We wanted to give another educational option to our current families:
If French is spoken in your family, we think that offering a Kindergarten in French will allow your child to consolidate her language skills in French. Your child will improve her vocabulary and her fluency in French.
If French is not spoken in your family, a French Kindergarten will give your child another year to build on the French skills acquired in the Chenilles and the Papillons classes. Your child has already worked hard to learn French during her one, two or 3 years at SFCP, and it would be a shame to stop French at that point.
What the children learn
As the children develop naturally they begin to see themselves more in relation to others and think beyond their immediate emotional whims and needs. They learn self-sufficiency as well as collaboration. They are encouraged to speak up for themselves and express their own thoughts and questions logically as well as following directions. They learn active listening and the importance of waiting for their turn. They get used to new routines including daily rituals around basic needs, transitioning between activities, circle time and table activities. Our six learning domains are:
• Appropriating language
• Discovering writing
• Becoming a student
• Action and self-expression using the body
• Discovering the world
• Perceiving, feeling, imagining and creating
Through guided and free activities the children develop fine and gross motor coordination in space, as well as sensory, emotional, cognitive and relational skills. Vocabulary, syntax and the rhythm of language are built through daily verbal interactions in the classroom, in the context of physical activities and through stories, dance and song. We recognize all young children as natural artists. Children learn to draw to express and to represent. Visual, tactile, auditory and vocal activities increase the sensory capabilities of each child. Also through artistic endeavor, children enrich their faculties of attention, concentration as well as capacity for expression. Gently, and in incremental steps, the children socialize and develop autonomy. This is the prerequisite for the critical thinking which will come so much to the fore in later years and is at the core of the School’s Mission.