BeLingual Kids, Inc. is a non-profit created with one goal: to introduce Spanish at the elementary school level. We are excited to have introduced Spanish classes to Wingate Elementary beginning this 2016-17 school year. After sending out a survey in November 2015 to all Wingate families, we received an overwhelming response: over 90% supported Spanish instruction for their kids! With the school's blessing, we formed a board of incredible parents and community members to help build this program. Wingate's principal worked up a schedule to fit Spanish class into the rotation of "specials," so that every child has Spanish once per week during the normal school day. We hired a wonderful, qualified Spanish teacher, and are creating a classroom full of Spanish-language materials and curriculum aimed at our young kids, with a focus on vocabulary and conversation. We will also create materials to send home with kids as they learn, so that families can learn alongside them.
We are excited about the program and grateful to have such strong support at our school. To keep this program going now and in the future, we are continually raising funds, and are optimistic that through parents, the community, and grants, we will be able to support this class for years to come.
Wingate Elementary now offers incredible educational opportunities with continued strength in the core subjects, but also a program for music, P.E., art, technology, and now Spanish. We are lucky to have such a great community.
Thanks to fundraising efforts, the approximate cost for 2017-18 is only $40 per child for a year's worth of Spanish class! We hope you consider Sponsoring a child today.
Kids today will compete for jobs with children from every nation, and we believe that knowing another language will be a big boost for each child in their adult lives. Studies also show that kids pick up language more easily at a young age, and those that have an ear for language will likely move on to learning multiple languages as they mature.
Did you know?
Nationally, 23% of elementary school students speak Spanish as their first language. In 2012, Colorado had 32% Spanish-speaking students. By 2060 that number is expected to double. It is our goal that all kids embrace the culture and heritage of their fellow students, and together create a program that gives English-speaking students the same attention and focus we provide Spanish-speakers in developing their language skills.
Language is best learned at an early age. Exposing our kids to Spanish through singing, playing and games can help create a strong foundation for them to grow. Read more.
It is never to early to begin speaking a second language. It teaches our kids that there is more beyond their communities, opens their eyes to other cultures, and creates appreciation of other students' heritage. Read more...
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