Central Lakes College students in Senora Juanita Kurtz's intermediate Spanish class switched from being students to teachers in a rare exercise in early childhood education.
Playhouse Child Care Center provided the young learners -- 26 in all -- more than 30 minutes of lessons on numbers, colors, animals and food. Unless they had been exposed to public television's "Sesame Street," most of the pre-schoolers had not heard Spanish nor any other language beyond their native English.
"You're never too young nor too old to be enriched by learning a language," said Kurtz, adding that the experiment went well. She credited Chris Lee of the day care for proposing the project.
"We did just fine," Kurtz said of her 15 Spanish II students, some of whom are earning college credits while still in high school via the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option.
Among those leading the children through games that made learning Spanish fun rather than work was Jacquelin Hansen, a freshman from Staples, a CLC Spanish scholarship recipient.
Playhouse Child Care Center is a privately owned business on the west end of the Brainerd campus. It focuses on learning through play situations, as well as through a structured environment, with a curriculum of creative art, music, science, sign language, cooking, dramatic play and language arts.
The center follows the college schedule for days open.
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