The perfect moment for children to acquire language is during the ‘sensitive period’ of development, from birth until around six years of age. In a Montessori classroom, children acquire spoken language by relating the words they hear, to the work they are doing with their teachers, or in small groups.
Living language is a part of their daily life; they are able to register and absorb sounds, then repeat words with a perfect accent, as in singing a song.
In each of our classrooms there are two teachers, one always speaks French, and one always speaks English. This time-tested bilingual formula is unique, and creates an ideal dual language environment for learning. Many of our international children become comfortable communicating in a third, or even fourth language.
The French alphabet is taught in cursive, the English one in print. Initially, the children learn to write and then read in either English or French. In time, the second language is also presented on a written level.
The children, currently representing over 20 different nationalities, relate and respond effortlessly to each other, and their teachers, in all disciplines.