Anne Henochowicz and Daphnnet Garces introduce themselves, share about Aidan's World Language programs, and answer a few frequently asked questions!
Aidan's Spanish Program touches many children at the school, with Toddlers exposed through songs and play and instruction beginning at the Primary level.
The Spanish curriculum is based on Montessori's educational philosophy as well as on the Montessori approach to the individual child, language development, group management, teaching and learning styles, and specific techniques such as the Three-Period lesson. It also draws upon current approaches in second or third language development (e.g., Total Physical Response, or TPR) which are being successfully used with young children.
Aidan's Primary students work on Spanish one morning a week in each classroom, in small groups - singing songs, playing games, and working on basic conversational forms like greetings and simple questions.
Elementary Spanish meets four times a week and includes reading, writing sentences, translating Spanish into English, learning increasingly complex songs and poems, simple role plays, and eventually learning irregular conjugations and doing research projects.
Daphnnet Garces joined Aidan in 2022 and brings more than a decade of experience working in education. She holds a BA in Prekindergarten/Primary Education from Universidad del Este as well as multiple certificates from Montgomery College, including Child Growth and Development Certificate, Creating Schedules and Routines Certificate, Active or Hyperactive Certificate, 3 Hour Mixed-Age Groups in Early Childhood Programs Certificate, and Including All Children and the Americans with Disabilities Act Certificate.
Over the years, Daphnnet has worked primarily with preschool and kindergarten-aged children. One of her most formative workplace experiences was working as an Intern for Montgomery County Public Schools. In this position, she worked in a kindergarten class and learned how to incorporate integrated strategies and standards in the classroom.
Daphnnet loves hiking, exploring the great outdoors, sports, and eating new and interesting foods. She also enjoys traveling to different countries and experinecing new cultures—though one of her favorite places to be is back home with family in Peru, where she was born and raised.