CyBC is a music and movement class in Spanish for children 0-5 years and their adult caregivers. It is designed to be accessible to all families, regardless of native language, musical background, ethnicity, age or ability level. Children and adults learn language naturally and organically through the music activities, song lyrics, and the interactions in class.
Many programs teach vocabulary using songs. We pride ourselves in teaching language through music. We take music education seiously, and we present it in the context of language immersion. Language learning through immersion is natural and ongoing, so our collection are not sequential. Basic key vocabulary is used and repeated every semester. Each collection also adds themes and special concepts that enrich language learning no matter which semester you join the class.
Our beautiful Family Songbook with accompanying music CD, and digital download and streaming option is a key component of our curriculum. Each family receives a set of these materials every semester, so that the learning and grooving can continue at home. In addition, registered families have access to the Family Portal, which offers additional family support materials as well as fun "extras" for kids. TRY A FREE CLASS
Will this class be too "easy" for native speakers? Young children, regardless of their home language, are in the process of developing language skills. CyBC teachers use structured immersion techniques, which allow them to use natural, whole language while including all participants. Native speakers do not feel that the language is beginner-level or simplified. In fact, Spanish-speaking families across the country find that CyBC is a great support to them in acheiving language maintenance at home.
What if we don't speak any Spanish? Will we be able to participate? Non-Spanish speakers quickly catch on, because language in class is natural, interactive, and used in context. In addition, music is a universal language! Teachers actively engage participants through the music, regardless of each family's level of Spanish. Lastly, the take-home materials offer translations and other English language supports for families learning Spanish.
My child doesn't even speak English yet. Won't he get confused? Young brains are incredibly flexible, so children usually catch on much more quickly than their grown-ups! Ages birth through 5 is the perfect time to expose your child to a second or third language. In fact, experts agree that the earlier the better for bilingual development. You may notice your child using Spanish words together with their English words. This is not confusion, but instead the sign of a smart, busy mind at work!
How does it work having babies and 5 year olds in the same class? Both language and music have basic developmental "paths" that children follow as they grow and learn. However, the age at which they master each skill is different for each child. Babies and 5-year-olds, in general, will each "get" something different from the class. We feel that learning together, as a community, is the best way to strengthen music, language, and social skills.