Flics have now moved to their new location. I find that the school is not all what it claims to be. The school does not have enough teachers for each grade level. The curriculm of learning moves to fast for kindergarteners to grasp this new language and style of teaching. Sometimes the communcation between the teachers can be difficult because it is hard to understand them.
This is my first year at F.l.i.c.s., and my child is being taught all the required english for the semester at one time. Then the class moves on to all the math required for the semester, etc. My child & I find this a bit overwhelming, she feels the work is being thrown at her in school. So when she arrives home I find myself working with her on a daily basis, reviewing concepts and teaching her myself. I am not sure this is what I'd like to keep doing til the 5th grade. I wasn't prepared for the reality of the immersion concept. Most of the teachers have accents that take time to get accustomed to, which slows down the learning process for new students just entering the school. The tutoring available for her language costs $25.00 per week, the other languages are free. I hope my child survives this transition.
I feel that FLICS is an exceptional school, but with any learning experience for children parents have to do their part. Children learn from their environment first, meaning teach your kids the fundamentals at home. How to play fair, respect the rights of others, how to respect those in authority, pay attention, and accept challenges. Teachers have their part as educators, but parents know first hand if their child is prepare for a immersion study program. Foreign teachers have different cultures, and teaching techniques, than American educators. FLICS is a challenge, just as any others tool for learning. Work with you child, and teach, and appreciate the opportunity.
I went to this school K-3, and I really enjoyed this school. It had a great idea but it just didn't have the funding, at least when I went there, to properly excute the goals that they set. I want my children to go to a school just like this one. I feel that this school did wonders for me as a child cause it allowed me to not believe that English is the only language to know, it allowed me to be more culturally open and diverse.
My children attended from K-2nd. Kindergarden and 1st grades were good; 2nd grade has been horrible. Good Theory, poor practice. I feel this year was a waste to my children and fear they lack in a lot of areas.
I have a child that has been going to this school since the kindergarten, she is in the Spanish curriculum. I really like the fact that the curriculum has foreign language, that is four different languages, Spanish, French, Japanese and Chinese. I also like the fact that the teachers are from the native countries. I also like the fact that the principal is allowing the children to be individuals. I am proud to be a parent of a student that has more than one language learned.
I have one child in Japanese, one in Spanish and a neice and nephew in the French program. The school also offers chinese. The children are taught in the language solely most of the day. My sons are practically fluent. This school is one of the best kept secrets of the Detroit public School system. Parents say they want to prepare there children for a gobal economy and a world of diversity. What better way to do so? My children are nearly fluent in a language at 6 and 7 years old and are taught the culture as well! This school is excellent!
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