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Dual Language

I wanted to share this with any parents considering the program for their child.

WE LOVE IT! I can speak as both a parent and a developmental psychologist and say that it's absolutely worth it.  
As a developmental psychologist, I can assure you that kids' brains are amazingly suited to learning two languages at once. This is the perfect age to start as it all comes so easily to them. If you have any concerns that learning Spanish will somehow hurt your child's English skills, you can rest easy. This is not the case. The two build on each other.

As a parent, I can speak to my own child's growth in this class. Before starting Kindergarten, she couldn't read in either language and didn't seem very interested in it. Now, as we approach the end of the year, our daughter is reading in BOTH English and Spanish. Also, I took Spanish for several years in college, and she is already better than I am! She loves to correct my accent and has already taught her little brother how to count in Spanish.

When we first started, I was a little worried that the transition to kindergarten PLUS being taught in an entirely different language would be overwhelming, or that she would struggle in other subjects, such as math. While I can't speak for every child, I can say that our transition was totally painless. 

It has been a really exciting year for us. The Spanish addition has been fun and educational for everyone in our family. I really can't recommend this program or the teachers enough. I only wish it were a year-round program!

                              Cristina Reitz-Krueger

My daughter has been in the program at Candler for 3 years, and I couldn't be more proud of her progress. Even in the midst of pandemic education, Lucy has grown as a reader, writer and speaker in both English and Spanish. Candler dual language teachers are experts in student learning, and their classrooms are a place of culture, comfort, and growth.

                               Megan Morgan

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