The Bilingual Advantage

Fluency in two languages — English and Mandarin — opens doors to an entire world for your child, offering opportunities that would have been otherwise unavailable. The bilingual 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 Mandarin immersion 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 bilingual classrooms, a feature of all of our programs, are led by teachers (“guides”) who are not only Montessori-trained, but are also both English and Mandarin speakers. The daily classroom experience is conducted in both languages, and this constant exposure to both languages allows children the flexibility to learn each language with a native accent and natural intonation.

Montessori is the perfect educational approach to pair with our bilingual English-Mandarin classrooms. Learning happens through the tactile, hands-on features of our Montessori materials, so your child can explore and learn at any degree of fluency. Meanwhile, vocabulary will build naturally, painlessly, through daily experience.

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