French Program


Bilingual Junior and Senior Kindergarten Programs - 3 to 6 Years

Montessori is a philosophy of education with the fundamental tenet that a child learns best within a social environment that supports each individual's unique development. Dr. Maria Montessori, creator of "The Montessori Method of Education", based this new education on her scientific observations of young children's behavior. As the first woman physician to graduate from the University of Rome, Dr. Montessori became involved with education while treating children labeled as slow learners.

As a bilingual school the children are fortunate to have a bilingual Montessori teacher interacting with them on a daily basis.

RMPS incorporates second language instruction during a French circle following Maria Montessori's philosophy. Here is how we proceed:

Approaches in the field taken from research into language acquisition, stress the view that language is primarily a tool of communication, in this context, a language is learned through real communication. French is introduced on a conversational basis and children learn through various themes to identify objects in their environment. The vocabulary includes introductions, expressing one’s needs/feelings, various vocabulary: animals, colours, the days of the week, months, seasons, weather, and the date.

Students develop their vocabulary by playing games, through story time, singing and dancing, viewing videos, miming and a variety of other activities to motivate children.

Montessori Bilingual Program

Curriculum description

The focus of the bilingual program is to have the children hear both official languages throughout the day.

Teachers are bilingual and the program consists of an afternoon French session for 1 hour on a daily basis related to various themes and lessons. French as a Second Language curriculum is to develop students' abilities to communicate in basic French as well as to develop their understanding of the nature of language. Students will also acquire a greater respect and appreciation for the French culture. It offers students an opportunity to practice and refine their communication skills in the areas of listening and speaking, and prepares students to expand their oral communication skills through daily conversation with French-speaking people.

Why learn a second language for young children?

Children have an innate ability to acquire multiple languages. They are curious. They are able to imitate sounds perfectly.

They are open-minded. Unlike adolescents, they are not self-conscious about making new sounds. They are not concerned about appearing silly while participating actively. This natural ability diminishes with age.

Early second language study also:

Toddler Program

The Toddler program is designed around the basic Montessori concept of "freedom within limits." The environment is prepared with age-appropriate materials and exercises that encourage each child's natural curiosity and enthusiasm.