As a Spanish Immersion classroom teacher, I could never find the resources I needed.
No online search or educational publisher could provide me and my teammate with the literature, teacher’s guides or lesson plans in Spanish that we desired. In order to provide a rich learning experience every day for our students, we had to create every tool we used for instruction. Every one. This made for a lot of late nights either translating existing English curriculum or developing our own resources from scratch!
When I was pregnant with my first child, I knew I wanted to raise her speaking Spanish. I had a dream that I could raise a bilingual child like those I was seeing move through our Immersion school.
All too quickly, the difficulty I faced as an Immersion teacher affected my life as a mommy as well: there were so few resources available for raising a little Spanish reader and writer in an English-dominant world.
Once my oldest child reached preschool age and I attempted to provide educational experiences through the Spanish language I really felt the void.
What was I going to do? How was I going to achieve my goal of raising a child who could not only speak but also read and write in Spanish if the materials for teaching her these concepts simply did not exist?
Finally I faced facts: I was going to have to make it up.
And so our Bilingual Preschooler curriculum was born. I combined the strength of Immersion education with my favorite parts of Montessori education to create an educational experience for my child that is language-rich, engaging, hands-on and which encourages curiosity and creativity.
I am in love with the way that Montessori develops responsible, peaceful, passionate lifelong learners and I want that for my child just as much as I want her to be bilingual and bi-literate!
I have lived in a few Spanish-speaking countries (Spain and the Dominican Republic) and have traveled to a few more (Guatemala and Costa Rica). Back in the States, I have worked with families and colleagues from Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and Mexico.
In my seven years as an educator, I served as a
- Second Grade Spanish Immersion classroom teacher
- Fifth Grade Bilingual classroom teacher
- Kindergarten – Fifth Grade Gifted and Talented program coordinator
While I am developing my skills as a homeschooler in my current role as a stay-at-home mom, I am also completing a Masters Degree in Curriculum & Teaching with concentrations in Literacy and Dual Language Education.
These personal and professional experiences have given me the knowledge and abilities to create an appropriate and enriching curriculum that children enjoy – and that you can trust.