Global Montessori International School, Berkeley

Learning another language is a step towards joining the global community.

Global Montessori International School

510-845-6969

office@gmis-berkeley.com

2830 9th St.

Berkeley CA 94710

8am - 6pm

Monday to Friday

Global Montessori International School

123 456 789

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Goldsmith Hall

New York, NY 90210

07:30 - 19:00

Monday to Friday

Bilingual

A Day in the Life at GMIS

Caring, gentle teachers

Our son went to GMIS for preschool and loved it. Caring, gentle teachers, a strong parent community and Mandarin - all that we could hope for.

Orion Reblitz-Richardson

2016-03-14T15:19:18+00:00

Orion Reblitz-Richardson

Our son went to GMIS for preschool and loved it. Caring, gentle teachers, a strong parent community and Mandarin – all that we could hope for.

Best Choice

GMIS is such an incredible school. We always tell other parents it's the best school in the area because you get the Mandarin language education PLUS Montessori program. It's the best choice we've made to enroll our child in this school.

Sharline C.

2017-09-08T10:51:13+00:00

Sharline C.

GMIS is such an incredible school. We always tell other parents it’s the best school in the area because you get the Mandarin language education PLUS Montessori program. It’s the best choice we’ve made to enroll our child in this school.

Dedicated Parents

The teachers and staff at GMIS genuinely care for the well-being of all the students.  They provide a warm, supportive environment for kids to learn and explore the world around them. I feel fortunate to be involved with a school with such enthusiastic and dedicated parents, who are also fun to be around.

Bruce M.

2017-09-08T10:57:04+00:00

Bruce M.

The teachers and staff at GMIS genuinely care for the well-being of all the students.  They provide a warm, supportive environment for kids to learn and explore the world around them. I feel fortunate to be involved with a school with such enthusiastic and dedicated parents, who are also fun to be around.

Why Bilingual Preschool?

Learning a second language helps children build self-esteem, creativity, problem-solving, and math.

Our world has changed dramatically over the last few decades and is becoming increasingly interconnected. Succeeding in the 21st century will require a foundation of basic knowledge, new ways of thinking, and strong language skills. Bilingualism carries concrete advantages and improves abilities for children who grow up speaking a second language. Learning another language is a step towards understanding other cultures and joining the global community.

Cognitive

Bilingualism increases mental flexibility for children. Bilingual children have two or more words for a single object, concept or idea. Bilingual children are more willing and able to learn even more languages and show an increased analytical orientation to language. Children who study a second language score higher on verbal standardized tests conducted in English. Bilingual children also perform better in math and logic skills than children with one language.

Early Immersion

In order to reap the full benefit of bilingualism, exposure to the second language should begin as early as possible. The chances of achieving full fluency in another language are much higher if study begins during early childhood, since the human brain is wired to acquire language during this critical period. Immersion duplicates the conditions in which we all learn our first language—extended contact with a community of fluent speakers—and is by far the most effective method of language teaching.

Professional

Knowing two languages gives children a head start in competition for universities and career choices. It also provides them with an invaluable tool as they become productive members of our society regardless of their field of study or eventual career.

Social

Bilingual children maintain a strong sense of their own identity while developing sensitivity towards other people and cultures. Since bilingual children need to be aware of which language to speak in a particular situation, a bilingual child is more cognizant of the needs of their listener/audience.