Preschoolers Learning with Second Language
by Brian Kirk, Meteorologist/Reporter
July 23, 2013 5:44 PM
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.