programs

2017-2018 Enrichment Schedule

The Cottage School is happy to offer a selection of enrichment classes again this coming semester. If you are interested in any of our enrichment classes, please download and fill out this form and mail payment to PO Box 275, Gladstone, New Jersey by Friday, December 15th. The prices and dates are as follows:

Morning Wake-Up Enrichment

Taught by Nicolás Chiti, a physical education professor from Argentina, Morning Wake-Up class meets before school and teaches children a physical education through a variety of exercises, active games, and creative movement. Nicolás Chiti is a visiting teacher who studied and received his degree from Universidad Nacional de la Plata (National University of La Plata). He is currently pursuing his postgraduate degree in "Rehabilitation through Exercise" at the Facultad de Ciencias Médicas (Faculty of medical sciences) and has experience working as a teacher of physical education in elementary schools and high schools in the city of La Plata, Argentina.

Dates: 1/9/18 to 3/9/18
$360 Spring Session (2 classes per week)
Tuesdays/Thursdays: 8:00 to 8:30am

Mandarin Language Immersion Classes

Dates: 1/10/17 - 3/7/17, and 3/28/17
$200 Spring Session  (1 class per week)
Wednesdays: 2:30 to 3:00 pm

Russian Language Immersion Classes for Adults
Dates: 01/29/18 to 05/17/18
$400 per semester (1 class per week)
Wednesdays: 1:15pm to 2:00pm 

Spanish Language Immersion Classes

Dates: 01/29/18 to 05/17/18
$400 per semester (1 class per week)
Tuesday: 4:30 to 5:15 pm
M/T/W or Thur: 1:30 to 2:15 pm
or M/T/W or Thur: 2:15 to 3:00 pm

Private classes: $60 (45 min)

Spanish Language Immersion Enrichment Program

Dates: 01/29/18 to 05/17/18
Mondays through Thursday: 1:30 to 2:15 pm or 2:15 to 3:00 pm - $1200 per semester
Mondays through Wednesdays: 1:30 to 2:15 pm or 2:15 to 3:00 pm - $900 per semester


About The Cottage School Programs

Foreign Language Immersion Program

Foreign Language Immersion Program: In our program, children learn a foreign language by singing folk songs, play-acting, art activities, traditional games, writing and drawing in books and reading aloud original prose, poetry and folktales. The teacher speaks only in the foreign language in much the same way a mother would at home. This natural approach to learning also helps students master other foreign languages later in life. Our teachers are native language speakers and we work with small groups of children.

If we look at the process of how children learn their mother tongue or how a person learns a foreign language in a new country (without previous knowledge of the local language), the first ability developed is the “understanding of the language”. “Speaking” follows and afterwards “reading and writing”. Therefore, in our Foreign Language Immersion Classes the first goal is “the understanding” by getting the children used to listening to a new language. The second goal is “the speaking” by encouraging the children to speak even if it is broken words.

At the end of the year, the children present a play to their parents. In preparation for the play, the children understand, read, listen and finally memorize the lines of the tale in order to “speak”. Within a playful atmosphere, children not only learn in a natural way but also their enthusiasm for learning is kept alive and it promotes an interest in foreign language for lifetime learning.

In foreign language immersion, the focus of instruction is on the activity and not in the structure of the language. Children who are immersed in the language are able to experience a living-language. The structure is absorbed in a meaningful context. Grammar is absorbed naturally and taught as the understanding of the language develops.


If you would like to participate in any of these programs, please download and fill out the
registration form
.