Learning about animals is a great way to start a unit on descriptive vocabulary in Spanish. Fourth graders usually fall in love with the boxes of stuffed animals that we pull out of the closet to start our lesson.
The study of World Languages at The Woods Academy
Our world language learning starts early, with our full-day Montessori students learning French or Spanish at age five. Our students take a world language class daily, developing a love for languages and communicating that stays with them for the long term.
There are many benefits to learning a second language, in addition to the ability to interact more effectively in our multinational world. For children, the gains range from improved reading and grades to stronger standardized test scores and increased levels of creativity, empathy, and problem-solving skills.
Here are a few of the reasons, backed with research, for children to learn a second language:
- Students who study a world language for just one year score an average of 38 points higher on the SATs. Four years of a world language can improve scores by more than 100 hundred points.
- People who speak more than one language are much better multitaskers.
- Individuals who know two languages are better able to tolerate differences and find solutions to conflict.
The 4th Grade French students learned about Christmas celebrations from all around the world. They were asked what they usually do during the holiday season, how they prepare for Christmas, and what they do on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Students from the different countries, who are familiar with other customs shared with the class what they do to celebrate Christmas.