learn From the Latin Art Expo

Blending Art and Culture –How Preschoolers Learn From the Latin Art Expo

Every February, a burst of creativity, sensory awareness, and cultural pride overtakes Spanish Schoolhouse.  You may ask, “What is this flash of texture, color, and culture?” It’s our annual Latin American Art Expo, and the students are the little artists (¡los pequeños artistas!)! From the youngest to the oldest, each class “adopts” a famous Latin artist and one of his or her works.  During Circle Time, they will learn about their […]

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Little Scientists at Spanish Schoolhouse
By     |    Jan 26, 2016
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Little Scientists at Spanish Schoolhouse

For young children, curiosity is a part of their being. They are constantly questioning how the world works, experimenting, predicting outcomes, observing, and drawing conclusions. In essence, each young child is already a scientist! As educators, we want to capitalize on and encourage that curiosity as much as possible. Our regular daily curriculum includes many pre-science skills, but each year in January we make science extra fun and exciting with […]

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