La Giocomotiva nurseries and preschools are bilingual Italian/English or monolingual English. The ability to learn a foreign language is part of one of the multiple intelligences inherent in the child, namely the linguistic intelligence
At Giocomotiva, children interact with native English-speaking teachers from an early age. Several studies have shown that words learned by the age of 3 remain in the children's minds for life. Thus, interaction with a foreign language in this phase of growth will help them in the future to learn English, which is in fact the most widely spoken language in the world.
The English-speaking teachers only speak to the children in English. When interacting with them they never use Italian, in order to get them used to the change in language registration. The mother tongue teachers are present every day, so that they can offer the children various conversation starters: from saying good morning, to organising games, to describing the meal.
The English lessons are obviously adapted to the age of the children. If at 12 months they learn to follow a song and mime the gestures, at 4/5 years old they will be able to learn the lyrics by heart and sing the song.</
The educational motivation is always play. English at Giocomotiva means motivating children to learn a foreign language through play. In addition to songs (which the children listen to and watch on video), the teachers read fairy tales in the language, offering a selection of titles by the most successful authors in the field of children's literature, including Eric Carle, the American writer and illustrator, known worldwide for The very hungry caterpillar. Which the children adore!
Every week the teachers write a report on their activities, which is then sent to the parents by e-mail. The weekly report also contains links to the songs they have listened to, so that the children can share their experience in the nursery and at school with their mum and dad at home