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A Day at SSH – Oh, to Be A Fly on the Wall!

A Day at SSH – Oh, to Be A Fly on the Wall!

It’s been a few weeks since your child started the school year, you’ve finally mastered the morning routine, and drop-offs are going (mostly) smoothly. Now that you have a moment to stop and take a breath, you begin to wonder, “What are they doing in school all day?” Wouldn’t it be nice to be a fly on the wall in the classroom? Let’s take a peek at a typical day […]

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Periquito Azul:  Fun Facts about our Feathered Friend
By     |    Aug 24, 2017
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Periquito Azul: Fun Facts about our Feathered Friend

Periquito in the School Spanish Schoolhouse’s mascot, “Periquito Azul,” is a favorite with all the students! This friendly blue hyacinth macaw has been a part of the SSH family since our very early days, and it all started with a little song.  One of our first teachers played a song about a little blue parrot for her class, and the students loved it so much that other teachers began using […]

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Turning Tears to Smiles – Ways to Ease Separation Anxiety
By     |    Aug 17, 2017
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Turning Tears to Smiles – Ways to Ease Separation Anxiety

It’s finally here, the first week of school!  During the summer, you and your little ones have built excitement about starting preschool.  You may have driven by your school in anticipation, perhaps bought a new lunch box or backpack, and attended Meet the Teacher day.  Despite your efforts to make school sound like a new adventure, you may be faced with a burst of tears and cries of, “Mommy/Daddy, don’t […]

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A Peek Inside Spanish Schoolhouse
By     |    Jul 19, 2017
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A Peek Inside Spanish Schoolhouse

Are you considering a language immersion experience for your preschooler? Or maybe you’ve registered for this fall and can’t wait?! Or perhaps you have a baby and are just exploring what is out there for language preschools? Language immersion is a unique experience and many families ask, “How can you throw my child into a class with a language he/she has never heard before? Won’t he/she be confused?” Of course, […]

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Don’t Let Their Young Brains Take a Vacation!
By     |    Jun 22, 2017
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Don’t Let Their Young Brains Take a Vacation!

Do you feel like summer is a time to relax and take a break from the structure of the school year, yet you don’t want your children’s brains to forget all they have learned? If you are like most parents, you want them to engage their minds while doing something fun, so that it doesn’t feel like “learning!” Summer language activities are a great way to re-activate their imaginations and […]

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Survey Says…..  Parent Feedback makes us better!

Survey Says….. Parent Feedback makes us better!

Every year, we survey currently enrolled families about their opinions of our programs and ways we can improve.  We also survey parents of students who’ve graduated to ask about their transition to elementary school.  We beam with pride when we hear the success stories, and we take very seriously any suggestions for improvement.   Here’s a quick look at the survey results and a few of the changes we have made […]

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Away We Go for Summer Camp Fun!  ¡A Divertirse!
By     |    Apr 27, 2017
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Away We Go for Summer Camp Fun! ¡A Divertirse!

We are getting ready for summer fun, Latin style!  Preschool and Kindergarten academics give way to exciting topics like cowboys, ecology, beaches, and Latin festivals! We’ll dive into each themed camp, learning interesting facts and related vocabulary, all in Spanish, of course!  Take a peek! Your child can fly away to the Amazon and learn about pink dolphins, macaws, and moonflowers in our Treasures of the Rainforest camp, explore gauchos, […]

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The Joys of Sensory Play… or Why Letting Your Child Make a Mess is OK!
By     |    Mar 28, 2017
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The Joys of Sensory Play… or Why Letting Your Child Make a Mess is OK!

At Spanish Schoolhouse our curriculum is rich with sensory learning activities.  Hands-on, messy sensory play is an awesome way for little ones to learn!  Here’s why the clean-up is worth the effort, both at school and at home: Exploring textures, smells, colors, and sounds helps children understand the world around them.  Sensory play develops fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination with activities like pinching, lacing, pouring, and gripping.  These build […]

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Three Steps to Implementing Love and Logic
By     |    Feb 23, 2017
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Three Steps to Implementing Love and Logic

1. Show empathy! As silly as it seems to an adult, the color of a sippy cup can create a crisis for a child.  For that child, the crisis is real, so do not dismiss it.  Have a tender, meaningful, short phrase that you use consistently to change the mood from aggravation to showing empathy:  “That’s too bad,”  “Uh oh,” or “I know” can help your child calm down, feel […]

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Lifetime Advantages of Bilingualism
By     |    Jan 26, 2017
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Lifetime Advantages of Bilingualism

Language immersion programs are popping up all over the U.S., immersing children in Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, and more.  What’s fueling this demand?  A growing body of research shows that bilingualism gives children awesome lifetime benefits, regardless of the language!   Read on for some research results, plus some real-world examples from Spanish Schoolhouse students! It’s a Small World Anyone who has traveled to a foreign country without learning the language […]

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