The French-American Nursery School was founded
in the Spring of 1998. The Classroom is located in a spacious,
brightly decorated walkout basement in the home of Christine Chaise
Greenwood. The Program offers a unique opportunity for the children
to be exposed to the French language at an early age.
Christine was born in Paris France. She is a Certified Elementary
School and Special Education Teacher. She earned her Elementary/Primary
and Special Education degrees in France. Her experience includes
7 years teaching grades K-12 in the French Public School system
(Elementary and Secondary Education), and 17 years as a French
teacher in the Hartford area (all levels). She has taught French
as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hartford. Certified
in CPR/First Aid (CT Child Care). Licensed in the State of CT
to operate a Nursery School. Passed the CT Competency Exam. For
Prospective Teachers (CONNCEPT), and the National Teacher Examination
(CONNTENT), administered by Educational Testing Service, University
of Connecticut, Storrs.
Christine is also an accomplished fine art painter.
FRENCH-AMERICAN NURSERY & KINDERGARTEN SCHOOL
(Ages 4 to 6) Learning Through Progressive Immersion
* Additional classes (and tutoring) are available
for grades K-12 and adults.
GOALS and CURRICULUM:
The French-American Nursery School's objectives
are to provide a favorable environment in which a child will be
able to develop:
- LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION SKILLS in French
- Social skills (helping one another, sharing, thinking and problem
solving, practice of life skills, courtesy and cooperation).
- Autonomy, responsibility, concentration, positive self-image
and self-control, confidence.
- Self-expression and creativity (arts & crafts).
- Pre-reading skills, initiation to writing and math concepts
(recognition of letters and sounds; identifying and discriminating
between likenesses & differences as represented by pictures,
letters & numerals; sorting by size, color or shape; memory,
matching and counting games).
- Gross and fine motor skills (hand-eye coordination).
- Sensory skills.
- Time & spatial activities (gym., music, dance, games).
- Body awareness.
- Logic skills and science (discovery through inquiry: Children
are natural scientists, they ask questions about nature, form
hypotheses, do investigations & formulate explanations).
Activities (in French & English) are planned
to help the child's intellectual, physical, emotional and social
Themes and projects will be integrated in the curriculum so that
learning can occur from the child's actual experience. Children
learn by doing. They acquire knowledge about their world through
playful interaction with objects and people. They are motivated
to learn by their desire to make sense of the world. I see my
role in the process as a guide. Because learning must be relevant
to children, I have to provide learning information in a meaningful
FANS curriculum has a structured yet flexible framework enabling
me to respond to each child's individual needs, interests and
development. Ultimately, I wish to provide the children a fun,
loving bilingual environment in which they can grow and learn
about their world from two different perspectives.
The merits of teaching a second language at an early age (when
the brain has a certain plasticity and learning is easy, natural,
spontaneous, uninhibited and proficient) are well-known:
- It conveys a mental flexibility, a curiosity of mind and an
originality of thinking.
- In a world where men and women speak in 4 to 5 thousand different
languages, and where the doors of communication are open, the
knowledge of foreign languages & other cultures is a definite
In terms of benefits, the research is pretty conclusive that students
exposed to foreign languages in the elementary and preschool years
have a much higher level of success in other studies. They develop
greater problem-solving skills, perform better in their native
language, and become more open to other cultures.
Learning French through progressive immersion means that the language
is progressively introduced to the children. The idea is to let
them absorb it by osmosis, naturally. After all, this is the way
we learn our own language.
FANS is endorsed by the ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE HARTFORD, and the
FRENCH CONSULATE OF CT., Dr. Yolande Bosman, Honorary Consul.
Six to eight children per class.
A child entering FANS program must turn four
on or before September 1 of the year he or she enters.
Children entering FANS must have completed their toilet training.
The program welcomes children aged 4 to 6 years old.
First priority is given to those currently attending.
After the initial interview, a registration form and fee must
be returned to: Christine Chaise Greenwood, 112 Climax road, Avon,
FANS SCHEDULE AND TUITION
School year starts in September and ends in May
4, 5, & 6 year olds: (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
4, 5, & 6 year olds
(combined) meet on Tuesdays & Thursdays.
The afternoon class begins at 3:00 PM and
ends at 4:30 PM.
LATE OPENINGS OR CANCELLATIONS
If the afternoon kindergarten class is canceled
or there is an early dismissal due to weather, the FANS classes
will be canceled. Parents will be notified by phone. Listen to
WTIC (1080 AM) for closings and late openings (Avon Public Schools).
Acceptable disciplinary action includes removing
the child from play activity for a maximum of three minutes. This
is followed up with a discussion about the inappropriate behavior
and how to improve. No form of verbal punishment or physical force
is permitted. No unsupervised isolation is allowed.
BULLETIN BOARD AND NEWSLETTERS
The bulletin board is the best source of information
(on the outside wall of the classroom). Please refer to it often.
A weekly newsletter will be distributed. This newsletter will
keep you up to date on current activities. There will also be
one posted on the bulletin board.
SNACKS: Please keep snacks healthy!
CLOTHING and BELONGINGS: Children should wear comfortable clothing
for play that they are able to manage themselves. Bring a long
sleeved smock or an old shirt for arts & crafts. Labeling
of clothing is suggested to eliminate confusion. Please send a
"school" bag & a snack bag with your child's name
HEALTH POLICY: The health form must be returned prior to the first
day of school.
If your child has a fever or is vomiting, if he or she has a bad
cold or the flu, please keep him/her at home.
OPEN COMMUNICATION is encouraged throughout the year between the
teacher and the parent. Please advise me of changes in your child's
daily routine (ex: illness of a family member, vacations, death
of a pet, or arrival of a sibling).
SAVE FOR THE CLASS: yarn, buttons, grains, pearls, fabric, paper,
magazines, paper plates, cups, anything that can be used for projects.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL POLICY
A child must be picked up by a parent or guardian
or other person so designated in writing by the parent. Please
try to adhere to the school hours. A too early arrival sometimes
inhibits the preparations before school. Late pick-up is a real
problem to both the child and the teacher.
DAILY ROUTINE (times are flexible)
20 mn --- FREE PLAY: Arrival, greeting, peer
interaction, educational toys & games, crafts, drawing, coloring,
block construction, library etc.
5 mn --- CLEAN-UP ( French song )
10 mn --- CIRCLE TIME:
We sing a "greeting song", ( Bonjour comment ça
va? ça va merci! ) Language stimulation, communication
of experiences and feelings, story telling. We talk about commonplace
objects and activities encountered everyday, show & tell.
Traditional French songs. Fingerplays. Memory games (French vocabulary).
25 mn --- ROUTINE ACTIVITIES
* Discussion of day, weather, and season
* Clothes (what we are wearing today)
* Body parts (games and activities)
* Action/ Imitation ( fine motor role playing to learn French
15 mn --- SNACK AND CLEAN-UP
( We talk about food and beverage, what we like or dislike)
30 mn --- PROJECT OF THE DAY
* Arts & crafts
* Science & discovery
* Introduction to writing, reading & math concepts
* Music, dancing, gym.
* Story time, finger play, singing, dramatic play
15 mn --- OUTSIDE PLAY (RECESS)
Recess is an important part of the program's planned day. It provides
the children with an opportunity to socialize, to exercise and
to play in a less structured setting. It also allows them to develop
the ability to occupy free time creatively & get fresh air.
Christine Chaise-Greenwood, 112 Climax Rd. Avon,
CT.06001, tel: (860) 677-6839 Email: email@example.com
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