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Why Early Childhood Education Matters ?

Preschool programs provide early childhood education and care for young children, and help them develop a range of skills that make them ready to learn when they start Elementary school.

When you think of Preschool, what do you envision? Are you afraid that your child is still too small to be placed in a structured environment? Does it scare you how they might cope with the separation? Well, don’t be. Preschool can only help your child.

Benefits of Early Childhood Education

Children gain a lot from going to preschool because they become exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes there. But, more importantly, they develop social and emotional skills and learn how to get along with other children, to share and to contribute.

Preschools offer children the chance to socialize with other children, learn more about themselves, learn how to problem solve, build confidence and much more.

Early Childhood Education

  • Preschool provides a foundation for learning, both socially and academically
  • Preschool is an opportunity for kids to be in a structured setting
  • Preschool will prepare children for elementary school where things get more academic
  • Preschool will help your child develop socially and emotionally
  • Preschool will help your children find answers to their numerous questions
  • They will learn their ABCs and 123

Preschool provides a foundation for learning both socially and academically that will help your child succeed in Elementary school.

Teachers use a variety of methods to help children grow cognitively, as well as conceptually. Children enhance their cognitive skills and learn social and motor skills through play. For example, drawing with a crayon or pencil enhances fine motor skills. Jumping and running strengthen muscles and improve balance. Playing with others improves language skills and socialization. Play also helps children communicate emotions, and practice creative problem-solving.

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Our experienced teachers are dedicated to enhancing children’s development, and our child-centered programs offer daily opportunities for children to grow and learn.  We are confident that our program will meet the needs of your child and your family.  We invite you to schedule a tour today and find out more!

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Handwriting

Handwriting in Early Childhood Education

Handwriting is a critical element of early childhood education.

The foundation of all good handwriting begins with good pencil grasp and hand development. Children should have strength and dexterity in their hands and fingers before being expected to master the daunting task of handwriting.

Handwriting

 

 

Why is teaching handwriting so important ?

Fine motor skills involve the small muscles of the body that enable such functions as writing, grasping small objects, and fastening clothing. Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten students at FASP benefit from daily experiences that support the development of fine motor skills in their hands and fingers.

The infographic below presents what research says about early writing skills and how you can help your child acquire them!

Developing Pre-Writing Skills in Early Childhood Infographic
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Cursive handwriting is integrated throughout the curriculum at FASP, our teachers use a wide variety of techniques to help and improve the fine motor skills of our students, starting in Preschool. Formal instruction begins in Kindergarten, continues in Grade 1 and is reinforced in subsequent years.

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Why Choose a Bilingual Education ?

Head of School, Corinne Güngör, provides insights on the benefits of bilingual education and bi-literacy:

Article published in the PrincetonKIDS Magazine 2018-2019

As young parents, we were speaking with our first child’s pediatrician when he strongly advised us against speaking to him in our respective native languages. We looked at each other and smiled: we were going to disobey! That was 35 years ago.

Today, our four children are trilingual and proud to be so.

Their multilingualism has greatly benefited them in their social, professional, and intellectual lives. Their horizon is without limit; they find others to be a rich source of learning; and their ability to adapt is amazing. Here are the reasons:

When a child speaks, reads, or writes in two languages or more, his/her brain constantly passes from one mental structure to another. It undergoes a constant sort of gymnastics which habituates the bilingual individual to managing several tasks at once. What was once believed to cripple the brain in fact permits the acquisition and development of numerous competencies involving memory, reasoning, and problem-solving. The realms of perception and attention are widened. The bilingual/multilingual child is a better student, performs better than average, and acquires intellectual qualities which are valued by educational institutions as well as businesses.

Speaking, writing, and reading two or more languages facilitates communication and allows the student to meet and appreciate other people and cultures without fear or discomfort with encountering different ways of thinking and living. This unique and enriching experience promotes open-mindedness, a greater tolerance, and an increasing capacity for adaptation; these values and attitudes are indispensable in our rapidly-changing world.

Studying in two languages or more entails a different learning process that will benefit the child all his/her life. Over the years, the young learner assimilates linguistic structures which are often complex, sometimes contradictory. These structures are being built progressively and facilitate a more in-depth comprehension and more refined grasp of oral and written language. These two or three languages nourish each other. This sophisticated capability will be used in numerous fields throughout the years.

Speaking, reading, and writing in two or more languages is a long process. It takes as many years as acquiring one language. To choose a bilingual education for one’s child is a unique and challenging journey which requires continuity, an equal recognition of languages spoken at home and at school, and a particular link to adults who speak and teach these languages: the child must want to communicate with them. Finally, the family, even if the language is not spoken at home, should provide necessary support just as we do with other aspects of daily life with our children. Nothing good is built without affection and without encouragement.

Choosing a bilingual education for your child is a very good start in life.

Looking for more insights on the benefits of bilingual education?

Les avantages du bilinguisme

Corinne Güngör

Head of School and co-founder of the French American School of Princeton

 

Admissions Coffee Chat: Friday, June 8th

Join us for a casual conversation to find out more about our program and whether FASP might be the right fit for your child. We will treat you to coffee while getting your questions answered!

Join us on Friday, June 8th

 

Have questions about the admissions process? Interested in hearing from our current parents? Want a tour of the building? This informal gathering will give you a valuable opportunity to ask questions and gain unique insights in a relaxed setting.

This a great opportunity to talk casually with the Head of School and the Admissions staff to learn more about the FASP Program. 

Bring a friend and join us for an informal conversation over coffee

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Admissions Coffee Chat: Friday, May 4th

Join us for a casual conversation to find out more about our program and whether FASP might be the right fit for your child. We will treat you to coffee while getting your questions answered!

Join us on Friday, May 4th

 

Have questions about the admissions process? Interested in hearing from our current parents? Want a tour of the building? This informal gathering will give you a valuable opportunity to ask questions and gain unique insights in a relaxed setting.

This a great opportunity to talk casually with the Head of School and the Admissions staff to learn more about the FASP Program. 

Bring a friend and join us for an informal conversation over coffee

Register Now

Talent Show

The students at FASP are so talented both in and out of the classroom! In February, our students showed their special talents during our Grade 1-5 Talent Show.

Admissions Coffee Chat: Friday, April 6th

Join us for a casual conversation to find out more about our program and whether FASP might be the right fit for your child. We will treat you to coffee while getting your questions answered!

Join us on Friday, April 6th

admissions-coffee-chat

Have questions about the admissions process? Interested in hearing from our current parents? Want a tour of the building? This informal gathering will give you a valuable opportunity to ask questions and gain unique insights in a relaxed setting.

This a great opportunity to talk casually with the Head of School and the Admissions staff to learn more about the FASP Program. 

Bring a friend and join us for an informal conversation over coffee

Register Now

Music Lab

The new keyboards have been put to good use by our Grade 7 students! They’re learning to read notes and have correct finger placement while practicing traditional American, French and German songs. 

Preschool Ephemeral Art

Check out these ephemeral art sun catchers made by our Preschool class! A beautiful way to decorate the school entrance, feed the birds, and take advantage of this cold weather! 

Vive la Galette!

La fête des Rois, a very French tradition! Nous aimons tous la Galette 

A very big thank you to the Grades 1-5 parents who generously made these delicious “galettes des rois” for the celebration in Elementary School today.

Our Maternelle students also enjoyed the Galettes des rois after preparing the cakes and decorating their crowns in class.

 

 

Grade 6: A fun life science lab activity !

Have you ever wondered how scientists extract DNA from an organism? Grade 6 students enjoyed a fun life science lab activity this afternoon: DNA extraction from strawberries!

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Grades 1-8 Winter Festival

Grades 1-8 students performed Winter-related songs this morning to celebrate the holiday season with all its snow, dressing up for the cold, sleighing, etc.

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Dec. 2: Book fair at Barnes & Noble

Come out and support FASP on Saturday, December 2nd between 10AM de 5PM!

The book fair is a fun, family event sponsored by the Parents’ Association. 20% of sales made using the book fair ID 12022017 goes towards our school. Plus, families have a chance to donate books for our school libraries too.

Book fair 2017

 

What can I buy at the Barnes & Noble FASP Book Fair?
Anything you’d expect to see at a book store: books, CDs, DVDs, etc. Consider purchasing a book from the school’s wish list to be donated to the school library for all students to use. Toys and games: B&N has a wide variety of toys and educational games for kids through age 12, including a good selection of Lego sets. Coffee, tea, snacks and lunch: The café at the book store offers a full café menu. The school will earn the rewards from food purchases at the café, too. B&N gift cards are also available.

When you make your purchases, make sure you mention the FASP book fair ID 12022017.

What is the schedule for the day ?
We have lots of activities to keep you entertained while you are in the store!
10:30 – Story Time in French with Amélie
10:30 – Face painting (until 1pm)
1:00 – Story time with Gina Cascone & Bree Sheppard
2:00 – FASP Choir performance Grades 1-8
2:30 – Learn to sketch superheroes
3:00 – Origami craft
4:00 – Keychain craft

What if I can’t be at the Book Fair on December 2nd?
You can still participate by making your purchases online at www.bn.com from December 2 – December 7. When you check out, please reference the FASP Book fair ID 12022017

Please tell your friends and family to stop by on December 2 or shop online using the code. Attached is a coupon to pass around.

Remember to wear your FASP T-Shirts!

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