Kids Into Speaking Spanish Kiss:
Kids Into Speaking Spanish (KISS) is a total Spanish immersion program for preschool and kindergarten age children (from 2 to 6 years), with two locations in the East Bay region of San Francisco Bay Area: Walnut Creek (East of Oakland in Contra Costa County) and Montclair, Oakland, CA. The schools are a safe and exciting place for children to grow and learn. We provide a wonderful program designed to prepare your child for academic success. About 95% of the activities are conducted in Spanish. The core of our curriculum consists of activities and participation in cultural experiences such as singing, dancing, art projects, cooking, and games - all done entirely in Spanish.
- Preschool Program:
We accept children 2 years to 4 years for our preschool program.
- Kindergarten Program:
We have a developmental kindergarten program and accept children 5 and 6 years old.
- After School Program:
We accept children from 1st through to 3rd grade.
- Unlimited Day Care Program:
This program is for working parents and offers unlimited day care from 7am to 6pm.
* In our Montclair school, we are offering a month's tuition for free to a new 4 year old that enrolls.
The KISS Program is based on the belief that total immersion is the best way for your children to develop a long-lasting foundation in the Spanish language. In a total immersion program, children spend part of the day learning a second language, and all of their subjects are taught in that language. In most cases, learning a second language through an immersion program enhances a child’s abilities in other subjects as well. Children will actually have a better grasp of their own language by learning the structure of another language. It has been shown that children who are learning a foreign language score higher on standardized tests in English.
Getting a child started in a second language program at an early age helps establish a higher level of fluency. Research studies say that children who learn a language before adolescence are more likely to develop a native-like level of pronunciation. There is also evidence that young children use the right hemisphere of their brain for language learning but less so in later years. The right hemisphere learns a language from a variety of sources—acoustic input, tactile input, emotional input, and experiential input. Thus, total immersion programs, where children actually experience a language in a meaningful, real-life context, are extremely effective.
The benefits of learning languages in a total immersion program at an early age are many:
• Research has shown that the window of opportunity for easy language acquisition is between infancy and the age of 10. A young brain forms neural connections with each new language it learns.
• Preschool children naturally have a high level of curiosity and are much more receptive to learning about other cultures.
• Learning another language improves communication skills in one’s own language.
• Children will develop a greater degree of creativity and heightened self-confidence.
• Longer term, children will perform better in all of their academic subjects, increase their scores on standardized tests such as the SATs, and broaden their career opportunities.
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