Monterey Hills School Kindercare students perform a song with much gusto during ceremony. Photo by Skye Hannah

Sparkling gold balloons in the formation of “aloha” and brightly colored leis set the stage for a cheerful end of the year performance for kindercare highlighting a range of language skills Friday, May 24 at Monterey Hills Elementary.

A crowd of parents, families and teachers gathered as both the morning and afternoon classes showed off their linguistic skills in English, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) by singing and signing a multitude of songs across the language span. Songs included “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” “Familia La Comunidad,” “Colors” and the ever popular “ABC’s.”

Alexis Lim introduces a song to the audience.

Kindercare lead teacher Amy Soto-Jimenez and assistant teacher Melissa Aguirre helped guide the students in their language work. Soto-Jimenez said the class practiced ASL and Spanish over the year, so the performance served as a highlight of their work. The students signed the “ABC’s” along to music, keeping in collective time to the beat.

“This is the perfect time for them to learn,” explained Soto-Jimenez. “This is such a good time to teach them different languages. They’re so little, they’re like little sponges and they absorb so much.”

In the audience, Maribel Acuna looked on with her son Andres who attends TK.

“It was so cute,” said Acuna. “They’re so cute. I think it’s so important to be bilingual because living here in southern California, you have to know several languages and be open to so many cultures.”

Kindercare student Alexis Lim smiled with a lei around her neck after the performance.

“It was really good,” said Alexis. “I really liked the sign language one.”

Joy Shepherd (from left), Carson Northrupt and Jemma Shepherd introduce a song to the audience.
Skye Hannah, Senior Reporter
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Skye Hannah is a senior reporter for the South Pasadena Review and the San Marino Tribune, covering education, features and civic issues. Skye previously served as an award-winning senior staff photojournalist and staff writer covering education, business, crime, sports, features and civic issues for the Rome News-Tribune in Rome, Georgia. A native of Dallas, Texas, she is an avid cyclist, enthusiastic outdoorswoman, and has been known to drop “y’all” in conversation. You can reach Skye at shannah@gavilanmedia.com.

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