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Some Sioux Falls kids are getting a head-start learning a second language.  EmBe, the former YWCA, has begun a program to teach Spanish to preschoolers.   The idea was discussed more than a year ago, and the EmBe board felt it would be a great idea.

 

Today they held an open house for parents interested in the program.  Children, ages 3 through 5, attend the preschool for eight and a half hours each day, five days a week.  Half of the day is taught in Spanish, and the other half is taught in English.  The kids learn Spanish through songs, games, and problem-solving as a group.

 

It is taught by Pilar Baron, a Sioux Falls resident and Columbia native, whose degrees include psychological studies and children's interactive behavior.  “I put in emotional, I put in self-esteem, I put in culture issues, I put in even the heart into everything I teach.”

 

Karla Johnson, Director of Childcare Services at EmBe, is excited about the amount if interest it has received in just its first year.  “It’s great, when a child is in an environment that is foreign to him, and he or she needs help accomplishing a task, and that really expands their ability to work together to solve a problem, not just in Spanish but in English too.”

The program is available to anyone and everyone.  EmBe Avera South can be contacted at 605-336-3660 and their website is www.EmBe.org.

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