At Meadowbrook, we begin studying World Languages (French and Spanish) in our Early Childhood Education program and continue through 6th grade. We believe that second language acquisition should begin at the earliest age possible when the young child's speech organs are flexible, the mind is uninhibited and imitation happens readily.
This study is designed to underscore a variety of important lessons:
- To reinforce an understanding of our role in our global society and also the need for tolerance and understanding of others.
- To broaden horizons and open doors to a world of new experiences and opportunities.
- To offer the chance to communicate with people around the world and here in our local community as well as learn about other cultures.
- To develop self-confidence while engaging others in our global community.
The four basic language skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing are learned and developed in world languages with age-appropriate activities. Through conversation, art, games, puppets, songs and some grammar, we strive to instill a love of language and a desire to continue language study. Our International Club studies various cultures from around the world, both ancient and present and gives a glimpse of our global society through presentations at our school assemblies.