It all began with a two a years old boy, a souvenir pipe from Tenerife, a News Paper and by merely observing and valuing young children’s not to be relief - precious -years from 0 to 6 years.
I saw my two years old son take a little pipe that was given as a souvenir from Canarias and which we had on display high in the wall unit ( I did not know he knew it was there) and took a newspaper from the side of the unit and sat down on the chair with the paper – up side down – reading it, and I say reading it because after a few minutes he excitedly showed me a word he recognised and this word was Hoover; then he took me by my hand to the vacuum cleaner and pointed to the word again.
I then realized that he was learning to read and love it. But who taught him that word? The reply is that the environment taught him; and there are hundreds and thousands of toddlers learning to read by just observing their own environment, watching television and travelling under fives are leaning not just to read but are learning a second language unconsciously.
So guided by my 2 years old, I continued providing him with more words, my attitude and approach was joyously to play this game, and it was the most satisfying rewarding, exciting game of my life. We built a very close friendship and he loved the attention, and affection of the reading game. He used to beg for the game and I was delighted to provide. I will never forget my little son’s face when I put a few words together that he already knew to make a sentence; he was immensely happy to discover that words have meaning. At two years he discovers a new world.
He soon read in Spanish “El Oso Winnie” and a few weeks later Goldilocks and The Three Bears. He read rapidly and comprehended better than a seven-year-old because he view reading just like another fascinating game in life full excitement.
Seeing my son’s enjoyment for reading, I knew that it would be a crime if I did not give my daughter the same opportunity. I started to play the reading game with her at merely 11 months and she also loved the game. At the age of 2 she read fluently, rapidly, and comprehensively books for seven year olds in Spanish and English. At fourteen months we explore painting, drawing, playing dice games; these activities opened a new world for my children. They were very happy as they were fulfilling their inner selves. No tantrums may be because they had lots of opportunities to quench down their tremendous thirst for learning in a loving manner.
Having observed my children’s incredible eagerness to learn, with a childminding background of 12 years, with knowledge of psychologists such as Jean Piaget, Frobel and the great influence by Maria Montessori Cherry Tree Day Nursery was born and the Day Nursery was opened by Mayor Janet Dunbavand on the 18 September 1994.
After seeing by myself and proof of Montessori’s, sensitive periods, how the children from birth to 5 years (not just my own) absorb information at a staggering rate I decided to take action to open the Spanish School 6 months later, for toddlers from 2 years to Adult classes.
Having learned English as a second language, taught children, a large number of students of all levels, observed my own children become bilingual by acquiring Spanish as a second language I introduced a method of learning Spanish with English synonymous, teaching what is really essential in a friendly, caring and well structure course for people with not prior knowledge of Spanish; and who have very little time available and want to communicate effectively, confidently in Spanish in short time.