Our History

Me and my Spanish Immersion teaching partner, with whom I first started developing Spanish-language curriculum.

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.

Sincerely,

Sasha

Contact me anytime at bilingualpreschooler@gmail.com

2 thoughts on “Our History

  1. Found your site and really like. I do have a question; we speak Spanish at home what do you suggest that i start teaching my kids with Spanish ( and by that i mean the ABC, numbers, etc) and then English? I like the idea that homeschooling is more flexible in that but it gets me confuse in the educational area, i been told that since we are in the state that i should teach them English and then worry about the Spanish later since we speak at home and everywhere we go unless we need to speak English. Also is hard for me to see how i can work the Montessori in with the bilingual form.
    Thanks for the time and God bless you

    • ¡Bienvenida(o) Fam! Doy las gracias a Dios por ayudarte encontrar mi sitio. Espero que encuentres algo que te sirva. 🙂

      Montessori is simply a “method,” an approach to instruction (teaching). It is based on a certain philosophy of child development. So it can be used with any language, whether you teach your children in Spanish or English. (You could check out some books by Dr. Maria Montessori from your local public library if you want to learn more about the Montessori method than what I’ve described on my website.)

      You ask some great questions about language development. Much research has shown that it is good, important and most effective to teach children to read and write in their native language first. Many bilingual schools follow this recommendation and teach Spanish-speaking children to read and write in Spanish first and then around second grade introduce English literacy. If you are speaking to your children in Spanish at home, I recommend that you teach them to read and write in Spanish first. Literacy SKILLS transfer from one language to another, so any skills you teach in Spanish will transfer to English when your child starts reading/writing in English.
      My situation is a little different from yours because my husband speaks to my children in English and I speak to them in Spanish, but we have chosen to speak to them in both languages in the home and are teaching them to read and write in Spanish first. They will hear English everywhere else! So they have learned their English numbers and ABCs from their environment.
      If your children are hearing English in their environment, hearing you speak with people in English in the community and maybe listen to kids music in English or occasionally kids TV shows in English, they will absorb plenty of the language. The preschool years are the time to solidify your child’s native language.
      I can tell you that if my husband and I, as native English speakers, lived in a Spanish-speaking country, we would speak to our children at home in English and teach them to read in English at home because we know they’d hear Spanish everywhere else.

      There is so much more I could say about this topic (I love to talk about it!) If you have any further questions or would like to know more details of different cases in which I’ve seen children develop their English and Spanish language and literacy, you can email me at bilingualpreschooler[at]gmail[dot]com.

      Gracias por los comentarios y preguntas. ¡Que se diviertan aprendiendo!
      Sasha

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