The French program at Maple Street is informed by what is best for the child in terms of learning language. Increasingly, research shows that interacting with language in meaningful ways is what makes it stick in your head. In order to improve their level of proficiency, children need to engage with the language in a way that awakens the language-processing part of their brains. This is similar to, but not identical to, how they learned their first language. In French lessons at Maple Street, the language which students are exposed to is carefully planned for maximum but varied repetition of essential vocabulary and concepts while simultaneously focusing on age-appropriate tasks, topics, and activities that appeal to children.
Spanish officially became a language of study at Maple Street School in the fall of 2017. Fanning Hearon, current Head of School, is the founding teacher of this program and current instructor for the 7th and 8th grade classes.
In order to better prepare our graduates for the variety of language offerings at Burr and Burton and other top prep schools, we believe that Spanish is the logical language choice for program expansion at Maple Street.