help families of Greek and non Greek ancestry and backgrounds
raise bilingual children, starting at an early age, by
offering a challenging, high quality, and developmentally
provide a learning environment enriched by the teaching of the
Greek Language, History, Culture, Faith where each student
develops his or her own talents and potential to the fullest.
reinforce cultural awareness and to instill a sense of pride
in younger generations by promoting Greek language and
encourage the preservation of the Greek ethnic heritage in the
diverse and multicultural American society.
To create a school community of people who value Greek
Paideia and create a partnership with the School so the
above mission statements are met.
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY & METHODOLOGY
Greek through language arts, creative arts, music and play.
naturals at language learning: their lack of inhibition and
adaptability makes it easier for them to pick up sounds and
words. During the earliest years of a child’s life the most
significant brain development takes place. The plasticity of
a child’s brain is at its maximum. The interest of children
to know the world is also the motive for learning. When
children feel safe in a stimulating environment, they want to
explore it with their senses, develop ideas and structure
As a parent, you are offering your child a life-long advantage
by exposing him/her to a foreign language at an early age.
Besides providing a head start for their future language
learning and building their self-confidence, they benefit from
a proven boost to scholastic performance in other subject
areas by developing their learning skills.
Language is to
be taught hand in hand with culture. Our curriculum draws from
the Modern Greek culture, rich Hellenic and Greek Orthodox
heritage and traditions to compliment the home by promoting
optimal cognitive, physical, social, and emotional
development. Greek 4 Kids operates on the philosophy
that young children learn best through direct sensory
experiences that encourage self-expression. The School
provides experiences to meet children's needs and stimulate
learning in all developmental areas - physical, social,
emotional, and intellectual. Its philosophy draws upon the
best practices of the child-development tradition in early
childhood education. Play is a major component of the
program, combined with activities such as: storytelling,
reading stories, arts and crafts, music and creative movement,
singing, puppetry, games.
Greek 4 Kids takes into consideration the individuality of
each child, interests and needs. The School places special
emphasis on social and language development in two languages
and sets as objectives the intellectual and
emotional development of children with classroom experiences
that will help them realize their full potential in learning
Emphasis is given on communication - that is,
students are encouraged to express themselves in Greek.
Grammar is a tool, but not a goal.
Research shows that children have the mental flexibility to
acquire a new language with a native or near-native accent,
provided that they have native teachers as models. Greek 4
Kids’ teachers are native speakers of Greek. Therefore,
students are always in contact with authentic Greek and
excellent pronunciation, presented in a participatory
The School uses authentic teaching materials developed for the
teaching of Greek as a second or foreign language.
Older children use age and level appropriate textbooks and
worksheets targeting their interests and abilities.
Since young children have a rather short attention span and
learn best when they are actively involved in physical
activities the curriculum is structured to provide ample
opportunities for movement and oral practice.
are always encouraged to participate in simple conversations,
both teacher-to-child and child-to-child.
For children to become engaged, classes must be fun and fast
moving. Children need to be constantly stimulated and alert.
Activities are selected to appeal to different learning
styles: listening to stories, coloring pictures, manipulating
objects, mimicking and acting out songs, playing language
games, identifying flash cards, and (for older children)
learning to read and write. Teachers use communicative games
and primary school techniques for a practical and fun use of
Criteria for class placement are
age and competencies in all fields of communication.
Kids is committed to working with family to help each child
reach his/her potential. It offers a structured,
yet fun teaching approach for young children,
ranging from toddlers to 12 years, to learn Modern Greek in a
stimulating classroom setting. Instruction of Traditional
Greek Folk Dances aims to supplement language instruction.
The Program also
offers a unique opportunity to kids who do not practice Greek
home to start learning a new language from an early age and to
kids who speak Greek home to get the opportunity to use it in
a social and “classroom” like context.
A variety of
activities aim to tickle different senses (hearing, touch,
vision) and expose children to Greek children’s folk culture
in the form of games, songs, prayers, rhymes, music, hands-on
activities. Children practice listening and talking while
socializing. The class is conducted primarily in Greek to
help them enhance their comprehension. Kids learn naturally,
not by translating. First they hear, then they understand,
and finally they speak. Comprehension always exceeds fluency
and speaking will eventually be spontaneous. The classroom
themes and materials have been carefully chosen to intrigue
the children's mind and encourage progress at their own pace.
emphasizes fun and play. Limits are made clear and defined.
Lesson plans are adapted to each age group and the
developmental capacity of each child. Material used in class
is authentic. A nurturing environment enhances children’s
self-esteem and curiosity, promotes independence, creativity,
desire to explore the world through imagination, while
encouraging them to develop a strong sense of pride and
Learning is to
take place in a natural, unpressured way by singing, inventing
a wide range of games, hopping to an object, watching puppets
do exaggerated gestures, drawing, scribbling, use of magnet
boards, and so much more. Every child can learn Greek when
having fun. It is no different than learning how to speak
English, just a little extra stimulation is needed.
languages is also learning two cultures. It means learning
how to ACT in two different cultures. Through arts, drama,
music, children become culturally diverse by ACTING Greek,
imitating hand gestures, vocal intonations, facial
6 months –2.5 years old
In the first 15 months of a baby’s life, the synapses of the
brain begin to form at a tremendous rate. They initially have
neurons that are from all the languages in the world, but if
these neurons aren’t used soon enough, they are lost. Infants
and young toddlers learn differently from older children.
Babies are becoming very social creatures, so engaging and
delighting them by reading and singing or playing games. They
display a remarkably high receptivity to music. Texture and
feel of objects are also important at this age of
In this class babies and young toddlers
will familiarize themselves with the sounds of the Greek
language (use of vocabulary building songs, nursery rhymes,
musical rhythms, folklore songs, tactile materials).
will absorb the language by watching, listening and then when
they are ready speaking their first words. Children truly
learn only when their emotions are engaged.
Emphasis will be given on
movement, visual aids, big picture books with bold
illustrations in high-contrast colors.
the use of short descriptive phrases to introduce work-object
association to build early language skills. Babies begin to
babble and progressively understand the meaning of words and
that words are parts of sentences.
2-3.5 years old
Language is not
learned in isolation from other activities. It is physical
work for the child and there is connection of new words and
phrases to movement, emotions, even colors and rhythm to help
a child retain language. Children will be encouraged through
play to practice saying simple words and phrases (greetings,
answering questions about themselves, etc.)
familiarize themselves and be exposed to
the sounds of the Greek language, basic group words like
animals, fruit, colors, numbers, toys, objects from their
Folklore songs, dramatic play, card games, educational,
open-ended creative toys, finger plays, age appropriate arts &
crafts, flash cards.
musical instruments to develop verbal rhythm while acquiring
Learning takes place with interaction with teacher and other
children. Students benefit because they learn a new language
and build social skills. Emphasis will be given on oral
expression. They will be given opportunities to use phrases
and sentences. They will be involved in matching colors,
balancing and counting blocks, and recognizing letters of the
Greek Alphabet. This is the period when comprehension
includes abstract ideas like shapes and grammar skills
increase dramatically (i.e. they start using different
articles for the different genders of objects in Greek).
Imaginative play helps strengthen all areas of development and it
will have its place in class. By recreating an altering
real-life situations--- going to the store, giving shots to
stuffed animals, or staging a puppet show, the child masters
his/her emotions, gains confidence in his/her abilities, and
develops an understanding of how the world works.
4 years old and
Time to write
first letters and syllables in Greek! Children will be
prepared now to acquire the basic reading and writing skills
of the Greek language, learn basic group words like greetings,
parts of the body, things and concepts related to the house
and school, enrich vocabulary, etc. They will also develop
basic communication skills like introducing and talking about
themselves and their friends, identifying objects, carrying
out short dialogues, use complex sentence structure if able
All the activities will be designed to relate to target
vocabulary words and promote oral expression - Storytelling,
popular fairy tales, lively songs, music, dancing, drawing,
arts and crafts, puppets, flash cards, learn how to
count—mime, organized play, reading, acting out short stories,
participate in language-oriented games and activities to
familiarize themselves with the Greek print. Colorful and
visually appealing big books help children get started with
simple Greek reading and writing. They are invited to narrate
in their own words short stories or describe objects and
situations. Some stories and fairy tales will be repeated in
every class during circle time. This could be tiresome for a
parent or teacher, but repeating a story is good for
children. They get more chances to learn the story and to
develop long-term memory skills.
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The linguistic needs of children aged 7-12 continue to
revolve around its EGO and the relations of the EGO with the
MICROCOSM which surrounds it and within which it moves.
Subjects such as the house, the school, places of
entertainment, the town, the neighborhood, friends and
schoolmates, parties and holidays constitute the starting
points for the creation of language activities.
As language cannot be taught independently from the culture of
the country in which it is spoken, the following subjects will
be integrated into the curriculum:
Geography (Greece-The European Union), History (Greek War of
Independence), Mythology (Aesop’s Fables, Greek Heroes),
Morals and Customs (Christmas, New Year’s, Carnival, Easter),
Society (The everyday life of the Greek Family),
Music-Songs-Dances (traditional songs, rhythmical songs,
As children grow older they are being introduced to more complex
linguistic structures and the focus shifts to advancing
reading and writing skills. There will be using a variety of
oral and written material. Frequent assessment tests and
reviews are offered. Exercises will help them improve their
oral fluency and grasp of key grammatical rules. Student
portofolios will track a child’s progress throughout the