Spanish Workshop for Children Expands Two Programs in Anticipation of Fall 2009 Semester

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When the Fall 2009 semester of Spanish Workshop for Children gets underway on September 14, 2009, students in two of the school's most popular programs will enjoy more time in the classroom. The Spanish Preescolar program - for 3 to 5 year olds - and the Spanish for Toddlers program - for 18 to 36 month olds - have both been expanded in duration and are now open for registration. Each session of the former now runs on a half-day (three-hour) schedule while the latter's sessions will last 50 minutes. Having recently been recognized by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) as the "2009 Best of the Blue Bell" in the Language category, Spanish Workshop for Children's improved programming positions the school to continue its award-winning streak.

When the Fall 2009 semester of Spanish Workshop for Children gets underway on September 14, 2009, students in two of the school's most popular programs will enjoy more time in the classroom. The Spanish Preescolar program - for 3 to 5 year olds - and the Spanish for Toddlers program - for 18 to 36 month olds - have both been expanded in duration and are now open for registration. Each session of the former now runs on a half-day (three-hour) schedule while the latter's sessions will last 50 minutes. Having recently been recognized by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) as the "2009 Best of the Blue Bell" in the Language category, Spanish Workshop for Children's improved programming positions the school to continue its award-winning streak.

A Washington, D.C.-based organization, USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Each year, the association's award program releases a list of "Best of Local Business" honorees. Recipients are chosen on the basis of having achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. To be bestowed with the designation, a local business must enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. This year, Spanish Workshop for Children, headquartered in Blue Bell, Pa., earned the honor in the USCA's Language category.

How did Spanish Workshop for Children land this distinction? Last month, the Associated Press published an article titled "Unraveling how children become bilingual so easily." Therein, it was reported that the "best time to learn a foreign language" is "between birth and age 7." Citing a "Science" journal report, the AP drew the conclusion that "being bilingual seems to make the brain more flexible." In an era when just 15 percent of public elementary schools are teaching foreign languages, Spanish Workshop for Children is filling a gaping void.

Taking great pride in their contribution to such an endeavor, Spanish Workshop for Children's teachers have been participating in several professional development workshops this summer. "Our entire team will be professionally rejuvenated and ready to begin the year with excitement and enthusiasm," says Marcela Summerville, program director. They'll also be giving students more of their undivided attention.

With their increased class duration times, the Spanish Preescolar and Spanish for Toddlers workshops are designed to equip today's young people with the cognitive flexibility and social development learning a foreign language builds. What's more, these interactive Spanish immersion programs build these skills in children at an age when they're most likely to grasp them so they can develop natural fluency.

For more information on Spanish Workshop for Children's Fall 2009 semester, visit the program's Web site at http://spanishworkshopforchildren.com. To learn how your Blue Bell, Rosemont, Cherry Hill or Princeton toddler or preschooler can take advantage of the newly expanded Spanish immersion programs, contact Marcela Summerville at (610) 489-5595.

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