Pre-kindergarten World Language
At Belmont Day exposure to world languages begins in pre-kindergarten. The students have a variety of informal language experiences in the classroom based on languages spoken by members of the classroom community. Once a week, students are also introduced to French through puppets, songs, poems, and games. From pre-kindergarten to second grade, the emphasis is on developing oral skills.
The topics are revisited and broadened each year, and include:
- greetings and civilities
- expressing moods, needs, and feelings
- family members
- body parts
- days, months, and seasons
- weather expressions
- action verbs, including classroom directions
- geography of France (three main towns, bordering countries)
Students develop their aural skills and notice patterns, similarities, and grammar through learning songs and poems. They learn to play games as a group, then in partners, practicing their social skills in French.