COME LEARN ABOUT THE DUAL LANGUAGE OPTION FOR INCOMING KINDERGARTENERS
Next year, the district is beginning a Dual Language program (English/Spanish) that incoming kindergartners may be eligible for. This program is held at Churchill School, but incoming kindergarteners from ALL of our schools may apply. Please come to a parent information meeting hosted by ELL and Bilingual Director Katie McCluskey to learn more. If you know someone who has an incoming kindergartener, please pass this information along to them.
Dual Language kindergarten parent information meeting
Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Churchill School Library Media Center
240 Geneva Rd., Glen Ellyn
Dual Language kindergarten is a type of foreign language immersion program that is highly successful in helping children become truly fluent in a foreign language. This program will start in the 2013-2014 school year in kindergarten (in addition to regular kindergarten), and will "roll up" with these students as they progress through school. This program is only offered at Churchill; there are also some spots available for students whose home school is Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin or Forest Glen. (The program is different than the regular Spanish instruction that will begin in first grade.) In a nutshell, here is what happens in Dual Language kindergarten.
-The class will be half children who have grown up speaking English, and half children who have grown up speaking Spanish.
-Children will spend half their time learning in English, half their time each day learning in Spanish.
-Children will be learning the regular curriculum and will be very well prepared to succeed on all the typical measures of student progress.
-Children will benefit especially in their language development in both English and Spanish.
Parents are strongly encouraged to commit to Dual Language for their child's whole elementary experience. By the time they are ready for Hadley, these children will be well on the way to being able to speak, read, write and understand two languages. Research shows that Dual Language is more effective than traditional foreign language instructional approaches.
For more information, please review the Dual Language FAQs. By attending the parent meeting, you will be fully informing yourself of all your options for kindergarten; attending the meeting is not a commitment to enroll your child.