To see, explore, and understand themselves, their environment, and the people around them from two perspectives. These are the gifts we strive to instill every day in our bilingual Maternelle program, providing expansive learning experiences as students journey, wide-eyed, through their first years of school.
Our Maternelle curriculum leans heavily on the scholastic depth of the French full-day program, blending in the play-based approaches of the best US early learning systems. Each classroom is composed of a small, intimate group of students, led by a pair of rigorously-trained, well-loved teachers, one a native English-speaker, the other a native French-speaker. Together, they provide a fully-immersive and highly-stimulating bilingual experience that engages the whole child. The latest communication technology tools then empower parents to share in their child’s excitement and reinforce what they have learned through at-home activities.
Able to move between moments
The early years of education are when children are most receptive to bilingual learning when developing minds are most flexible and fluid. Our Maternelle program embraces and amplifies this innate capability, asking our young students to explore the early “pre-skills” of reading, writing, math, and science, as well as art, music, theater, sports, technology, and even free play, while moving between the French and English languages, enhancing their life-long ability to adapt to ever-changing environments.
Ready to share and care with everyone
Surrounded with classmates of wide-ranging nationality, our Maternelle students’ emerging emotional, social, and physical understanding of themselves and how they fit into the world is shaped by people and perspectives from places other than their own. Connecting through two shared languages, they discover, even at this young age, what it means to be part of a respectful, supportive community—one they see modeled every day by the administrators, teachers, parents, and even older students around them, who work together in both formal activities and informal gatherings to create an enjoyable environment for everyone.
Eager to embrace each new day
From the design of our curriculum to the culture of our community, our bilingual Maternelle program aspires to create early education that is full of exploration, accomplishment, and joy. So that our youngest students are as excited and ready for the school day to come as they are for their next step—The École’s Elementary school.
Questions about our Maternelle curriculum?
If you’re interested in learning more about our early learning curriculum for Maternelle students, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re very proud of our program and would love to answer any questions you may have or discuss in more detail how your child can benefit from a bilingual education at The École.