Dos académicos del "Harvard Graduate School of Education", nos cuentan la experiencia de su paso por nuestro colegio
Jon y Heather vinieron a Madrid para que sus hijos aprendieran español. Sus hijos de 8, 6 y 4 años estuvieron escolarizados en nuestro colegio. Sus padres, ambos académicos de la Facultad de Educación de la Universidad de Harvard (Boston, EEUU), nos cuentan su experiencia:
“We had a sabbatical year from our jobs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where we study mathematics teaching and learning. We decided to move to Spain because we wanted our children to speak Spanish; American schools don’t typically begin language instruction until 6th grade, which is too late. We began to search for a school, and were thrilled to discover there was a Jewish school in Madrid. We felt even luckier when we found out that the curriculum perfectly matched our family’s needs, including strong religious and Hebrew instruction. During our decision process, we also visited several primary schools in the Madrid area, and found that Ibn Gabirol stood out as more international and progressive in its approach to educating children.
One other thing that made Ibn Gabirol special is that the staff really took care of our children in the first few months, arranging tutoring in Spanish and Hebrew, having conferences with us early in the school year to check our kids’ progress, and worrying about various other details. All three kids now speak fluent Spanish, and our oldest is also beginning to read Hebrew, which is a real blessing.
In our opinion, the quality of teaching at Ibn Gabirol was very high. Teachers challenged our children to think, reason, and ask questions, which is unusual even in the best schools in the US. Teachers also focused on the whole child, attending to the social environment in classrooms, easing our children’s transitions, fostering independence, and teaching Jewish values.
It’s a huge positive that Jewish values drive the mission of the school; when our children encountered the normal social issues in classrooms, teachers guided our children towards a thoughtful solution.”
Jon, Heather y sus hijos tienen planes de volver a nuestro colegio para su próximo año sabático y aquí estaremos para ellos. Antes de marcharse, y en agradecimiento al trato recibido durante su estancia, esta familia realizó una generosa donación de un gran número de libros nuevos en inglés para la biblioteca. ¡Muchas gracias!