As They See Us…

„If I want to be concise, I would say that this is a program, in which children are taught in Hungarian during the morning hours and have activities in an American-style daycare during the afternoons (20 hours weekly). All of this takes place in a prestigious building, where personal attention and care is given at a unique level. The school’s director has made some amazing achievments and efforts in the past few years and her devotion is especially remarkable. Because foreign language teaching does not effect or happen at the expense of the school’s daily curriculum, the school management has decided to use the two so-called free-to-use weekly lessons for an extra Hungarian grammar and mathematics lesson. After lunch, the children do not have any lessons and they complete their homeworks in groups with the help of a Hungarian teacher.
In my opinion, this program is a pleasant transition between the kindergarten and school systems. During the afternoon activities the children can again have some time to play and have the familiar feel of kindergarten, while during the morning hours they learn and study hard with the help of some excellent teachers.
The English speaking teachers are not only native English speakers living in Hungary, but are also specialized teachers of young children. The American program is not at all a spontaneous, improvisation, but rather a complexly program put together, allowing for drama games, sports, arts, and creativity to take place. If that weren’t enough, there is also a health-day once a week, on which the children, together with the teachers, create a healthy snack or dish, which they can enjoy eating together at the end of the day. (for example, the little spiders made from walnuts, pretzel sticks and raisins).
How can all this take place? (You may wonder how all this could take place-) There is a program in America, which has been working for many years, (called BGAC), which a dedicated mother, Mónika Horváth, has brought to Hungary. There is an excellently managed educational facility, and at the moment, there are 20 goal-orianted families’ children. Obviously this program cannot exist in a tution-free way, but the low fee can even be paid in monthly installments. I don’t wish to go into detail about the business part of the program, but as a side note, private kindergartens and schools, cost at least twice this amount monthly.
Our class has gotten a beautiful, spacious classroom in the new and seperated wing of the school building. The school provides a club room for us, where there are toys, beanbags, and an interactive board to further enrich the children’s learning experience. There is a kitchen located next to the classroom, in which the children have the chance to cook, bake, or even grow some kitchen herbs as they like. There is also a gym on this floor, which provides an excellent opportunity to incorporate English learning through games, physical activities and sports. Due to the coordinated and synchronized work of several teachers five days a week, even the children with minimal or no previous English knowledge have developed their English skills and are imroving beautifully. They happily attend school daily, whilst learning English in a playful manner. They are enriched with great pronounciation, authentic expressions and a great deal of fun experiences. They will start learning to read and write in English in the third grade, but to be honest, I am very happy, that at the age of 8, they are not graded based on their ability to spell a word like sausages. Being an English teacher myself, I can clearly see how difficult it can be to learn a language with traditional methods.”
Mother of a student in class 1.a.