Frequently Asked Questions
How can I support my child at home if I don't speak Spanish?
This does NOT mean you need to teach your child to read but simply that you are exposing them to English books and modeling fluent English reading.
Your child will often mirror your attitude, so you can model for them how exciting it is to be able to learn a second language.
Even if you don’t understand what they are reading, it’s good practice for them!
Many teachers will send an English copy of the homework instructions or will explain homework assignments in their parent letter. So even though your child may be completing their homework in Spanish, you can help make sure they understand the assignment and are completing the requirements. As students get older, more of their homework will be in English.
What should I expect from my child?
Students understand that language is used for communication and will naturally use it in appropriate contexts but will likely not feel comfortable “performing” for family members and others. This, of course, depends on the personality of your child. Some children do enjoy showing off their Spanish!
At school, students are learning the concepts in Spanish. Understanding the concept is a different skill than being able to explain it in English.
Students in our program learn language by being immersed in it, not by translating from English to Spanish, so they may not know the equivalent of each word in Spanish and English.