Spanish Language Program

Pebblecreek Montessori School
  • Spanish Language Program

     

    Learning a language is a process that involves the natural development of phonemic awareness, sound discrimination and the development of expressive and receptive language. For this to happen, it should be taught at a very early age, while the channels of the brain are most receptive to language development, preferably at the same time the native language is being taught.

  • Montessori Approach

    At Pebblecreek Montessori, we believe that intelligence is innate. Our goal is to feed a child’s natural curiosity and transform it into passionate intellectual pursuit. We believe in ultimate respect for a child’s natural timing in the development of all areas of their being. A successful Montessori education encourages personal excellence and imagination and instills a true love of learning. Visitors are always impressed with our school’s positive energy and the harmony in which our students work with their peers and guides (teachers).

  • Touch Spanish
    The Spanish immersion program at Pebblecreek complements Spanish instruction in all other classes. Pebblecreek utilizes a hands-on program called Touch Spanish, with a specific sequential order of skills from vocabulary to conversation to grammar structure. Mrs. Wilcox developed Touch Spanish within the Montessori philosophy. The average Spanish anguage program for young children teaches isolated vocabulary. Yet, conversation is the key!
  • Montessori-Certified Guides

    Mrs. Gabriela Wilcox is a lead guide at the primary level (Bluebonnet room) and the coordinator for the Spanish language programs at Pebblecreek. She is bilingual and a native speaker of Spanish.

  • Full Immersion
    The best way to learn a second language is through “total immersion” at a young age. In learning a second language, children increase their attention span, reinforce their listening skills, and improve native language development. Being able to speak a second language opens many doors. Here in Texas, Spanish is very important!
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  • Classroom Studies

    At the toddler level, touch Spanish facilitates conversation using an approach that is entertaining and exciting to capture children’s attention. From the very first lesson in which isolated vocabulary is presented to the child, a series of questions and answers also forms part of each lesson. As the child progresses with the oral aspect of the program, reading skills are introduced, preparing the way for writing.
  • B.O.L.D. Toddlers Program

    Sometimes very small children in a proper environment develop a skill and exactness in their work that can only surprise us.

    — Dr. Maria Montessori
  • Bilingual

    Daily instruction is given in both English and Spanish. Spanish facilitates conversation using an approach that is entertaining and exciting to capture children’s attention. Isolated vocabulary is presented to the child throughout the week until they are ready to progress to a series of questions and answers.

  • Oral

    Sequential presentation of vocabulary through the use of oral language development tubs.
    First in English and then in Spanish:
    Large Objects
    Touch Spanish Vocabulary
    Picture Cards
    Daily Conversation 

  • Language
    The Development of Visual and Auditory Discrimination and the Development of
    Receptive and Expressive Skills
    Sequential Phonemic Awareness
    Development in both languages
    Sequential Sound Discrimination Development in both languages
    Indirect teaching of Expressive and Receptive Language
    Skills through Daily
    Conversation and Social Interaction
  • Development
    Developing the child’s ability to
    understand, express and manipulate both languages
    with ease
    Presentation of Montessori lessons first in English and then in Spanish
    Daily Review and Repetition of vocabulary, simple sentences
    Daily conversation
  • Pebblecreek Montessori's Leading Toddler Program

  • Primary & Full Immersion Spanish

    Early childhood is, in fact, the age in which language is formed and in which the sounds of a foreign language can be perfectly learned.

    — Dr. Maria Montessori
  • Foundational Spanish

    Pebblecreek utilizes a hands-on program called Touch Spanish, with a specific sequential order of skills from vocabulary to conversation to grammar structure. This natural and simple approach continues throughout the primary years. As the child progresses in the development of learning Spanish new and more complex material is added to the program.

  • Bluebonnet Spanish Immersion

    The Bluebonnet classroom is a Spanish immersion program offered exclusively for the primary age group. In this program, there are two Montessori certified guides. One teacher presents the lessons in English and the other will do the same in Spanish.

  • Written Spanish

    Touch Spanish is a Spanish curriculum written within the Montessori philosophy. It offers three different levels: Level One introduces isolated vocabulary followed by conversation. Level Two introduces the necessary skills for reading and level three introduces grammar.

  • Materials & Projects

    When teaching a second language, it is important to integrate projects and extensions into the Montessori environment. This is done by using materials with which the child is already familiar. This material is part of the Touch Spanish series.

  • Primary Benchmarks

    At the primary years (3 to 6) the child will increase his vocabulary and for the first time will start conversation through a series of questions and answers using Level One of the Touch Spanish program.

    He will learn and use short phrases like: “Puedo ir al bano?” (May I go to the bathroom?).  “Necesito un papel.”   (I need a sheet of paper).  “Este es un lapiz rojo” (This is a red pencil). He will then be ready to express simple sentences involving daily needs in their environment.The children will complete projects using the Montessori material found in their classrooms such as the Knobless Cylinders, Metal Insets, Pink Tower, The Planets and more applying conversational skills.

    The children will complete projects using the Montessori material found in their classrooms such as the Knobless Cylinders, Metal Insets, Pink Tower, The Planets and more applying conversational skills.

    They will learn songs and short poems.

  • PCM's Exemplary Primary Full Immersion Spanish Program

  • Elementary I Spanish Program

    Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.

    — Dr. Maria Montessori
  • Expanding Vocabulary

    At this level, the children have mastered an extensive vocabulary and simple conversational skills. Level Two is now introduced guiding them through all the reading skills that will allow them to read without difficulty.

  • Spanish Repetition

    Repetition is the key in the Montessori philosophy. Level One is used parallel to Level Two.  Touch Spanish offers an individualized approach to learning Spanish.

  • Reading in Spanish

    This approach not only develops stronger conversational skills, it leads to writing simple sentences and implements the reading skills. Projects and extensions are used at this level in a more complex form.

  • How Newcomers Do

    The advantage for newcomers without prior Spanish is the individualized approach of the touch Spanish curriculum. This program will meet the children’s needs beginning at Level One, progressing as the child is ready.

  • Lower Elementary Benchmarks

    • They will be able to read implementing their mastered reading skills learned in Level Two.
    • They will be able to spell simple words correctly.
    • They will be able to write short sentences.
    • They will complete projects using the Montessori material in their classrooms such as the cultural materials.
    • They will be able to express themselves orally in simple sentences.
    • They will start doing simple research work on a given topic.
  • Pebblecreek Montessori's Elementary I Spanish Program

  • Elementary II Spanish Program

    “To make it clear whether or not a child has understood, we should see whether he can form a vision of it within the mind, whether he has gone beyond the level of mere understanding.”

    — Dr. Maria Montessori
  • Reading in Spanish

    AT this time in their Spanish education, the child feels very comfortable. He has mastered isolated vocabulary, conversational skills, reading skills and simple writing. He will have read extensive material on many topics and is now ready for more advanced lessons.

  • Level 3 Spanish

    Level Three presents grammar structure. As in all the other levels, this program uses hands on materials in a simple and fun approach. This group is ready to complete extensive research work and write their own conclusions.

  • Upper Elementary Benchmarks

    • grammar structure
    • parts of speech
    • helping verbs
    • conjugation of verbs
    • punctuation
    • simple conversations
    • translate simple stories and research material

      After mastering their writing skills, they will present a power point presentation on a chosen topic.

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