“If the violin is the most perfect musical instrument, the Greek language is the violin of human thought.” —Helen Keller
From Aesop’s Fables to Zeus, Fantis students explore classical antiquity in increasingly more sophisticated ways. In Kindergarten, the amount of daily Greek language instruction
increases, as do the expectations and complexity of study. An early focus on speaking and listening fluency transitions to reading, writing and grammar. By the end of 4th grade, our students are able to reach Level A1 of the CEFR
. This means they can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and phrases, with the ability to interact in a simple way.
Songs, dance and games still permeate instruction at this level, however. Students role-play stories and situations, as well as write letters to pen pals in Greece. Technology is critical in delivering instruction that is engaging and personalized. Interactive online programs, video and mixed media enliven study, as students can experience the same classical myth through text, video and interactive games.
Greek language is not an admissions requirement. In fact, many top performing students are not Greek. Students with no Greek language experience enrolling after kindergarten are provided individualized language tutoring before entering school.