Studies show that bilingual hands-on learning is especially effective because students can acquire new knowledge from physical experience and language simultaneously, allowing the two to become more intricately and meaningfully associated in the brain. In fact, Fred Genesee, a well-respected researcher in the field of bilingualism at McGill University, specifically states that “cooperative learning, peer coaching, and other … interactive, student-centered classrooms are more likely to yield the full benefits of bilingual education than those that are teacher-centered” (Genesee, 2008).
Student-led, experiential, cooperative learning with older and younger classroom peers are the hallmarks of a quality Montessori education. Thus, with the intention of providing children with the best possible foundation for their formative years, preschool students at Emerson Academy (from 18 months to 5 years of age) will receive their Montessori education each day in both English and French.
By creating an enriched, bilingual, Montessori curriculum in this fashion, Emerson Academy succeeds in giving your child the best of both worlds.
The Best of Both Worlds