We use a dual language model in all of our curriculum areas. We follow a 50/50 model, meaning we alternate the language of instruction between English and Spanish. For example, on Mondays everything a class studies, from reading to math to dance, will be taught in Spanish. On Tuesdays, students will learn that day's lessons in English.
Children who are dominant in one language are mixed in with children who are dominant in the other so they can be language models for each other. Many children enter our learning community as monolingual English or Spanish speakers and over time develop fluency in the other language. We also have many children in our community who speak a third or fourth language.