Our preschool program begins at 3 years old and is play-based with an emphasis on language acquisition. We focus on the development of fine and gross motor skills through targeted activities that are thematic and connect to the students’ developmental milestones. Through play our students learn skills and investigate problems. They develop solutions and build their independence skills. Routines and expectations are clear and consistent which help students become successful. In the classroom, on the playground, through experiences with friends they are continually learning by doing. They come to memorize typical tasks, learn fundamental concepts like letter recognition and counting and how to communicate through writing.
Health and safety have always been our paramount concern at FASNY. If children are not healthy or do not feel safe, they cannot learn. We have created a community here that takes care of our students so they can grow and take risks. Most of our staff is conversationally bilingual and each preschool class team consists of four teachers - a lead French teacher, a lead English teacher and two assistant teachers. Our French Language specialist works with every team as well to provide linguistic support to all of our students. Among our Well-Being team, we also have a full time nurse, a librarian, a school counselor and a speech therapist as well as additional support staff for transitions, outdoor play and special projects.