Are you looking to enroll your child in a bilingual elementary school? There are many to choose from, which can make it tough to decide on one your kid should attend. Here are a few features the bilingual school you end up choosing should offer:
One important feature to look for when choosing a bilingual school for your child to attend is bilingual instruction. Every class your child attends should include the utilization of both languages that they study. This could mean that the audible portion of the class is done in English, while the bookwork is done in Spanish.
It could also mean a blend of both languages in speech and in bookwork. The whole idea is that your child will have an opportunity to speak and read in both languages daily to ensure that they are fluent in those languages by the time they graduate from the school. Without the daily practice of both languages in school, fluency in those languages will be harder for your child to accomplish.
Online Class Options
It is important to make sure that whatever bilingual school you choose for your child to attend offers online class options. If your child falls ill or is exposed to someone at school who has been infected with Covid (or any other illness), they should be able to stay home and access their classes virtually.
In fact, if you choose to keep your child home from school for any reason, online class options should be available at any time throughout the school year. The school may livestream their classes so students can access them in real-time from home, or they may offer special classes just for students who are schooling from home.
Before and After School Programs
Whether your child is attending school in-person or online, the bilingual school you choose for them to attend should offer before and after school programs to take advantage of. The programs should enable socialization and an opportunity to engage in fun activities that immerse your child in the languages that they are studying.
These programs can include art projects, gameplay, acting, storytelling, and book clubs. Find out what kinds of activities will be offered in the before and after school programs so that your child can choose which programs to attend and which to skip based on their preferences and interests. Contact a bilingual school for more information.