Frequently Asked Questions:
Our fully immersive classes are packed full of fun! Each quarter we explore a series of fun yet practical themes that are familiar to you and your child in your daily lives. By integrating art, music, movement, and play, children quickly learn the language in an environment that is both meaningful and fun for them.
Parents and caregivers play a significant role in encouraging a child’s foreign language ability. We highly encourage interaction in Persian between classes. Take-home materials that we provide for you help reinforce new concepts, songs, and vocabulary learned at school. Studies have shown that language learners must encounter a word at least 12 times in different contexts before a word become part of the language learner’s vocabulary.
If you speak Persian yourself, try your best to speak Persian around your child. Even when your child speaks to you in English, discretely rephrase what he/she says and respond in Persian. If your child makes mistakes when they speak, don’t interrupt the flow of conversation to correct them. If you choose to correct their errors, just use the same expression correctly in your response.
Arriving on time is another very
important way you help your child. When students arrive late, they start the day off on
the wrong foot by being rushed and frazzled. They also miss out on the benefit that daily routines provide
for children. Allowing extra time in the morning to get your child to school on time pays off tremendously in their education.
How will a Persian preschool prepare my child to be successful in a regular English speaking Kindergarten?
Persian Preschool gives your child the distinct advantage of being taught by an experienced and reputable Kindergarten teacher. Surprisingly the state does not require preschool teachers to have college degrees or even a teaching certificate. At Persian preschool, all students are taught by founder and certified teacher, Jayron Finan who has been successfully teaching Kindergarten and 1st grade for the past 10 years. Mrs. Finan also holds a Masters in Teaching with specific emphasis in on early childhood language acquisition.
Many of the skills your child needs to be successful in Kindergarten are not specific to a certain language. Phonemic awareness (which includes rhyming, segmentation, and phoneme blending) is an essential pre-reading skill that Kindergarten teachers use as an indicator of a child’s reading readiness. In other academic areas such as math, simply knowing how to count is only just one small part of a child’s mathematical readiness. Having strong number sense, problem solving techniques, and patterning skills are important for a success in math. At Persian Preschool, children learn these important skills with the added benefit of learning them in Persian.
Even more important than the academic readiness Persian Preschool provides, is the social skills learned. Children who enter Kindergarten either without any preschool or who come from an unstructured preschool have a more difficult transition. Those students are less likely to listen attentively and follow directions, therefore may not reach their full potential unlike students with a strong preschool background.