Q. Is there a special curriculum because the language is new to the children?
A. Yes. We like to have the children start around 2 ½ if possible. This is 6 months sooner than our sister school. At this age, they are pouring over books looking to learn new words. Soon those words connect together and the child has a great feeling of accomplishment and pride associated with their new ability to verbally communicate. A greater emphasis is placed on working with the children to build sufficient vocabulary to help build their multi-language skill.
Q. How is the school similar to a traditional preschool?
A. We strive to build a solid foundation in basic preschool skills. First and foremost, we provide an atmosphere for fun and joy in learning, in a safe and healthy environment. Classroom activities include singing and listening to stories, playing games and tracing and recognizing Chinese characters. Our setting at the Historic Old School campus in Jacksonville lends itself to a wonderful variety of outdoor activities as well.
Q. Are there any special requirements?
A. Because the language development is progressive, we require our students to commit to a full semester program, with a minimum two days a week.
Q. Where are you located?
A. We are at 525 Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville at the historic Old School campus. We will move into our new school which is being built just for us this Spring 2009! We have a beautiful outdoor play area, an art center, a bell tower on top of our new school for outdoor play, and lots of space to grow!
Q. How is the school different from a traditional preschool?
A. Empirical evidence points to immersion as the best way to truly learn a language. For small children, learning a second language is natural and easy. Only Mandarin is spoken in the classroom, and the children quickly pick up key words and phrases in order to communicate with their new friends and teachers.
Q. What if we do not speak Mandarin in our home? Will this confuse our child?
A. No. Children quickly acknowledge which language to use to be understood. They are masters at communication!
Q. What is the cost?
A. Classes are $35.00 a session.