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Blue Valley school introduces program to help children become fluent in Chinese

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Blue Valley’s newest elementary school will be home to the district’s newest approach to teaching children a foreign language.

Sixty kindergarteners will be enrolled in a Chinese immersion program that they will stay within throughout their grade school career.

Staff with the Blue Valley School District said the new program is extremely popular. In fact, there was a lottery system in order to get in.

The new Chinese immersion program is only available to kindergarteners at Wolf Springs Elementary.

Lessons will be co-taught by two full-time teachers. Half the day will be spent in Chinese and the other half will be spent in English

Students will stay within their small group all the way up to the 12th grade.

The goal is to have children be bilingual by the time they are done with high school, which gives them more career opportunities worldwide.

Matt Wachel is enrolling his daughter, Lydia, in the program. He said it was his daughter’s excitement that really spurred them to do this.

“When we think of what our children are going to experience in school, we really want that passion and excitement for learning, but we also want them to be engaged and supported and challenged and we thought, ‘What a great opportunity,’” Wachel said.

Wachel said the whole family is excited to learn Chinese with Lydia.

School district staff said they will continue to expand their world language program.

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