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SPANISH IMMERSION - MONTESSORI - NATURE - COMMUNITY - DIVERSITY
The purpose of La Tribu is to provide child care in an environment that encourages all children to develop to their fullest potential. We provide high quality early education based on a Montessori inspired curriculum, a Spanish Immersion program based on cultural exploration and a focus on interacting with the nature and taking care of our environment. We are open between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, from September trough May (except noted Holidays). Our Program Changes in the summer for the Summer Camp and the school is closed up to 4 weeks during the summer. Our facility is licensed to serve 34 children 18 mo - 6yo.
Salon Azul 18mo - 3yo - Young Children Community
Our salon azul has been curated by Margarita Ruiz, from Austin Montessori School
Salon Verde 3yo - 6yo - Children’s House
Our Salon Verde has been curated by Patti Filak, from The Montessori Center.
The center is divided into a toddler classroom ages 18 months to 3 years old and a Primary Classroom 3 - 6yo. We have a stellar playground, and large shaded back porch for after school and extracurricular activities as GARDENING, YOGA, VISUAL ARTS, SOCCER, MUSIC, DANCE and COOKING in Spanish.
For immersion purposes and to get the full benefits of the Montessori curriculum, we recommend enrolling on a full time basis. However, you may also choose to do four times a week. We will make our best effort to accommodate the scheduling needs of our families.
ENGLISH READINESS PROGRAM
La Tribu provides its Children’s House Students with an English Language Readiness Program (ELR). The goal of the English language 1st grade and Kinder readiness program will be to prepare children in their 3rd year of the Montessori primary classroom to be bi-literate in both Spanish and English, in order to prepare them for entry into either a Dual Language, Bilingual, Spanish Immersion or English only school program in 1st grade.
If children are entering a Dual Language school program where Spanish is the primary language for reading instruction, this preparation will bolster their English literacy. If they are entering an English only program, this will prepare them, as well. The program will track alongside the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards for the Kindergarten year or supersede it. We do small group lessons and some individual lessons on phonetics, identifying and blending syllables, identifying “sight words” and spelling patterns and rules, and grammar.
ERP Lead Guide
Our very good friend, ex Tribu parent, former School Director and Montessori Guide, Nora Deveny-Valiela, is in charge of this program. Nora is an American Montessori Society certified guide for lower elementary. She has several years of experience with the 1st through 3rd grade age groups, and several years of Montessori primary teaching experience. She has used a variety of spelling programs that supplement traditional Montessori materials, as well. Nora has a passion for guiding children in the process of learning to read and write.
We couldn't think of a better person for this role. Being bilingual and multicultural herself, Nora incarnates the perfect role model for students aspiring to be bilingual. As a founding member of our school, Nora is deeply aware of La Tribu culture, vision and mission. Her calm and caring presence and her ability to engage students recreates a great environment for this type learning experience. For questions and details about this program please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUILDING COMMUNITY: PARENTS ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
Community garden days, parent education classes, a Book Club, a PTA, are some of the ways that we bring our “Tribu” together.
La Tribu is proud to be the first and only Montessori Spanish Immersion preschool in Austin. As part of our mission, we want to provide tools and resources to educate and strengthen our community. This is why we created our Parent Enrichment Program (PEP), an only for parents space designed to learn and share important information about the main topics we work with at school: positive discipline, language acquisition, potty training, Montessori philosophy, and so forth.
The first edition of our PEP was on POSITIVE DISCIPLINE with Sandy Blackard, founder of Language of Listening. Sandy is a parenting coach and award-winning author. Her publications include SAY WHAT YOU SEE® for Parents and Teachers and a professional guidebook for play therapists, ChildParent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Treatment Manual, co-written with Dr. Sue Bratton, Dr. Theresa Kellam, and her mentor, Dr. Garry Landreth. The session was an eye-opening introduction to her method, to gain insights and simple tools parents can use to change challenging moments with their children into rewarding ones.
On our second PEP edition we invited Donna Bryant Goertz to talk about "How Montessori can support your parenting: In the Community and at Home". Confident about the importance of having a consistent approach with children and creating a strong partnership between the school and home, we designed this session for all the parents to discover the benefits the MONTESSORI METHOD has to offer from the first years of life. Montessori pedagogy is not only a respectful parenting tool but is also a life philosophy. Donna Bryant Goertz is an eminence in the field, not only because she directs Austin's most prestigious Montessori school, which she herself founded almost 50 years ago, but also because she raised her own 5 children "the Montessori way". Coming into one of her classrooms is like entering a temple of peace and harmony, where each child is quietly focused on their work, and the spark of curiosity shines bright.
Stay tuned for more information about following PEP sessions
The benefits of raising bilingual kids: The Critical Period Hypothesis
The fact that language learning involves both types of functions of the brain: the one of the left hemisphere (analytical / logical functions) and the one of the right hemisphere (emotional / social functions) while lateralization develops gradually with age has lead to the critical period hypothesis.
According to this theory, children learn languages more easily because the plasticity of their developing brains lets them use both hemispheres in language acquisition, while in most adults language is lateralized to one hemisphere, usually the left. If this is true, learning a language in childhood may give you a more holistic grasp of its social and emotional contexts.
But regardless of when you acquired additional languages, being multilingual gives your brain remarkable advantages. Some of them are even visible, such as a higher density of the grey matter that contains most of your brain’s neurons and synapses. The workout a bilingual brain receives during its life can also help delay the onset of diseases such as alzheimer and dementia.
The idea of major cognitive benefits to bilingualism seem intuitive now, but it would have surprise earlier experts. Before 1960, bilingualism was considered a handicap, that slowed a child development by forcing them to expend too much energy distinguishing between languages. A view based on flawed studies. And while a more recent study did show that reaction time and errors increase for some bilingual students in cross language test, it also showed that the effort and attention needed to switch between languages triggered more activity in, and potentially strengthened, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. This is the part of the brain that plays a large role in executive function, problem solving, switching between tasks, and focusing while filtering out relevant information. So while bilingualism may not necessarily make you smarter, it does make your brain more healthy, complex and actively engaged.
ALSO A PART OF OUR TRIBU
La Tribu is a proud member of the Golestan Colab, a non-profit organization that is supporting us in creating ideal learning environments for our children by offering consultancy and resources in the following areas: 1) the integration and application of hands-on and experiential learning practices and approaches 2) language immersion and cultural education. Learn more about them
La Tribu works closely with Mi Casa es Tu Casa music program, lead by local Mompreneur, Laura Bruce. Laura's music classes are a Spanish immersion program that is rich in multiculturalism and also encourages children to build a sense of unity and respect with their peers and their surroundings all through key age-appropriate movements, songs and rhythms that facilitate basic music competence and development.