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The joy of bilingual reading

June 5, 2013 · Updated 4:03 PM

Bilingual students at Orcas Montessori School. / Contributed photo

Each week at Orcas Montessori School, the children head home holding large, brightly colored envelopes. Inside each envelope awaits hours of enjoyment, a shared experience between parents and their children, and the beginning of a love of languages. What could be inside? ¿Qué hay dentro? The surprise is two new bilingual books that go home weekly, and are exchanged for new ones the following week.

For the past two years, a generous gift from a local donor has allowed the children of Orcas Montessori School to take home bilingual books from the school’s “lending library.” A new gift has been given to the school, making it possible to replace some well-worn (and well-loved) volumes and purchase many new ones – doubling the size of their lending library.

The children look forward to these brightly colored packets of books that appear in their cubby to take home for the week, say teachers. This library helps provide families with the opportunity to share the experience of reading together while supporting their child’s learning.

Th grant will also make it possible for the school to purchase additional materials, and give scholarships for both the school year and the summer dual language program. The summer dual language program is supported by local donors and United Way.

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