Spanish Language Track

Children entering the Spanish Language track will receive their education in math, science, language arts, social studies, fine arts, physical education, library and technology in Spanish.

Locations

Our Spanish programs are available in Edison, Livingston, Scotch Plains, and Summit.


Spanish Track Common Questions

  • How do I support my child's immersion experience if I don't speak Spanish?

    If the child comes to the school full-time they will not require reinforcement. However, to enrich your child's experience you could have playdates with the child's classmates, watch Disney films and/or listen to music in Spanish.

  • How long will it take my child to become proficient in the second language?

    Each child learns at a different pace. However, if they come to our program five full days a week it takes approximately 6 months to achieve language proficiency. Our motto is the more they go, the more they know.

  • My child already speaks the target language. Will my child be bored or unchallenged in your class?

    Not at all! Jump! Immersion School assesses your child's Spanish language abilities. Upon evaluation the Jump! Immersion School teacher's utilizes a differentiation approach to challenge all students at all levels.

  • My child does not know Spanish, will he/she be confused and not understand what to do during class?

    Our program is designed for children with all levels of Spanish knowledge. We believe in placing beginning children with children that already have Spanish ability. By doing so, children that are just beginning to learn can follow along by watching the children that do understand Spanish. It also makes the children that do know Spanish feel proud of what they know and encourages them to speak. We have found that this really works to encourage the beginners to learn quickly and encourage the Spanish speakers to improve their Spanish acquisition. By the end of the year, you will never know who began our program not knowing any Spanish. Everyone is speaking in past, present and future tenses. We are here to encourage the love of the Spanish language and will ensure that the children feel comfortable and secure. Learn more about our Spanish programs.

  • Myth: If I don't speak Spanish, how will I be able to teach my child?

    Parents do not have to be native speakers or know Spanish to teach it to their children. There are many venues that can be used to teach children Spanish; bilingual television, songs, bilingual preschool, books, movies, bilingual toys and computer games.

  • What are the advantages of learning a second language?

    Children with bilingual skills outperform similar monolingual children on both verbal and non-verbal tests of intelligence and typically, have higher SAT or standardized test scores. (Department of Education, USA & ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages & Linguistics)

  • What are your teacher qualifications?

    Our Preschool teachers have at least an associate degree with a minimum of 3 years teaching experience in early childhood development. Each teacher is a native speaker.

    Our Pre-Kindergarten through Second grade teachers are required to have an early elementary school education experience and a bachelor's degree in early elementary education or child psychology. Each teacher is a native speaker with a minimum of 3 years teaching experience.

  • What is language immersion education?

    A method of teaching a language by the exclusive use of that language where at least 50% of the instruction time is taught in the second language. At Jump! Immersion School students learn language arts, math, science, social studies in their selected language track and at a certain age we introduce English into the curriculum.

  • When should I expose my child to a second language?

    Between the ages of 0-5 years old, children's brains are prepared for language development.

    "The power to learn language is so great in the young child that it doesn't seem to matter how many languages you throw their way. They can learn as many spoken languages as you allow them to hear systematically and regularly." (Learning Languages, Winter 1996)

  • Will my child be prepared for regular school in all subjects?

    Absolutely! Jump! Immersion School offers education in all the Core subjects such as math, language arts, science, social studies, physical education and fine arts in both Spanish and English once they reach 4 years old. Students are well prepared to enter elementary school once they graduate from our immersion program.

  • Will my child fall behind when they enter primary school?

    On the contrary! Students take courses in English Language Arts and Math on a daily basis once they enter Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. This ensures that they meet the academic expectations required in English; children are able to read, comprehend, write and perform math problems in English. They are fully prepared for and most times exceed the state standards required for elementary school.

  • Will my child feel uncomfortable or lost in class because he/she doesn't speak the language?

    Not at all! Children that attend our program initially know the target language at different levels. Our teachers are equipped to manage each child's Spanish ability. They use differentiated learning techniques that ensures each child's academic needs are being met.

    With the encouragement of the teacher, children that don't speak the target language will follow along with those that do until they begin to absorb the language themselves. The teacher also uses engaging props and materials to enhance learning along with a total physical response approach which allows children to learn the language effectively and efficiently.

  • Will my child's English language and literacy development be affected in a Spanish immersion program?

    Not at all. The skills and concepts learned in the second language, transfer to the native language. In our program learners study school subjects, such as Singapore math, science, language arts and social studies, in the second language. The main purpose of this method is to develop the learners' academic proficiency in their second language in addition to their native language. At a certain age we introduce an English component to the curriculum to ensure each child has a strong English / grammar foundation in addition to their Spanish fluency.



Advantages of Learning Spanish

  • While the Spanish language has very similar sounds to English, some, such as the double r, can be easily mastered at an early age.
  • Children learn how to read in Spanish phonetically connecting consonants and vowels to develop vocabulary. This method of learning assists children with learning how to read in English phonetically as opposed to memorization.
  • Spanish can be the gateway to the study of other Romance languages later in life, including French and Italian.

Children in our Spanish track during the day can also learn Mandarin after school. Learning Spanish and Mandarin together is a powerful tool for this new global generation!


Our Approach to Spanish

Our native speaking teachers have years of teaching experience and have a passion for ensuring each child reaches their fullest potential. Our staff is equipped with the tools to provide a nurturing, high-energy, multi-sensory educational approach in a warm, encouraging environment. While preschoolers think they are "just" molding clay, the accompanying critical thinking and public speaking skills that occur in Spanish have untold benefits. New neural pathways are formed, that allow for flexible, creative thinkers.

The benefits of bilingual (or multi-lingual) education are multi-faceted even now...nothing holds our children back; when Jump! students graduate from our program they effortlessly speak, read and write Spanish and English fluently. In addition, the students meet and many exceed the state standards in all core subjects including math, science, language arts, social studies, technology, library, physical education and the fine arts.

The first step of this journey begins with listening and speaking. As confidence builds, reading and writing are introduced. The school environment actively encourages teachers to call on the authentic stories, songs and rhymes that children grow up hearing in their country of origin, be it Argentina, Colombia, Peru or other points in the Spanish-speaking world. Linguistic backgrounds are left at the door when you enter our classroom. Through a carefully crafted curriculum, activities and work are designed to develop the whole child and to ensure that each child develops at their pace. Regardless of whether Spanish is spoken at home, children will be able to progress through our program confidently and successfully.

We feel that each class is a building block towards a strong academic foundation and your child’s future. Our goal is to have each child reading, writing, problem solving and fluently speaking in both the selected target language and English. We focus on core academic, emotional, physical and cognitive development starting at age 2.5 and continue that progression through second grade. Our graduates leave our programs fully prepared for English speaking programs and usually exceed all educational requirements for their next academic year. Students in our program are well versed in the state academic standards and in most cases exceeding the standards and performing 1 to 3 grade levels ahead of their age group.

Our children leave our program with a strong academic foundation in both their target language and English which gives them the global advantage!