Language Development

Ages 2 – 3

At this stage, youngsters use their senses and motor skills to understand the world around them. We regularly send our messages by modeling and speaking clearly in full sentences. Our young students love to imitate teachers and call objects by name, put words together, sing and respond to music. We use every opportunity during the day and through our activities to encourage children to use their senses and help them to express their feelings and imagination as they develop language through play and social interaction while having a bonding and close relationship with their teachers and friends.

Ages 4 – 7

This is the time when imagination takes flight and language becomes a significant means of self-expression and influence from others. This age group of children understands and coordinates multiple points of view because they assimilate things. During these years children are better able to understand the differences between languages, perception, emotion, and facts. Although they do not necessarily focus on what teachers introduce on a particular day, they retain what they hear. Not only do they see the main theme for the day but they also recall the past and speak spontaneously. They participate easily and are interested in trying new activities introduced to them.

Ages 8 – 12

This age group of children understands and applies logical operations, or principals, to interpret experiences objectively and rationally. They have the ability to learn and logically understand the basic concepts and themes. Because of their cognitive development, we teach this age group of students more abstract concepts. We emphasize not only verbal skills, but also age-appropriate grammar. They learn to put sentences together and recognize singular and plural nouns, and respond to questions with a given number of verbs in different tenses according to their skill level. There are many opportunities for conversation in Spanish during the fun games, articles, science experiments, and arts and crafts which help students increase their interest in language, verbal skills and vocabulary.