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Lottery Entries Begin January 23, 2023

Deadline – February 15th, 2023

SPANISH IMMERSION PRE-K

BEGINNING FALL 2023

This is a full-day program running from September 2023-June 2024. The program follows the school calendar.

Info Sessions

In Person – January 19, 2023, 7:00 – 8:00 PM @ Foster Elementary School, 55 Downer Ave. Hingham, MA 02043.

Virtual – January 24, 2023, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Via Zoom. Find the Zoom Link HERE.

Hours

8:30 – 2:00 PM, Monday – Friday

Location

Foster Elementary School, 55 Downer Ave. Hingham, MA 02043

Eligibility

Children who live in Hingham and will be four years old by August 31, 2023, are eligible to enroll. 

Registration

Lottery entries will open on January 23, 2023, and close on February 15, 2023.

This program has 20 slots.

Curriculum and Methods

The class will follow a partial immersion model. Students will receive instruction in early literacy in English, while all other instruction will take place in Spanish. This will include the daily morning meeting, other centers, math, science, and social studies. The curriculum will adhere to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Pre-K students.

The curriculum will build upon a monthly theme. Students will engage in arts, literacy, and math activities aligned with the themes. Development of oral language.

Research

Immersion programs are beneficial for students’ cognitive growth, for their English language development, and for their second language development. Ample research has been conducted on the impact of immersion programs for native English speakers. The research consistently shows that students who begin immersion programs as speakers of English only consistently develop higher levels of proficiency in their second language than students in other types of language programs (Campbell, Gray, Rhodes & Snow, 1985; Curtain & Dalhberg, 2010). They develop native-like levels of comprehension, high levels of fluency, and confidence.  

A common question is what is the impact of immersion on the development of English speakers’ literacy development. Based on a wealth of research, students develop higher levels of English language skills and metalinguistic awareness, which positively impacts the development of reading skills (Bournot-Trites & Denizot, 2005). Bilingual children develop advanced problem solving skills, demonstrate greater executive control, and more cognitive flexibility (Bruck, et all, 1975; Bamford & Mizokawa, 1991). English proficiency immersion students are capable of achieving as well as (or better than) non-immersion peers on standardized tests in reading and math (Genesee, 2008). While some research does indicate evidence of a temporary lag in specific English language skills (e.g. spelling and punctuation), this lag disappears quickly and there are no long-term negative repercussions to English language development (Swain & Barik, 1976).  Findings showing the benefits of immersion programs are consistent across a range of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, and across a range of cognitive abilities (Bruck, Tucker, & Jakimik, 1975; Myers, 2009).  

Learning a second language helps students to gain cross-cultural understanding and can result in higher levels of tolerance (Byers-Heinlein, 2013). 

Informational Sessions

There will be two information session in January:

Meeting TypeDateTimeLocation
In PersonJanuary 19, 20237:00 – 8:00 PMFoster Elementary School
VirtualJanuary 24, 20237:00 – 8:00PMVia Zoom
Sample Schedule

Throughout the day, students will have the opportunity for outdoor activities, centers, and purposeful play as they learn and grow. A typical school day might follow this sample schedule: 

8:30-9:00 AM Arrival and Centers
9:00 AM-9:30 AM Morning Meeting
9:30 AM Snack
9:45-10:30 AMLiteracy Centers
10:30-11:00 AMOutdoor play
11:00 AM -12:00 PMMath Centers
12:00-12:30 PMLunch
12:30-1:00 PMQuiet Activities 
1:00-1:30 PMRecess
1:30-2:30 PMScience/Social Studies Centers
The program will focus on nine themes for the year: 
Hello, School!How do we learn and play at school?
Marvelous Me!What makes me special?
Look outside!How are the seasons different?
Taking Care:How do we take care of ourselves and others?
Everyday helpersHow do people in our community help us?
From Farm to TableHow do the foods we eat go from the farm to the table?
On the go!How do we get from here to there?
Animals all aroundHow are animals the same and different?
Earth, Moon, and SkyWhat do we see in the natural world?