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Title: French Immersion Information Evening January 7, 2010 William Reid School 7:00 PM


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French Immersion Information EveningJanuary 7,
2010William Reid School700 PM
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Agenda
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • The French Immersion Program
  • French in the Kindergarten Classroom
  • Grade One entry to French Immersion
  • Family Testimonial
  • Transportation Information
  • Registration and Boundaries
  • Questions??
  • 10. Classroom visits

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The French Immersion Program
  • French Immersion is the most predominant
    alternative language program within the Calgary
    Board of Education.
  • It is designed for students whose first language
    is not French!
  • French is used as the language of instruction
    over fifty percent of the instructional day,
    beginning in Kindergarten or Grade 1 and
    continuing through to Grade 12.
  • The Program is offered in
  • 12 Elementary Schools
  • 8 Jr. High/Middle Schools
  • 4 High Schools

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The French Immersion Program
  • The long term goals of the French Immersion
    Program at all levels are
  • Functional fluency in French
  • Understanding and appreciation of French culture.
  • Full mastery of the English Language

5
The French Immersion Program
  • Early French Immersion Program
  • Entry points Kindergarten Grade 1 Previous
    French experience is not required and parents do
    not need to know the language
  • Proportion of French to English
  • Kindergarten, Grade 1 and 2 90 - 100 French
  • (English is not formally taught)
  • Grades 3-6 70-80 French
  • (English Language Arts is formally introduced in
    Grade 3)
  • Subjects taught in French
  • Grade 7, 8 9 French Language Arts,
    Mathematics, Science
  • Social Studies
  • Grade 10, 11 12 French Language Arts,
    Mathematics Social Studies

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The French Immersion Program
  • Late French Immersion Program
  • Entry point - Grade 7 Previous French experience
    is not required and parents do not need to know
    the language
  • Subjects taught in French
  • Grade 7, 8 9 French Language Arts,
    Mathematics, Science Social Studies
  • Grade 10, 11 12 French Language Arts,
    Mathematics Social Studies

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Supporting your child in French Immersion
  • Is French Immersion for your child?
  • French Immersion is suitable for almost all
    children.
  • Flags to watch for are weak language development
    in the childs first language or trouble learning
    and discriminating sounds.
  • Every situation is unique home/school
    communication is key.
  • Canadian Parents for French (CPF).
    www.cpfalta.ab.ca

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French Immersion Kindergarten Program
  • Kindergarten addresses all dimensions of a
    childs development. It builds upon what children
    have already learned in their home and community
    settings. In Kindergarten, children explore and
    experiment with their environment and learn how
    to interact with others. This helps them to value
    themselves as capable and competent learners.
  • Kindergarten is a half-day program.
  • Class sizes vary. Our target ratio is 17
    students to one teacher.

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FRENCH IMMERSION KINDERGARTEN AT-A -GLANCE
Early Literacy
Creative Expression
Physical Skills and Well Being
Personal and Social Responsibility
French Language is the filter through which a
childs learning takes place
Citizenship and Identity
Environment and Community Awareness
Early Numeracy
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French Immersion Kindergarten Program
  • The program offers children opportunities to
  • develop skills in language arts, science,
    mathematics, social studies and the fine arts
  • develop decision-making skills
  • enhance personal and social responsibility
  • communicate effectively
  • demonstrate their knowledge in different ways

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French Immersion Kindergarten Program
  • In the French Immersion classroom you will see
  • French print materials on charts on the walls
  • Shelves displaying assorted French language books
  • A variety of language activities supported by
    visuals and mime
  • Computers with French software

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French Immersion Kindergarten Program
  • A Typical Day
  • Le tapis Carpet Time
  • Daily Activity
  • Literacy,
  • Mathematics,
  • Art
  • Science,
  • Social Studies
  • Le gymnase, la musique, la bibliothèque
  • La collation
  • Les centres
  • La maison

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Les Centres
  • Dramatic Play
  • Language Development
  • Mathematics
  • Fine Motor
  • Computer

14
Learning to Read
  • Reading is developmental
  • Reading to your child is very important
  • Continue to read to your child in English (but do
    not feel you need to teach them to read in
    English)

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Reading with your Child
  • Continue to read to your child in English
  • English and French books have many similarities
  • Left to right progression
  • Groups of letters form words
  • Groups of words form sentence
  • Same alphabet
  • Sounds correspond to letters
  • There are similarities and differences between
    words
  • Consonants are essentially the same ( vowel
    sounds are different)
  • Beginning , middle and end to stories
  • Correct way to hold a book and track print
  • Pictures provide clues

16
Grade One Entry to French Immersion
  • A number of students enter the program in Grade 1
  • Previous knowledge of French is not required
  • Students are successful
  • Additional language support is provided if
    necessary

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Transportation
  • Bussing is provided both ways if you live outside
    our walk limit.
  • The cost of bussing for this year is 165 for the
    year. Fees for next year will be determined in
    the spring.
  • Once your child is in Grade One French Immersion,
    you need to pay the bussing fee, but you do not
    need to pay lunchroom fees.
  • Bussing is provided based on your home address.
    If your child will be attending a daycare or
    dayhome, they will be able to access the closest
    stop, but a bus stop will not be created for
    them.
  • Forms for bussing will be available in late May
    or early June. If they are not available at the
    spring orientation meetings, they will be mailed
    out to you.
  • Safety is very important to us!
  • Steps are taken to ensure Kindergarten students
    make their way between the bus and their entry
    door safely.
  • Bus drivers are not permitted to drop off a
    Kindergarten student if there is not an adult at
    the bus stop. If no one is there, the bus will
    return the child to the school.

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Registration
  • Children who turn four years old on or before
    March 1, 2010 can begin Kindergarten in
    September 2010.
  • Register your child for Kindergarten by visiting
    the school.
  • Registration begins on January 12th at 900 and
    is ongoing.
  • You will need to provide proof of your child's
    name, date of birth, and citizenship. Only the
    following documents are accepted
  • Birth Certificate
  • Canadian Citizenship Certificate
  • Passport
  • Record of Landing
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Court Order
  • You will also need to bring information that
    confirms your address (e.g. a driver's license or
    telephone bill).

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