- Aug 14, 2018 Slipups and Sillies: The Importance of Sharing our Authentic Selves with Children Aug 14, 2018
- Jun 27, 2018 The Suzuki Experience — Teacher Spotlight on Ms. Dorian Lumpkin Jun 27, 2018
- Jun 8, 2018 Hold the Applause: How to Avoid Raising Praise Seekers and Tame the Fear of Failure Jun 8, 2018
- May 7, 2018 Got Temper Tantrums? How to Tame Tantrums Without Breaking the Spirit May 7, 2018
- Apr 9, 2018 Magic of Montessori Demystified: No Rewards, Punishments, or Praise, Oh My! Apr 9, 2018
- Mar 6, 2018 The Magic of Montessori Demystified: The Environment Mar 6, 2018
- Nov 13, 2017 Look for the Ladybugs: The Best Thing About Being a Teacher Nov 13, 2017
- Nov 9, 2017 Fostering Independence & Curiosity in Children Since the ‘70s Nov 9, 2017
- Sep 19, 2017 Determined to Drive: How to Help Teachers Maintain Optimal Learning Conditions at School Sep 19, 2017
- Aug 21, 2017 The Light in Me: Harmony Between Yoga and Montessori Aug 21, 2017
- Aug 1, 2017 A Montessori Manor: How Incorporate a “Montessori-Mindset” at Home Aug 1, 2017
- June 2017
- May 20, 2017 Montessori In The Home: Pre-Primary Edition May 20, 2017
- May 1, 2017 On the Montessori Journey: When One Teaches, Two Learn (Part III) May 1, 2017
- Apr 24, 2017 On the Montessori Journey: When One Teaches, Two Learn (Part II) Apr 24, 2017
- Apr 20, 2017 Montessori in the Home: Toddler Edition Apr 20, 2017
- Apr 17, 2017 On the Montessori Journey: When One Teaches, Two Learn (Part I) Apr 17, 2017
- Mar 20, 2017 What Makes up a Montessori Parent? Mar 20, 2017
- Feb 20, 2017 Montessori: Education for Peace Feb 20, 2017
- Jan 19, 2017 Freedom Within Limits: The Structure of a Montessori Learning Environment Jan 19, 2017
An Extracurricular Activity at the Suzuki School
The Suzuki School has offered Spanish and French instruction since its inception in 1976 in collaboration with outside vendors. Over the years, we expanded the offering to include Chinese, and have also worked with different vendors and approaches to improve outcomes.
After close study of the foreign language program, we decided the program needed to be restructured to introduce new languages earlier and more frequently to our young absorbent minds. We also wanted to bring language instruction in house to better align the teaching with the Montessori system of instruction.
While this resulted in a expansive Foreign Language program throughout the school, it also allowed us to create Suzuki Scholars - an Extracurricular Activity offered once a week starting in PrePrimary for Spanish and Chinese. These classes are an incredible opportunity for your child to experience smaller group instruction in Spanish or Mandarin Chinese!
Spanish Sample Lesson Plan
MANDARIN SAMPLE LESSON PLAN
Dora Prestigiacomo is the Spanish Instructor at the Ponce City Market Campus. She was born in Italy, and moved to Venezuela as a young child. She is fluent in Italian, Spanish and English. Dora has taught Spanish for many years in area preschools. Dora has a Child Development Associate’s credential and attended Midland Technical College where she studied bookkeeping.
Judith Soto is a Spanish Instructor at both the Northside and Buckhead Campuses. Judith grew up in the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Labor Relations from the University of Puerto Rico. She has also completed continuing education courses in Neurolinguistics Programming (NLP), Management Coaching, and Emotional Intelligence. She eagerly embraced homeschooling education for her two daughters from 2011 to 2015.
Mei Lee Wells
Mei Lee Wells was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She was adopted at 11 years old by an American family and moved to San Antonio, Texas. After high school she joined the United States Air Force and traveled the world. She retired in 1999 to take care of her young son and soon after started volunteering with the preschool where her son was attending, first as a choir director and later as a teacher working around the school. In 2008, Mei Lee started teaching Chinese Mandarin and soon was teaching 600 children. Mei Lee now offers Chinese instruction around the Atlanta metro area. She has found that Chinese education should start at infancy, and that it will develop the child’s ear.