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French immersion preschool & kindergarten

By Caitlin Hoffman

Looking for a unique experience for your preschool- or kindergarten-aged child? Check out La Maison des Enfants–a French immersion program offered by the The University of Utah at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex. Monika Jalil, the program director, says the inspiration behind this program was her own young son. Scientists tell us that learning a second language changes the brain structure and improves future performance and Jalil wanted her child to spend time immersed in the French language before entering elementary school. “The gift of language is one of the greatest we give to our children,” Jalil says. In the immersion program young students learn through a variety of activities including stories, songs, writing, math, art, dance, and exercise with occasional special musical performances.

The French preschool is already full for the 2017-18 school year, and the French kindergarten is expected to be full very soon.

All interested families should arrange a school visit. Registration for the Fall 2017 school year goes to the end of this month.

To schedule a visit contact the program director: The preschool is located on the campus of The University of Utah at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex, 1721 Campus Center Dr.

— Caitlin Hoffman-Haws

This article was originally published on April 6, 2017.