In 1983 I completed my economics degree. After that, besides producing annual reports and filing tax returns, I also paid attention to bringing up and educating our three children and working in our own horticultural company.

From 2002 onwards I gradually got more time to myself, and increasingly immersed myself in Spanish as a foreign language, in teaching methods and in teaching young people. In 2012 I completed a degree in Romance languages ​​at the University of Nijmegen. One of my minors was pedagogy within social sciences.

Learning has always been a fun and enjoyable experience for me. I could always challenge myself by setting new goals. Likewise, I was captivated by the idea of offering an extra language for young children to learn in primary school. Several lectures, workshops and courses inspired me to create a new learning method, based on information from books and lectures about stimulating gifted children. I was keen for it to be a method whereby such children, along with all their other classmates, could learn independently at their own speed and level. The resulting learning method has since been tested at a number of primary schools and the feedback has been incorporated into the method.

My idea of book-based ​​study at primary school level is a conscious choice. Young children have yet to discover the most effective way of learning for them. Writing in a book remains an essential part of learning a language. Writing promotes creativity and helps you to structure your thoughts. Moreover, it trains your brain in processing and remembering information.

Together with IVIO@school and CINO I have developed this learning method, which is already used by more than 800 primary schools in the Netherlands.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. You might find it useful to check out the list of the most frequently asked questions about the Juan y Rosa learning method. If you can’t find the answer to your question, contact us and we will be happy to help you!

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