The idea and the intention of the Extended French program is, to expose the children to as many daily French activities as possible, to develop their academic and social skills in French language. This age is prime for children's minds to be absorbing the gift of a second language. Those of you who teach or work with preschoolers know, that a good French curriculum for preschool children is hands-on, engaging and colourful. They have to be taught things they can easily refer to. Through guided, independent and group learning situations, students engage in French language acquisition as a fun, interactive and enjoyable experience.
In our program monthly themed activities guide the curriculum. Each monthly theme is broken down into monthly units with various teaching materials (songs, objects, flash cards, reading books, worksheets, videos, crafts etc., all complementing the curriculum).
Our program consists of daily French circles (about 20 min.) building a repertoire of songs, games, vocabulary and simple conversations . Songs in particular do wonders when it comes to improving children's listening and speaking skills. What's more is that the students retain information much more easily when singing. High frequency items such as numbers, colours, greetings, various classroom objects and common expressions are incorporated in our daily routine, used on a regular basis and in a very natural way.
Summarizing the goal of our program : Through constantly increasing vocabulary, little conversations and various language activities, students engage French as whole language acquisition. Keeping in mind global citizenship, French culture is also brought into the spotlight, building a sensitivity and understanding of Francophone societies within Canada and around the world.