NOW ENROLLING FOR 2017/18 SCHOOL YEAR
Italian immersion kindergarten is now available in NW Portland. The program is located in Friendly House in the Pearl at 1542 NW 14th Ave. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8:45 AM – 12:45 PM. The program is taught by native teachers.
The program is open to children aged 5 years old on or before September 1st. Early admission is considered on a case-by-case basis to determine readiness.
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Scuola Italiana’s program uses Italian language at least 75% of each school day. About 25% of the time, students and teacher will interact in English. English is necessary to allow students to fully express themselves and to prepare students to assimilate into any first grade program after kindergarten.
The program will use a Background Integrated approach to tie learning activities together. The approach allows children to learn in a context that makes sense to them and has been shown to enhance overall student motivation.
Individual lessons will be introduced using proven Italian teaching methods. For example, art projects may be inspired by the Reggio Emilia, child-led approach, while math lessons will incorporate a range of Montessori-inspired materials specifically designed to improve and foster independence, precision and punctuality as well as to allow students to self-pace learning. Literacy and language exercises will combine Italian methods like the Ferreiro-Teberosky approach, which is based on spontaneous spelling, with the more traditional memorization spelling method. English language learning will include a combination of phonetics and sight and high frequency word memorization. A phonetic approach is also used with the Italian language.
In an increasingly interconnected world economy, bilingual competency is a necessity. Being proficient in a foreign language empowers individuals to operate with a broader, world view. Research shows that students also gain valuable cognitive, academic and employment benefits.
Language immersion programs produce greater levels of language proficiency than traditional foreign language programs. This is because the second language is acquired in meaningful context as students are taught lessons and perform assignments and activities in the second language. The language is not the subject of lessons, but the vehicle in which lessons are delivered.
Recognizing that children develop at different rates through predictable stages, the kindergarten program strives to meet the unique needs of each child. The program is designed to help each child discover and develop his or her full potential intellectually, socially, physically and emotionally.
The major areas of social development addressed within our program are:
The major academic goals of Kindergarten include:
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Studies show that children with proficiency or exposure to a second language at an early age demonstrate superior problem-solving skills and enjoy better school performance. To learn more about the advantages of learning a second language, please visit these websites: