Why Consider an Immersion Program for Your Child?
Parents want their children academically prepared with the 21st-century skill set to compete and succeed in a global marketplace. PVSchools provides students with the pathway to achieve this goal, starting with our Mandarin Language Immersion Program at Whispering Wind Academy.
Learn more about the benefits of learning a second language at the Mandarin Information Night on Tuesday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the Library (get directions to Whispering Wind). During the event, there will be a short presentation, a Mandarin demonstration with a teacher, and a question and answer session with a parent panel. Don't forget to register if you're planning to attend.
The Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language
Research shows that the best time for a child to learn a second language is from birth to 12 years old, while a child’s brain is still developing language skills.
Long-term benefits for a child to learn a second language include performing better than monolingual students on tasks that involve divergent thinking, pattern recognition, and problem-solving.
A Snapshot of the Mandarin Immersion Program
From the moment students step into one of the Mandarin Immersion classrooms, they are fully immersed in the language and Chinese culture.
The school day is structured so that students spend 50 percent of the day learning subjects in English, and the other half of the instructional day learning subjects in Mandarin.
Students in kindergarten-4th grade are taught Math and Science, with a heavy emphasis on literacy in Mandarin. Reading, Writing, and Social Studies are taught in English.
Starting in 5th grade, students learn Science and Social Studies with an emphasis on literacy in Mandarin, and Math will be taught in English.
What Parents Have to Say About the Mandarin Immersion Program
"My daughter loves this program! She is engaged in her learning and is excited to go to school every day. Her teachers are dedicated professionals who have fostered her academic growth in all subject areas. We are so fortunate to have this high-quality program available to us in our neighborhood school!" – Nancy Spencer, mother of a 2nd grader.
“I feel that having our children in a Mandarin immersion program is helping them to be better prepared to compete in the global economy. I have loved watching my daughter’s competency in speaking and understanding Mandarin grow year after year and feel it will be a huge advantage to learn a second language at such a young age.” – Sean Herd, parent of a 2nd grader and 5th grader.
Whispering Wind Academy Mandarin Students Continue to Make Academic Strides
Research shows that students who attend a dual language immersion program tend to achieve higher test scores than students who attend a traditional learning environment.
Experiential Extracurricular Activities Expand Cultural Awareness
A well-rounded dual language immersion program includes strengthening and enhancing the curriculum that is taught in the classroom with experiential extracurricular activities for students to engage and learn more about the culture.
The Advantages of Learning a Second Language at an Early Age
According to the Linguistic Society of America, there are more than 6,900 distinct languages in the world. Mandarin Chinese is the most spoken language in the world.
Why Learn Mandarin – Top 5 Reasons
Learning a foreign language such as Mandarin at a young age has many benefits. Children who learn a second or even third language are academically prepared with the 21st century skill set to compete and succeed in a global marketplace.