What is the Greek Saturday School Program?
The Greek Saturday School Program is a specially designed Greek School for Greek American children learning Greek as a second language.
 
What and where does it meet?
The Greek Saturday School Program takes place every Saturday morning from 9:00-12:30 at St. Haralambos Aristotle Greek School.
 
What type of curriculum is offered through the program?
As in most foreign language programs, the four language skills (writing, reading, listening, and speaking) are an integral part of the school curriculum; however, a great deal of emphasis is placed on conversation.
 
What is the best age for my child to begin attending Greek School?
Many experts agree that the earlier a child is introduced to a second language, the greater the chances are that the child will become truly proficient in the language.
 
Will learning Greek interfere with my child’s English ability?
Not at all! In most cases, learning another language enhances a child’s English ability.
 
Will my child become confused learning a new alphabet?
No. We are very careful of introducing the alphabet and writing skills at the appropriate stage and age.

Does the Greek Saturday School Program have grade levels?
The program consists of five levels…Level I, Level II, Level III, Level IV, Level V.  Within each level there are sublevels.

How will my child be placed?
Children are placed within levels according to age, grade, and proficiency. We continue to monitor all classes and children throughout the year. If a child advances or needs to be placed in a different level, we will correct this immediately.

My child is ten years old and has never attended Greek School. Is it too late to enroll him/her?
No. While we suggest enrolling children at an earlier age, we have had a number of students in this situation. The child will be placed in a lower level and through special tutoring we will try to bring the child up to the level of other classmates his/her age.

What are the qualifications of the teachers that teach the Greek Saturday School Program?
Our teachers are bilingual Greek-American teachers with much experience in American elementary schools and a fluent command of the Greek language.

How much Greek can my child learn?
It depends on a number of factors. First, the child must have reinforcement at home. It is impossible to learn any foreign language by studying it only three hours a week. Second, the child needs the support of the home environment. Whereas the GSL program aims at motivating all children, we also need the help of the parents.

Will my children have homework?
All classes get a minimum amount of homework as reinforcement. However, we understand that many children are involved in other activities and therefore try to limit the amount of work that is sent home.

What type of books does the Greek Saturday School Program use?
Textbooks that have been written for Greek as a second language acquisition.

What is so different about the Greek Saturday School Program?
Our philosophy: we want our children to learn to love and appreciate their beautiful Greek heritage and culture. Our goal is to make Greek learning enjoyable.

Will my child learn to Greek dance?
In addition to our language academics all classes participate in dance, music, Greek cooking, religion, arts and crafts, mythology, history, and more.

Did I hear that the Greek Saturday School goes on field trips?
Yes, this is true. Once a year (usually in November) we try to arrange a field trip if there is parent interest.  The trip will be coordinated with a Greek theme such as pottery, a museum, a Greek restaurant, etc.


At what age do the students finish attending Greek Saturday School?
It depends. Usually around 7th or 8th grade of American School.

What about computers?
This year, we are going to use software that has introductory lessons in language, and fun programs and games for the children to play.  Children can practice and have fun with what they know with colors, food, time, everyday objects, sentences and other basics.   Next year, we will introduce software that will correspond with what they are currently using.  The software, called  Asterias from Greece, is currently being developed.
 


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