There will be no classes on any of the following days: New Year's Day, June 16th, July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. The instructor reserves the right to make schedule changes due to illness or family emergency on a limited, as needed basis. In the event of a cancellation, families will be given account credit towards future enrollments.
There will be no Las Lengüitas morning classes (classes that start before 12pm) on days when Waverly Schools are closed due to inclement weather. A decision will be made for afternoon/evening classes by 12pm. For group classes, private classes and all other classes for which a Las Lengüitas instructor travels to a location other than the Las Lengüitas classroom, this policy will apply to any school district through which the instructor travels. All cancellations will be announced via text message. Cancellations due to inclement weather will not be credited or refunded as this is out of the control of Las Lengüitas and it´s employees.
In order to maximize engagement and language acquisition, we aim to preserve a positive, stress-free environment for all children. Las Lengüitas teachers and staff prevent and manage potentially negative behaviors by engaging children in flexible, developmentally appropriate programming & redirecting children as needed. Our teachers are trained to recognize when to transition to a new activity and how to choose activities appropriate for the group dynamic at any given time. At Las Lengüitas, we strive to maintain an environment of complete immersion however, in the event of prolonged negative behavior, we will discuss the behavior with the child(ren) at a developmentally appropriate level in English to ensure full understanding.
Employees of Las Lengüitas will NOT do any of the following: hit, spank, shake, bite, pinch, or inflict other forms of corporal punishment, restrict a child's movement by binding or tying him or her, inflict mental or emotional stress, such as humiliating, shaming, threatening a child, or using derogatory remarks, deprive a child of meals, snacks, rest or necessary toilet use, confine a child in an enclosed area such as a closet, locked room, box or similar cubicle.
During Las Lengüitas classes, we ask that you only speak in the target language (the language being learned) with your child. It may sound crazy, but stick with us here on this one. We understand that you likely do not speak much of the target language. If that is the case, you can gesture, point, or demonstrate (or use the language you are learning) to help your child follow along with the activity. If you must speak in English with your child to handle a discipline or other issue, we ask that you step a few feet away from the group and speak in a soft voice. Humans are only able to focus their listening on one thing at a time and when learning a new language, our brains take the path of least resistance. If other children hear an adult speaking in English, they will be undoubtedly distracted from the current activity. If you re-explain the directions in English because you don't think your child understands, s/he will take much longer to learn the target language because they know they can wait for the directions in English from you. We will make sure your child is able to follow along, participate and have fun, even if they don't get it on the first try...we promise!