The FAA Olympics is back!

International Preschool in Jersey City

On Wednesday, May 31 and Thursday, June 1, all of our Pre-K/Kindergarten students and elementary students enjoyed participating in 3 hours of teamwork, sportsmanship, and physical fitness during our Annual FAA Olympic games.  Bringing the Olympic spirit to FAA Our maternelle Olympics, in which students from Pre-K2 to Kindergarten participated on May 31, featured fun […]

Our Child-Centered Communication Strategy

Child-centered school

At the French American Academy, we believe that communication among parents, teachers, and the school administration is absolutely essential for the well-being of each child. Using the Responsive Classroom approach to parent communication, we make every effort to ensure that each parent/guardian has the knowledge and information they need about their children’s academic and social […]

6 Tips for Fostering Independence and Autonomy in Children

“I can do it myself!” As parents and teachers, we all recognize and celebrate the look of pride when a child confidently declares, “I did it myself!”. Instilling and nurturing a sense of independence in young children is one of the best ways to ensure a successful transition into preschool and from there into elementary […]

Bilingual Parents’ Breakfasts

At the French American Academy, a unique feature of our school year is when students invite their parents into our classes for a breakfast showcasing bilingual projects. Our bilingual lessons, when teachers and students collaborate in French and English to create projects that emphasize knowledge building and language sharing, are some of the most worthwhile […]

15 Ways to Facilitate Your Child’s Transition to Writing

Fine Motor Skills

Developing and refining motor skills is an essential component of child development. From the moment an infant starts grasping things in their chubby fists (a dangly earring, your nostrils and hair, their siblings’ toys…), they are improving their dexterity and building strength. This work continues naturally throughout their toddler years, through playing, drawing, eating, and […]

Pen Pal Exchanges with French Schools

pen pals

Bilingualism, among its many other benefits, “unlocks” the world for our students. Growing up speaking both French and English, they are better able to access both anglophone and francophone countries and cultures across the globe. To take advantage of these linguistic abilities, teachers in some of our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes at our Jersey City […]