What are the benefits of acquiring a second language at an early age?

There are numerous benefits. To name a few…

  • When children learn a second language before the developmental window closes, they enhance their own native language skills as well. [1]
  • Younger children will be able to develop a more native-like accent.
  • Young children are less self conscious about speaking a second language.
  • Children enrolled in foreign language programs score statistically higher on standardized tests conducted in English. [2]
  • Communication in a second language requires higher degrees of conscious attention, thus stimulating brain development
  • Bilingualism promotes cognitive flexibility. That means that children who are bilingual ultimately have stronger language skills for their native and second languages (Kayser 1998).
  • Fluency in Spanish gives children and adults the opportunity to communicate with and learn from their neighbors.
  • Bilingual individuals have employment advantages in the US and global job marketplaces.
  • Foreign language learning experience may facilitate and accelerate the language learning processes of additional languages. [3]
Why teach a second language at such an early age?

Research proves that the ability to learn a second language is highest between birth and the age of six. After that window, there is an inevitable decline. Adults may still manage to learn new languages, but typically only after great struggle [4]. During this period [early childhood years] and especially the first three years of life, the foundations for thinking, language, vision, attitudes, aptitudes, and other characteristics are laid down. It would be a waste not to use a child’s natural ability to learn during his or her most vital years, when learning a second language is as easy as learning the first. [5]

Additionally, children enrolled in foreign language programs score statistically higher on standardized tests conducted in English. A number of reports have demonstrated that children who have learned a second language earn higher SAT scores, particularly on the verbal section of the test. [6] The reason stems from the fact that many English words share Latin roots with Spanish and other romance language synonyms. [7]

Why Spanish?

In cities from coast to coast, the use of Spanish is booming, and is proliferating in ways no other language has before in U.S. history — other than English of course [8]. Individuals that speak English and Spanish no doubt have employment advantages in the US and global job marketplaces.

In a city like San Antonio, where the Spanish-speaking population is one of the largest in the nation, fluency in Spanish gives children and adults the opportunity to communicate with and learn from their neighbors.

Will The Pineapple School provide part-time care?

We recognize that different families have different needs. While we can’t offer a custom program for each child, we do offer part time programs for children 12 months and older – three full days per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays or two full days per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

My child doesn’t know any Spanish. How will he survive the first couple of weeks in an all Spanish environment?

Most of our teachers speak both English and Spanish, and will guide children that are new to the program and the Spanish language by offering communication in both languages (Spanish first, then the English translation). We also encourage our children to help their new friends as they adapt. You’ll be surprised how quickly the little ones start to pick up their first Spanish words.

What are your hours of operation?

We are open from 7:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Where is The Pineapple School located?

There are two Pineapple School campuses in San Antonio, both family owned and operated. One campus is located on Huebner Rd. near I-10 and the other is in Stone Oak on Huebner Rd. near Stone Oak Pkwy.

12222 Huebner Rd. San Antonio, Texas 78230
20615 Huebner Rd. San Antonio, Texas 78258

How will my child be prepared for Kindergarten if he/she is learning in Spanish all day, every day?

At The Pineapple School we will teach children the concepts they will need for Kindergarten. Recognizing that concepts and skills learned in one language transfer to the second language, and that exposure to experiences rich in two languages is an advantage for the developing child, we are assured that our students will be more than adequately prepared for Kindergarten. Additionally, we will be sending parents a weekly newsletter outlining all major concepts which were focused on so that parents may reinforce the concepts at home in English.

How long will it take for my child to become fluent in Spanish while attending The Pineapple School?

It is difficult to answer this question because every child is different and every child has a unique way of learning. Regardless of the time it takes your child to learn to speak Spanish fluently, the exposure to the Spanish language and culture that he/she receives at The Pineapple School preps the brain for early and rapid acquisition of Spanish and other languages.

Will my child forget the Spanish learned at The Pineapple School once he/she starts going to elementary school?

Once your child goes to elementary school, we encourage parents to offer opportunities for continued exposure to the Spanish language. However, if your child should start to forget words and phrases, fear not; the learning pathways in the brain are already established and can be easily retrieved later in life.

Where are The Pineapple School teachers from? Where did they learn Spanish?

It is our goal at The Pineapple School to build a dynamic team of teachers that represent several different countries, cultures and walks of life.

How can I add my child to your Waiting List, and how does your Waiting List work?

The fee to add your child to the Waiting List is $25.

When a spot becomes available, it is offered to the first child on the Waiting List.  A Pineapple School representative will contact the child’s primary contact and inform him/her of the opening.  The primary contact will have two business days to decide to enroll the child by paying the Registration Fee of $200 less the $25 Waiting List Fee.  If the primary contact is not able to be reached within two business days or if the Primary Contact declines the spot, the child will be removed from the Waiting List and the primary contact of the next child on the Waiting List will be contacted.

Please note that children may move up or down on the Waiting List. For example, an infant is called from the Waiting List for an opening. The infant has a sibling who is #37 on the Waiting List for preschool. This sibling will be given a “sibling preference,” and will therefore move to the top of the preschool Waiting List (or near the top; there may be other siblings ahead of him/her).

Does The Pineapple School accept CCDS?

At this time, we do not not accept CCDS.