Growing in Understanding
We offer a unique Spanish Immersion Program at the Locust Grove Campus beginning in Kindergarten. The goal of our program is for English-speaking students to become proficient in reading, writing and speaking in the Spanish language.
Spanish Immersion students will meet all academic standards of Lancaster Mennonite School while becoming proficient in the Spanish language and developing cultural understanding. This program will prepare students to be lifelong learners who are transformed through Christ to change our world.
As a missional center for the church, our vision includes the belief that learning another language and culture is crucial to being a missional church both locally and globally. Through language and culture we are able to join God at work bringing healing and hope to the world that God loves.
Immersion programs are the fastest growing and most effective type of world language instruction currently available. The goal of language immersion is for students to become proficient in another language while developing increased cultural awareness.
Students develop proficiency in another language by using it to learn content rather than by only studying the language itself.
What does it offer?
What about English?
Reading instruction in English is to be done in the home. There will be no direct English literacy instruction in K-2nd. Parents should recognize that there may be an initial delay in acquiring English literacy. Also, parents need to understand that they are responsible for developing their child’s English literacy through direct practice at home by reading to their child and having their child read to them. By fifth grade most immersion students perform as well as — or better — than their English-only peers. It is important for parents to expect and accept a short-term lag in order to achieve the long-term benefit of dual literacy.
Families are asked to make a long-term commitment to the Spanish Immersion Program. A long-term commitment is necessary for the child to experience the full benefits of the program. Also, like all parents, parents of children in the Spanish Immersion Program must provide experiences that help their child develop English language skills, including reading to their children in English and having their children read to them in English.
Benefits of Spanish Immersion
- Builds empathy and social skills
- Strengthens brain connections and problem solving
- Increases understanding of other cultures
- Develops cross-cultural skills and global perspectives
- Broadens career opportunities
- Enables conversation with 80% of the world (as English AND Spanish speakers)
People who learn a second language from a young age have better problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, as well as more perseverance and follow through because their frontal lobe is constantly being put to work.
Expectations for Parents
Be informed about the immersion program
- Promote language learning in your child
Read daily in English with your child
Ensure your child attends school regularly
Provide experiences to enrich Spanish skills and culture
Register for Spanish Immersion
Parents who are interested in enrolling their children should complete a Commitment Form to reserve a place in the program. Enrollment will not be considered complete until the school’s regular application form is completed, submitted and accepted, along with a $100 registration fee.