Thu 23 Jan 2014 17:11
The school day starts in one Bridgeport classroom with the kindergartners singing their Spanish “Ahh, Bay, Says” instead of ABCs.
The children shout “Yo!” instead of “Me!” when the teacher asks for volunteers to pass out construction paper. Before the bell rings, a boy reads “Si le das una galletita a un raton,” the Spanish version of “If you give a mouse a cookie.”
Under the school’s dual language immersion programs, students start school taught almost exclusively in Spanish. By third grade, teachers will equally divide instruction in Spanish and English. This is the newest tool for improving the academic performance of Tigard-Tualatin School District’s rapidly-growing Latino population. Read More