Our Bilingual Italian Nursery Program
Mission & Philosophy
Our unique Italian toddler class is a dynamic second language Italian immersion program that will build kindergarten readiness & prepare children for higher learning in a safe, nurturing environment that fosters a positive self-image, cooperation, independence, socialization & fluency of the Italian language.
We offer a two and a half hour Italian immersion class open to children of 3 & 4 years. Our curriculum is a hands-on and thematic program immersing children in the Italian language naturally. Children are engaged in traditional preschool activities that develop fundamental early childhood skills such as socialization,self-confidence, imagination, reasoning, listening, sharing, creativity and motor coordination. An emphasis on skills such as letter and number recognition & the alphabet are enforced through visual aids, repetition & age-appropriate activities. Music, dance, storytelling, circle time, as well as creativity through arts and crafts are conducted in the Italian language in an interactive, nurturing, stimulating playful environment. A unique aspect of our program is our extremely low teacher-student ratio which ensures individualized attention. We have one teacher for 6 students. Teachers are fluent and/native Italian speakers with experience in early childhood education. It is proven & we firmly believe that the early childhood years determine a child’s learning style & potential for success in later years. Little Language and its staff are committed to academic excellence and bilingualism.
The following learning modalities are addressed in our Italian immersion toddler class through a sequential learning model that promotes the Italian language.
Musical Visual-Spatial Linguistic Logical-Mathematical
Infant/Little Toddler Italian Immersion Class (birth- 3yrs)
Musical activities include singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. Infants and toddlers are exposed to the phonetic sounds of the Italian language during the most important stages of early language development.
Toddler Italian Class (Nursery Program) (3 - 4yrs)
A more advanced Italian vocabulary is taught through music, games, and songs with the addition of visual materials, coloring and stories. Children ard engaged through Italian immersion "educational play", utilizing repetition, props, toys, instruments and manipulatives while separating from their parent in a structured table time setting. Italian group dancing and floor games engage the children in a fun environment. Children are able to participate in our annual Italian Spring Music Show.
Children's Italian Immersion Class (5 - 7 yrs)
This playgroup is designed to combine music with auditory/visual learning on a more intense level. Children are motivated to converse in Italian through singing, games, instruments, activities, toys, flash cards and props. Thematic reading, writing and short phrases are introduced as well as key phrases and idiomatic expressions in Italian.
Kids Italian Immersion Class (8 - 12 yrs)
A more advanced playgroup engaging students in reading, writing, singing, and conversational activities and games. Thematic vocabulary, sentence structure and pronunciation is reinforced through visual aids, choral repetition, reading and writing exercises. These students participate in an Italian immersion musical and show case their linguistic abilities through reciting and singing in Italian while performing.
Our Unique Method
Our Italian Playgroup is a full immersion program that focuses on learning the Italian language in a playful environment. Each class is conducted exclusively in Italian in an interactive, nurturing, stimulating playful environment where classes are kept small in order to facilitate the full participation of every child.
Throughout the program, children learn Italian through verbal-visual tactile association, word repetition and the utilization of creative manipulatives such as visual aids, toys, instruments, puppets, rhyming poems and music. Children learn Italian naturally, through immersion and understanding not translating. First they hear, understand, build confidence and finally speak. By focusing on a musical methodology, children will automatically develop Italian comprehension and verbal skills.
Exposure to classic Italian nursery rhymes and traditional songs allow children to pronounce the Italian words and learn the language in a playful enjoyable ambiance. While children are happily engaging in fun activities, they happen to be playing in Italian. Through playing games, singing songs and choral repetition your child will naturally absorb and begin to use their new language effortlessly.
Illustrate, reinforce vocabulary and are very effective. They attract children, convey understanding and transmit vocabulary to memory. Music such as classic Italian songs build language skills in the classroom and at home.
Toys & Manipulatives
Stimulate and motivate the children as well as reinforce vocabulary in an interactive playful atmosphere. Our learning materials are fun, colorful, interactive and child friendly combining music, humor and repetition so that children learn naturally, embrace the Italian language and most importantly retain it.