Activities are designed for children up to the age of three. Each 50-minute session, meeting once a week, is centered around carefully selected Hungarian nursery rhymes and songs accompanying games, all with the active participation of parents. Each meeting provides quality interactive time engaging both parent and child!
The main goal in our nursery group is to instill a sense of joy in our little students when it comes to using their Hungarian language skills. Our teachers strive to achieve this through providing a fun learning environment that includes various play-centered activities, such as story time, traditional and seasonal art projects, folk songs and folk dancing.
In kindergarten, our little learners are introduced to the Hungarian alphabet and they work on expanding their vocabulary as well. Through various play-based activities, children are introduced to Hungarian folk art and traditions and they learn to follow multi-step instructions as well.
Building on what children learned in Kindergarten, first graders work primarily on learning how to read and write (cursive) in Hungarian. At this level, most of our students can speak the language correctly and with ease. They spend time on each and every letter and have their own textbooks and workbooks as well.
Most students enter second grade with solid reading and writing skills. The curriculum is divided into thematic sections and it is designed to grow more challenging as the school year progresses. Besides reading and writing, second graders continue to learn about Hungarian traditions, customs as well as holidays. Through these, they are introduced to the basic cultural, geographical and historical concepts of the region as well.
Most third graders speak Hungarian fluently and they participate in advanced language-based activities, such as being introduced to poems and texts written by well-known Hungarian poets and authors. They are encouraged to participate in poem recitals and school plays as well. By celebrating all national and traditional holidays, such as Marcius 15th, “Farsang” or “Szuret”, we aim to instill a sense of joy in our students with regards to the Hungarian language, culture as well as their own identity as Hungarian Americans.
In this grade the children continue to build on the foundations of lower grades and delve into the basic geographical, cultural and historical concepts that influence the region. They engage in various language-based activities, such as being introduced to classic Hungarian texts and poems, as well as playing board games such as Scrabble – in Hungarian, of course.
The curriculum in our upper school classroom, which covers subjects such as literature, history, geography and traditional customs is geared towards preparing our students for the Hungarian Scouts’ “Knowledge of Hungary” exam as well.