Who we are
Spanish Immersion Montessori School is a private organization comprised of caring and qualified individuals of native Spanish-speaking ability with a passion for helping children develop a desire to explore, discover and learn the Spanish language, its related cultures, and extended that desire to learn to all good things as they age and grow. Spanish Immersion Montessori School is a private school, founded in the year 2016 . Building a community of learners, sharing strengths, accepting support & communicating ideas without competition. Our mixed age grouping encourages mentoring, and care giving between the older and younger children, fostering independence and empathy, allowing siblings and different age friends to attend to our School and grow together.
We strive to be flexible, creating a loving nurturing “prepared environment” that meets individual needs with warmth, love and security. SIMS was founded to offer our new generation of children a Montessori Education combine with an immersion Spanish program (ABC Spanish In Motion). Our environment reflects our commitment to the well-being of the children in our care.
Montessori’s original observations of children, over a hundred years ago, stand true today. The Montessori Education was founded in 1907 by Dr. Maria Montessori the first woman in Italy to become a physician. She based her educational methods on scientific observation of children’s learning processes. Guided by her discovery that children teach themselves, Dr. Montessori designed a “prepared environment” in which children could freely choose from a number of developmentally appropriate activities. Now, nearly a century after Maria Montessori’s first casa dei bambini (“children’s house”) in Rome, Montessori education is found all over the world, spanning ages from birth to adolescence.
“Education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child”
– Maria Montessori
As well as Maria Montessori we emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children at Spanish Immersion Montessori School will learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning. Montessori classes place children in mixed age groups forming communities in which the older children spontaneously share their knowledge with the younger ones. They grow together as peaceful and loving community.
Why Spanish Immersion Program
The sensitive periods for learning is a magic window of opportunity for language acquisition (birth to 6 years) that exists when children are very young and that exposure to multiple languages at a young age improves a child’s ability to master languages in later years.
We believe that rapid and lasting learning takes place most effectively through multi-sensory stimulation. We create a positive association with the language through puppets, games, poetry and Latin American music and the Montessori materials.
We believe the most effective path to language acquisition is through total immersion not just in the language but in its cultures. For that we employ native Spanish speakers to conduct all the activities in the target language.
We believe that our role as a program is to partner with families to help in the education of the whole child, socially, physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Each student in our program is encouraged to develop a strong sense of his or her own abilities and responsibilities as individuals, and as members of a community.
Our hope and believe is that each child will welcome his or her future with joy, confidence, and a true appreciation of and respect for themselves, and for others.
Montessori in the 21st Century. The American Montessori Society. 2003.
Affiliations / Licensing
American Montessori Society (AMS) “Full Member School”
SIMS has a Leadership Team who oversee the business operations and the School’s commitment to our Mission and Goals.
At the School level, parent led committees contribute time, ideas and manpower in endeavors that range from listening to children read, sending care cards and recycling to fundraising and other projects that contribute to the vitality of the School Community.