LIMA — A local educator has launched a bilingual preschool to help youngsters get a head start on learning a new language.
Madame Papillon Preschool, located at 406 S. Cable Road, is designed to help native and non-native English speakers become bilingual. The mission of the preschool is to “graduate students who are fully bilingual, to nurture peaceful citizens of the world and to foster a lifelong love of learning in every child,” according to a statement.
The preschool is run by Lilia Jmiai, a professor at Ohio State-Lima and Ohio Northern University. Jmiai said the school offers three languages — Spanish, Arabic and French — which were chosen by design.
“I know parents like Spanish for their kids, and also we had a lot of doctors and professors here in Lima with kids, and they speak Arabic,” Jmiai said, adding that she also teaches French at OSU and ONU. “Some of them are my friends, and they ask me about this. They want their kids to go to preschool where they can learn the original language of their countries.”
The preschool offers half- and full-day schooling for children ages 3 to 6. Jmiai said many of the lessons are one-on-one, and that she is flexible in terms of scheduling classes.
“We work with schedules because we know people are busy,” she said. “We try to find a schedule for everybody.”
The preschool’s first class of seven students started last week, but Jmiai said parents may call any time to enroll their children. For more details or to schedule a meeting, call 419-575-7500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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