HudsonWay Immersion School is an independent day school for children ages 2-Grade 8 whose mission is to develop global citizens with exemplary character, multicultural perspective and linguistic abilities. We do this through a very effective language immersion environment in Mandarin or Spanish – two of the most widely spoken languages in the world.
This Thanksgiving students at HudsonWay Immersion School (HWIS) navigated multiple cultures expressing what they are thankful for in Mandarin or Spanish in the context of a traditional American holiday. Preschool students learned the vocabulary associated with Thanksgiving and made crafts –learned entirely in Mandarin or Spanish. They even role played cooking and eating a meal together as a class! In English language arts, our 2nd grade elementary students read the book “Turkey in Disguise” which set the scene for a creative writing activity in which students had to write a story disguising a turkey as another object to avoid being eaten on Thanksgiving. Finally, our older students also wrote stories in Mandarin or Spanish reflecting on what they are thankful for this holiday. This focus on values and gratitude is part of the school’s focus on character development.
As parents look to find a way to give their children an edge in today’s competitive world, many are turning to the benefits of bilingual or immersion education – better attention, empathy, reading skills, engagement, openness to diversity and delay of dementia – not to mention the ability to speak another language! This NPR article outlines these benefits.
Celebrating a 15-year track record of commitment to immersion, HudsonWay Immersion School recently moved to a newly renovated facility inStirling featuring an indoor gym, private playground, library, music, art and science space rooms.