Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Why learn a world language?

Switching between languages, for instance, engages the brain in executive functioning and strengthens the ability to stay focused.

Kids are showing reading gains in dual-language classrooms. There may be underlying brain advantages at work.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Bozeman's K-5 World Language Initiative offers Peruvian Dance at Morning Star and Irving!!

Here is a bit of information about the great world language and culture class being offered at Morning Star and Irving elementary schools this year!

Peruvian Dance is being taught by Bozeman k-5 World Language Coach, Evelyn Paz.

Below is an email from Evelyn sharing with parents a bit of what they've been learning.

Here is a link to a YouTube video showing the dance:

Hola todos!!

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weekend.  I wanted to let you know your children and I are enjoying Peruvian dance class so much.  We have been learning about Peruvian culture and they are making a book with everything that they learn.They will get to take it home at the end of 8 weeks.  So far I want them to know the following facts:

-Peru is in South America
-They speak Spanish and Quechua in Peru
-The Incas were the native people in Peru
-Spaniards came and conquered Peru
-The Spaniards brought African Slaves
-The dances are a mixture of Inca, Spaniard and African rhythms. 
-The Inca flag was a rainbow
-The Peruvian flag story and what the emblem means (This is this week)
-The dance they will be learning now is Valicha (from cuzco)
-Valicha is a quechua name for a girl.

We've been reading story books, coloring flags, DANCING and watching some dance videos.  My hope is they walk away with this basic knowledge of Peru as we learn the dances. Feel free to ask them about these facts. Have a great Halloween.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

We recently developed this short video to explain our support for k-5 world language enrichment!

This video is being updated and edited. Please check back!