Since neither Steve nor Tara speak Spanish, neither realized the full extent of their daughter’s fluency until they were traveling to Disney World in Orlando, FL. While taking a cab to their hotel, Steve and Tara sat amazed as their daughter conversed fluently with the driver—unprompted and unaided—in Spanish. As the week progressed, they noticed how she kept a watchful eye on people’s name tags, in search of more opportunities to converse with Spanish speakers. During this week, Steve and Tara understood the real investment they were making in their daughter’s future by giving her the gift of a second language.

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While searching for a preschool for their daughter, Steve and Tara were absolutely astounded when they entered the Kindergarten immersion class at Covenant Christian School. As they watched children from a variety of backgrounds speaking to each other in fluent Spanish, they knew they wanted the same for their daughter. Even better, the Spanish Immersion program was part of a noticeably encouraging and caring school environment.  After their class visit, Steve and Tara cancelled their plans to visit any other school.

Although putting their oldest daughter into the Spanish Immersion Program was an easy decision for Steve and Tara, they were also nervous. Neither of them ever learned a second language, and they didn’t know what to expect. Would immersion work if Spanish wasn’t reinforced at home? Would they be alienated from their daughter’s education? They decided to trust the program, the teachers, and the other parents that full-immersion worked even for families with no connection to the Spanish language.

Steve and Tara know that with the gift of speaking a second language, their daughter will be able to serve others on a global scale, thanks to her ability to communicate with  Spanish and English speakers. She has already expressed her interest in wanting to tell people about Jesus in Spanish. But Steve and Tara have noticed something else. Their daughter is more culturally and internationally aware than one expects from a first-grader. They’ve noticed that, although she’s attends a small private Christian school, she isn’t in a bubble. Because of the Immersion Program, the schools’ teachers are from all over the world. Likewise students come from all over Michiana and many have parents from all over the world. As a result, the school embodies a deep celebration of diversity. Covenant recognizes each culture as a gift and equips students to engage and even flourish cross-culturally. Steve and Tara love Spanish Immersion at Covenant Christian School because they see their daughter gaining more than just the Spanish language—she’s receiving a robust education.

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