Students (and families!) do not have to speak French or English to be part the Lycée's 3s, pre-K and Kindergarten programs, as young minds pick up a second and even third language quite naturally. Preschool classes at the Lycée offer differentiated instruction, and students without formal French in their background are fully integrated into class with French-speaking students to help speed language-acquisition and socialization.
Our teachers are aware that in their first years of learning a new language, children will not understand everything they hear. They use body language, visual cues, manipulatives, exaggerated facial expressions, and expressive intonation to communicate meaning.
As the year progresses, children naturally use more of the French language. To draw them into using the language, teachers often use songs, useful phrases, rhymes and group collaboration with students. They also carefully structure the day with familiar routines.
To further strengthen the French, after-school care and activities are offered in French. In addition, the Lycée's Summer Camp
is a full-immersion French-language camp for children 4 years+. Families find our camp to be an excellent way to introduce children to French and to the Lycée itself!