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Academics: Our language blocks are multi-age, based on language level, and incorporate native text books. Block units in math, geography, culture, history, science, cooking, health, traditional music, and the arts are also conducted in the target language.
We have occasional special guest speakers for cultural days, with guest lecturers sharing the cultures, cuisine, arts, crafts, and histories of their native countries. Music incorporates traditional and non-traditional French and Spanish songs and involves community service, with visits to sing to residents of Windsor Care Memory Center. Our end of year assemblies have included Ravel's Children's Opera L'enfant et les sortileges, put on by our entire student body in French; a traditional French "Guignol" musical puppet show; and fairy tale productions in Spanish.
Recess: While many schools are reducing or eliminating recess and play, we offer morning and afternoon recess or active periods everyday throughout elementary and middle school. These periods are an average of 30 minutes, but we are flexible enough to extend the time if we feel students need to get out some extra energy, or just if it is a lovely day outside. There are so many articles on the benefits of play. For just a few see below. "The physical educators' society recommends at least one 20-minute recess daily. The CDC and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture recommend recess shortly before lunch, as this appears to result in children eating more fruits and vegetables..."
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