Irving Recreation Center
Dual Language Preschool
“Children who know two languages can gain a cognitive, academic, and social edge over monolinguals … [and] learning another language may promote positive cross-cultural attitudes, behaviors, and friendships…” 1
Dual Language Preschool at Irving Recreation Center offers developmentally-appropriate activities for children that allow them to grow by incorporating new experiences into their daily routine. Our thematic content supports language development in both English and Spanish and allows preschoolers of all language backgrounds to have fun while playing and learning kindergarten readiness skills.
Dual Language Experiences in Early Childhood
Our preschool subscribes to early childhood research that indicates that it is never too early to begin learning a second language and that suggests that early language learning exposes children to the diversity of their world and supports an understanding and acceptance of other cultures and forms of expression.1
Researchers have identified building blocks of development that allow children to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. Preschool curriculumat Irving Recreation Center is developed to assist children in building “assets” within the following areas: support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies, and postivie identity.
Play is a FUNdamental aspect of recreation and an important component of the preschool experience at Irving Recreation Center. Experts agree that play promotes social and cognitive development and prepares children for academic learning.3
For more information about Dual Language Preschool or to schedule a visit, please contact Irving Recreation Center at 402-441-7954.
1King, K., & Mackey, A. (2007). The bilingual edge: Why, when, and how to teach your child a second language. New York: HarperCollins
2Search Institute. (2010). Assets in early childhood: Developmental assets for 3- to 5-year olds. Retrieved from http://www.search-institute.org/EarlyChildhoodAssets
3Elkind, D. (2007). Power of play: Learning what comes naturally. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.