Serving Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers of San Antonio
¡Bienvenidos! The Pineapple School™ is an early learning center that provides Spanish language and cultural immersion for children six weeks to five years of age. As children enter the doors, they are immersed in the Spanish language through play, music, dance, literacy, games and conversation; this encourages bilingualism within an age window during which the ability to learn a second language is at its peak. At The Pineapple School, children are provided age-appropriate activities in an atmosphere reflecting the warmth, charm and color of Latin America.
Early Spanish Language and Culture Immersion
Studies show that after the age of six the ability to learn a second language begins to decline. Adults may still manage to learn new languages, but it becomes far more difficult. Furthermore, language is embedded in culture. For anyone to truly master a second language, he/she must carry the culture within the heart. Krisana and Juan, two of The Pineapple School founders, each learned a second language while living abroad as adults. They were fortunate to experience the benefits of complete cultural and language immersion. However, after experiencing firsthand the struggles of learning language later in life, they truly appreciate the value of early immersion.
Experts in the field say that a balance in bilingual development requires 40-60% exposure to each language. Thus, it is the goal of The Pineapple School to provide full days of complete language and cultural immersion for young children.