Language Immersion

At Guidepost Montessori, we believe that language immersion is the best way to offer your child the well-studied “bilingual advantage.” Decades of scientific research show that bilingual children demonstrate enhanced cognitive flexibility. At many of our schools, we take advantage of this by offering foreign language immersion programs.

Fluency in foreign languages opens doors to an entire world for your child, offering opportunities that would have been otherwise unavailable. The bilingual or multilingual child has a deeper understanding of the potential of her own mind, a social and emotional head start, and a stronger foundation in executive functioning skills.

Young children under the age of six absorb more than one language effortlessly and with joy, so we offer full immersion programs for toddlers through kindergarten-aged children.

Young children under the age of six absorb more than one language effortlessly and with joy, so we offer full immersion programs for toddlers through kindergarten-aged children.

The Value of a Second Language

Bilingualism offers a lifetime of benefits.

In an increasingly globalized world, bilingualism opens doors to whole new realms—in cultural experiences, creative and professional opportunities, and in meaningful personal relationships.

Beyond the practical benefits of bilingualism, there is a tremendous amount of evidence from psychology, neuroscience, and education research that fluency in a second language has a significant impact on crucial executive functioning skills. These executive functioning skills are key factors in an individual's ability to succeed in life.

Executive functioning skills help us direct our attention, plan and solve problems, and interpret the words and actions of others. Additionally, bilingual children as young as age 3 have demonstrated a head start on empathy, as well as other fundamental social and emotional skills.

Our immersion classrooms feature lead teachers (“guides”) who are not only Montessori-trained, but also native speakers of the target language. The daily classroom experience is conducted fully in the target language. Our native speaking lead guides give Montessori lessons in the target language, and they conduct daily conversations and classroom management in the target language as well. This constant exposure to native speakers allows children to learn the language with a native accent and natural intonation.

Although the classroom is a full immersion experience, a Montessori-trained native English speaker works with students one-on-one or in small groups to provide English vocabulary lessons as well as lessons for older children who are ready to learn to read and write in English.

Spanish and Mandarin full immersion classrooms are available in our Toddler and Children's House programs, for children from approximately 18 months through 6 years.

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