Our vision is to develop bilingual global citizens who can seamlessly transition between Francophone and Anglophone cultures.
We chose French because it is the most widely spoken language after English (by countries). In addition, there are many advantages to learning a second language; it increases creativity, enhances verbal and mathematical problem solving skills, and helps the children in developing an advantage in grasping and formulating concepts.
Discovery House began implementing its Dual Language Program in September of 2014.
Children absorb language easily, having a sensitive period for language between ages 0 – 6 years. We began implementing the program at two different levels with different goals in mind. Our goal for the children in our Children’s House program is bilingualism (the development of the ability to understand/express themselves orally in two languages). The goal for elementary is bi-literacy: the ability to read and write in two languages.
Each classroom has one adult who speaks only French to the children. In addition, the elementary students spend one work cycle weekly in the French Lab.