Natural Language Use Leading to Bilingualism and Biculturalism
KCLC will use the Keres language naturally, supporting children who are already bilingual in Keres and/or supporting families in helping their children learn Keres. KCLC adheres to the belief preached by elders and tribal leadership that the primary responsibility of language learning belongs first to the family and the community. KCLC’s purpose is to provide a setting that will support already fluent children in continuing to speak Keres and to make Keres accessible to children and families who want to learn. KCLC will use immersion techniques, under the guise of natural usage.
Children will participate in culturally relevant, age-appropriate activities everyday that will build their Keres vocabulary, Cochiti identity, self-discipline, and sense of community, assisting them in developing a Pueblo worldview.