BLOOMINGTON CENTER FOR GLOBAL CHILDREN

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Language

Language

At Bloomington Center for Global Children, we offer immersion-based foreign language classrooms. Our infant and toddlers classrooms follow a full-immersion model. All teachers speak primarily in fluent Spanish to the children they care for.

In our Pre K classroom, we follow a dual-language model in which certain teachers speak Spanish to the children, and others speak English. We believe the most effective way of teaching a foreign language is by immersing children in the language while they learn and do other things.

Studies have shown that children who have had exposure to a foreign language from a young age demonstrate better problem-solving skills, more advanced reading skills and a greater grasp of their first language. They exhibit more confidence, a larger view of the world and greater flexibility in thinking. Up to a certain age, children simply absorb language without having to be taught it. Research has demonstrated that the younger they start learning a foreign language, the easier it is, and the more likely they are to master a native accent. Immersing them in a foreign language environment lays the groundwork for fluency.

Nature

Toddlers playing outside

Direct access to nature offers a multitude of possibilities to learn about the world around us. Science is an important focus of our curriculum. Our playgrounds are natural playscapes, serving as outdoor classrooms providing endless opportunities for hands-on science and math learning.

Studies showing the benefits of children playing in nature are numerous.  We have seen time and time again that when children play outside, they have fewer social conflicts, display greater cooperation and are generally happier. They have more opportunities for gross motor play and activity, leading to healthier bodies. It has been shown that children who play regularly in natural environments show more advanced motor fitness, including coordination, balance and agility, and they are sick less often (Grahn, et al. 1997, Fjortoft & Sageie 2001).

Our children have their own gardens to plan, plant, tend and harvest. This further strengthens their connections with nature. Importantly, it helps them understand where our food comes from, and is a cornerstone of our focus to help children learn healthy eating habits. The garden also plays a paramount role in teaching children about sustainability and taking care of the environment.

Social Learning

Toddlers interacting

We recognize that social learning is as important as academic learning during the preschool and nursery years. We teach tolerance and appreciation for the similarities and differences of others. We emphasize the virtues of respect, collaboration, self-regulation, communication and happiness.

We proudly follow the MindUP program. MindUP directly affects student learning, attitudes and behaviors by imparting knowledge of how the brain works and through the acquisition of social and emotional skills and strategies and enhanced self-awareness. MindUP is anchored in current research in cognitive neuroscience, evidence-based classroom pedagogy, best-practices mindful education, precepts of social and emotional learning (SEL) and guiding principles of positive psychology. MindUP is a family of social, emotional and attentional self-regulatory strategies and skills developed for cultivating well-being and emotional balance.

To learn more about this curriculum, visit their website: http://www.thehawnfoundation.org/mindup

Our Staff

Gisela Cuatle

Gisela is originally from Puebla, Mexico. She grew up helping her mother raise her five brothers and although it sometimes meant a lot of hard work, she remembers her childhood as being full of fun and laughter. She appreciates how much her upbringing taught her the values and respect towards others she holds today. She is now married and has two children of her own. Gisela greatly enjoys working with the infants and toddlers at BCGC and is always looking for ways to expand her knowledge as a teacher. In her free time she likes to read, cook and watch her children play sports. Gisela is currently pursuing a Child Development Associates Credential.

Nancy Dorantes

Nancy is from Acapulco, Mexico. After raising her three lovely kids, and having her own home-daycare program, she came to Bryan Park Preschool to continue her passion for caring for young children. She has also volunteered to teach kids Spanish at Templeton Elementary, and feels learning new languages can open many opportunities. She loves taking care of kids and is so happy to be able to do what she loves in life. Nancy earned a Child Development Associate credential in 2012.

Elda Garcia

Elda is from Guanajuato, Mexico and moved to the US in 2013. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from el Instituto Politecnico Nacional. She is married and has two wonderful daughters. Elda’s love for children spurred her to educate children on waste recycling and water conservation. In addition to science and sustainable living, Elda shared her passion for music with children by teaching them the basics of music theory. Although Spanish is her native language, Elda is able to communicate in French and English and is currently pursuing a Child Development Associate credential. In her free time, Elda enjoys reading, exercise, traveling, painting, and cooking.

Angela Medina

Angela was born in Mexico City. She was eight years old when her family moved to Indiana. She began babysitting as a young adult, and has helped her mother raise her little brother. These combined experiences led her to realize her love of working with young children. She started at Bloomington Center for Global Children in in 2012, and is greatly enjoying the work she does there. She is amazed that people at such a young age can have such big personalities, and finds wonderful fulfillment in supporting each child's individual needs. Angela is working on her Child Development Associate's credential, and plans to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education at Ivy Tech Bloomington.

Deyanira Pulido

Originally from Tabasco, Mexico, Deyanira has lived in the United States for the past ten years. She is the mother of two amazing young girls. She has a special love for children and feels that it is our duty as adults to provide them with the best childhood possible, and it is this love that has brought her to Bloomington Center for Global Children. She believes there is never a dull moment when you work with children and she looks forward to learning from all of the children in our care as well as to guiding and loving them. Further, she values teaching children Spanish as a way to open up future opportunities for them. Deyanira earned a Child Development Associate credential in 2012.