At Au Petit Bonheur, our children learn French and Greek through our daily activities and their constant contact with the languages. From the Middle Section (ages 4 to 5) onwards, activities in English are integrated into our programme and take place on a daily basis, with each teacher consistently communicating and teaching exclusively in her/his respective mother tongue (French, Greek and English); this permits the parallel assimilation and development of the languages, while simultaneously providing a natural structure that distinguishes them from one another.
Today, fluency in one or more foreign languages is a crucial professional skill and almost a necessity in the multicultural world that we live in. At this young age, preschool children are able to swiftly and easily pick up vocabulary and syntax through play and speech, which can form a strong basis for the further development of language skills later in their schooling. Beyond preparing children for their academic and professional futures, scientific research has shown that the learning of languages at preschool level helps to improve concentration span, logic skills, multilateral thinking, multitasking skills and to offer further benefits.
Below you will find some links that discuss the benefits of bilingualism and multilingualism in young children.