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Kigala Preschool Garden of Knowledge for Young Students

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An immersion preschool option offering both Spanish and German paths, its exotic-sounding name is a portmanteau combining the first two letters of each word in the slogan that describes the school, “Kids’ Garden of Languages.” 
   
True to its name, the focal point of the Kigala facility is its spacious garden where children are provided ample time to play and express themselves, which promotes brain development. The outdoor area features a playground, a tire swing, and multiple art stations. Most of the objects in the yard are constructed from natural materials like wood for a rustic, inviting appearance. 
   
The seed of Kigala – to build on the theme of nature – was planted in 2006. Founder Elke Schweigert Miller, a native of Munich, realized that there weren’t any German-language schools on the Westside designed for toddlers and pre- school-aged children. Though she, the Spanish language.

“Through exploration and experience, children are able to absorb new languages and concepts,” Elke described. 

She is also the founder of Goethe International Charter School, a German Immersion Public School in Mar Vista with currently 430 students, which was also approved in 2008.

Today, the four-year-old facility at 2705 Pico Blvd. has two dedicated indoor teaching rooms (one for each language), in addition to an art room and the aforementioned garden. The school can currently accommodate up to 60 students. 
   
Curious families are encouraged to attend the open house set to take place on Saturday, October 21. The event, which will run from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., is a great opportunity to discover the European-style learning philosophy behind the preschool and to interact with parents, students, and staff.
   
For information about enrollment, call 310-453-2400, or visit their website at www.kigala.org.

 

 
 

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