The Language Tree is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, multi-language immersion preschool, offering both French and Spanish. Our Preschool provides a warm, safe and academically-challenging learning environment where children ages 2-6 can discover the magic of a second language and develop their love of learning. We develop the whole child by focusing on each child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. The school works by utilizing half-day language classes and then moving the children into enrichment class during the other half of the day. Upon graduation from our program, our students can continue their language journey with our weekly after school Graduate Class until age 10.
Using low ratios and native-speaking lead teachers, language is central to the learning process, and students develop their vocabulary through experiences with real-life objects and people. Both teachers and students speak French or Spanish throughout the day, resulting in students who speak with accuracy and fluency. Language learning is taught specifically as part of academic lessons and through storytelling, visual aids, repetition, singing, and playtime. Young children’s minds are like sponges absorbing language. Inside of a few days’ time, they understand and react to French or Spanish terms. Inside of a few weeks, they are comfortable speaking and repeating. From this point on, given continued exposure, their language abilities grow exponentially.
In a language immersion program, all activities are conducted in a second language including lessons, games, reading, songs, art, transitions, and meal times. Children are encouraged to use French or Spanish vocabulary in all of their activities throughout the day and the teachers help them find the right words and sentences to communicate their needs. At The Language Tree, English is used to initially introduce the second language and is quickly used less and less as the children gain understanding. You will be amazed at how quickly your young child can understand and speak a second language through our language immersion program.
Early childhood is when the brain is most flexible. Learning a foreign language at a young age helps build stronger neural connections between right and left sides of the brain which results in better memory. Bilingual children excel at problem-solving, planning, critical thinking, and concentration.
The mental stretch students receive in an immersion classroom helps develop their executive function (cognitive control), allowing them to have better focus, juggle multiple tasks, and adapt to changing conditions. Bilingual children are able to listen with greater clarity which enables them to learn better and makes it easier to understand questions and answers
Research shows that the flexibility bilingual students show in switching between languages increases their creativity and problem-solving skills which, in turn, enhances their math skills. Because they are more creative and more flexible thinkers, when presented with a problem, they are able to look for more than one solution.
Students who learn in an immersion environment will significantly improve the grammar, speaking and reading skills of their first language. They also have an enhanced vocabulary and will be able to speak easily in the language they choose.
Children are always discovering new things, and for children learning a second language it comes to them more naturally and tends to be fun as they learn through play. These accomplishments increase their confidence.
Learning a second language at an early age helps young learners develop better social skills and a better understanding of other cultures and values. It helps children accept the differences between different cultures as something positive and normal.