A look into Montessori Visions Academy’s French Immersion Program.
Written by Jennifer Cornett
I recently started the process of selecting the perfect preschool for my son. After doing hours of research and getting advice from trusted moms, I made a decision that was as easy as ABC and un, deux, trois!
The Montessori Visions Academy’s new French Immersion program completely amazed me. Montessori Visions is a Private Montessori College Preparatory School that instructs children from infancy through high school. Lead by Lori Bossy, the school is a member school of the American Montessori Society (AMS) and follows the true philosophy of Montessori education which includes multi-age classrooms where children learn at their own pace through a sequential curriculum with one-on-one lessons from teachers and hands-on materials so children can build independence, self-motivation, self-confidence, and a love of learning. The school maintains a 1-12 teacher-to-student ratio at the primary/kindergarten level and a maximum ratio of 1-15 at the elementary level.
Lori shares, “We value our good reputation and strive to offer the highest quality Montessori education for our students. We are very proud to have the opportunity to share our passion for Montessori education with like-minded families.” Montessori Visions currently has 150 students enrolled in the school from infancy through 12th grade.
The French Immersion program opened in January 2015 and was launched by Christelle Chamblas, director of the Academie Francophone de Las Vegas. Christelle says, “Language learning is definitely a natural process when children are young. Kids are really like sponges.” The French program utilizes Montessori materials with French vocabulary words as well as conversational French that takes place in the classroom with the teacher. All of the lessons—as well as circle activities, songs and games—are taught in French.
French Immersion is currently available for students age 2 years to 6 years old. Montessori Visions hopes to add French Immersion to the Lower Elementary (first-through-third grade) classroom in the fall pending support via enrollment.
Christelle adds, “It is very rewarding for the teachers to see that after only four months, the children start communicating in French and ask regularly ‘How do you say that in French?’” A proud parent of a French Immersion preschooler says, “My child comes home singing French songs, and I am so amazed!”
In addition to the French Immersion program, Montessori Visions will host several French summer camps in partnership with the Academie Francophone. To learn more about the summer camps offered as well as French activities for the whole family, visit aflasvegas.org.