Pour voir, explorer et comprendre, par eux-mêmes, leur environnement et ceux qui les entourent à travers une double perspective. Ce sont des dons que nous sommes fiers d’insuffler chaque jour dans notre programme bilingue en Maternelle, pour apporter les expériences d’un apprentissage global et ouvrir grands les yeux de nos étudiants dès les premières années d’école et durant toute leur scolarité.

Notre programme en Maternelle s’inspire fortement de la profondeur du modèle d’apprentissage scolaire français avec des journées complètes, y associant les approches plus ludiques du système d’enseignement Américain. Chaque classe se compose d’un petit groupe d’étudiants guidé par deux enseignants soigneusement préparés et très appréciés des élèves, l’un étant Anglophone et l’autre Francophone. Ensemble, ils créent une expérience de complète immersion bilingue et hautement stimulante qui passionne l’enfant. Les toutes dernières technologies de communication permettent ensuite aux parents de partager l’enthousiasme de leur enfants et de renforcer ce qu’il a appris à travers des activités à la maison.

Des esprits agiles

Capables de s’adapter instantanément

Les enfants sont particulièrement réceptifs à l’enseignement bilingue durant les toutes premières années de leur éducation, lorsque leurs esprits sont souples et flexibles. Notre programme de Maternelle embrasse et amplifie cette capacité innée, en demandant à nos jeunes étudiants d’explorer leurs compétences précoces en lecture, écriture, mathématiques et science, ainsi qu’en art, musique, théâtre, sports, technologie et même en jeu libre, tout en passant entre le Français et l’Anglais, ce qui déploie leurs capacités, pour toute leur vie, à s’adapter aux environnements sans cesse en évolution.

Des cœurs ouverts

Prêts à apprécier et partager avec chacun

Chez nos élèves de Maternelle, entourés de camarades de toutes nationalités, la connaissance de soi et de son environnement ainsi que l’intelligence émotionnelle, sociale et physique en cours d’apparition se structurent dans le rapport aux autres à des perspectives différentes des leurs. En se connectant les uns aux autres à travers deux langues communes, ils découvrent, même à cet âge très jeune, ce qu’appartenir à une communauté respectueuse et solidaire signifie. La même que celle qu’ils observent autour d’eux chez les administrateurs, les enseignants, les parents ainsi que les étudiants plus âgés, qui tous travaillent ensemble à travers des activités ou des rassemblements formels et informels pour créer un environnement agréable pour tous.

Des avenirs brillants

Désireux d’embrasser chaque jour nouveau

De la construction de notre programme scolaire à notre culture communautaire, notre Maternelle bilingue se consacre à permettre une éducation précoce remplie d’explorations, de réalisations et de plaisir. C’est pourquoi nos plus jeunes élèves sont aussi enthousiastes et prêts pour leur journée d’école comme ils le seront pour l’étape suivante – l’Élémentaire de The École.

Programme Scolaire

Arts du Langage

Language Arts for Nursery addresses Oral Language, Pre-Reading, and Fine Motor and Writing skills.

Oral Language is a key step for reading and writing. While we model how to speak correctly in both French and English throughout all our activities, each day incorporates a time of “pure language” that focuses our Nursery students on the acts of speaking and listening in the language of the day.

In terms of Reading, our goal in Nursery is to instill in our students a love of books. We read the children at least one book every day, in the language of the day. The students practice making predictions, creating links between stories and their own lives, and reading along with familiar stories. We also use these times to discuss what print looks like, where it can be found on a book cover, and how certain letters, words, and sentences carry meaning.

As an entry into Writing, our Nursery students practice their fine motor skills through hand rhymes, tearing, cutting, and painting, playing with Play Dough or doing puzzles. In alignment with French teaching practices, we also introduce them to pre-writing activities, such as drawing circles, dots, spots, and lines, leading to experimentation in writing the letters of their first name.

Mathématiques

Our Nursery students engage in Math related activities throughout the day.

They explore foundational concepts like small/medium/large, a lot/a little, in front of/behind, up/down, top/bottom, and more/less, sort and classify by attributes like shape and size, and play traditional number-based games, like lotto, dominoes, simple games with dice. By the end of the year, our students have developed the ability to count and recognize written numbers from 1 to 5.
Science

In Nursery, we encourage students to experiment with the materials in the classroom as a means of understanding the physical properties of the world.

For instance, through sand and water play, the children form a basic understanding of gravity, volume, and mass, though not explicitly and not using those words. We also integrate more explicit Science projects into the yearly curriculum, exploring concepts such as the parts of the body and the five senses, as well as plants, animals, and seasons.
Art

Art is an integral part of our Nursery curricula, enabling students to express themselves freely.

They explore different materials and different techniques in drawing, painting, modeling, and collages and begin mastering the use of different tools such as pencils, brushes, scissors, and glue. They also participate in a weekly musical education class that encourages listening, singing, and rhythms, with the use of body movements and musical instruments.
L’Apprentissage Socio-Émotionnel & l’Éducation Physique

Beyond the body movement such as dancing and games that are part of daily activities, our Nursery students have a dedicated physical education class in the gym three times a week.

During this time, students learn how to move their body in space in relation to both PE equipment—benches, mats, tunnels, and balls of all shapes and sizes—and their teachers and peers. By the end of the school year, students have acquired the skills to be able to participate in sports games with simple rules.
Arts du Langage

Language Arts for Pre-K addresses Oral Language, Pre-Reading, and Fine Motor and Writing skills.

Oral language, a fundamental aspect of Pre-K, is the first step to reading and writing success. At The École, it is present throughout the day—in the language of the day—as well as in specific small-group language activities, such as vocabulary games or games that work on specific sentence structures.

In Pre-K, Reading tasks progressively become more complex. Students consolidate their name recognition skills and participate in various reading activities such as matching words, identifying specific letters, words and structures that are repeated in a familiar text, or matching the different forms of writing of some letters, mainly print and uppercase, with an introduction to script. We also begin to work on isolating and differentiating sounds in words, playing with rhyming, and discovering syllables.

In terms of Writing, in Pre-K, our students are introduced to more complicated graphismes like waves or curls. With these more advanced fine motor skills, they learn to write symbols and letters more precisely, to write their name accurately and independently, and to begin writing small words using letter-to-sound correspondence. Pre-K students will also begin to craft more complex stories and personal texts and understand the basic structures of a story (beginning, middle, end).

Mathématiques

Our Pre-K students engage in Math related activities throughout the day.

Skills that were introduced in Nursery are reinforced and the activities become more complex. Students work on larger numbers and have a better sense of number order, sort objects according to more complicated categories, explore more spatial relationships in greater detail, complete puzzles with more pieces and play games with more rules.
Science

For Pre-K students, Science consists mainly of observing and exploring the world around them as well as discovering and experimenting with simple objects and scientific tools.

As part of our scientific activities, the children make observations, ask questions about what they see, voice hypotheses, observe and record results to experiments, and learn to make observational drawings. We teach them to look for information in age-appropriate non-fiction books and expose them to the use of computers and iPads through educational apps.
Art

Art enables our Pre-K students to express themselves while mastering different tools that develop their fine motor skills.

They explore different materials and techniques for drawing, painting, modeling and collaging while learning to observe, describe and get inspiration from artwork and famous artists in relation to our themes. Performance art activities such as singing, dancing, or music are also offered weekly.
L’Apprentissage Socio-Émotionnel & l’Éducation Physique

Pre-K students participate daily in activities that develop gross motor skills and enable the children to become more aware of their bodies and to move in different spaces, while often reinforcing academic concepts in a fun way.

In addition, they have three 30-minute sessions of physical education in the gym every week in which they navigate obstacle courses built by the teachers and participate in individual and cooperative games with simple rules.
Arts du Langage

Système Français

French Language Arts for Kindergarten students is focused on mobilizing language in all its dimensions. Children will practice graphic design and writing, will discover the alphabetic principle, the phonology, they will exchange and express oneself orally, communicate, structure language and learn syntactic structures.

Système Américain

English Language Arts for Kindergarten is focused in large part on building the capacity to read short books and recognize anywhere from 50-100 sight words. We accomplish this by studying phonological awareness, print concepts, fluency, phonics, and word recognition. Our Kindergarten students also begin a deeper exploration and progression into the subjects of writing, language, speaking, and listening.
Mathématiques

Système Français

In Math in French, Kindergarten children will start building the first tools to structure one's thinking. They will start the numeration and quantity, they will discover shapes and quantities, they will learn counting and decomposition of numbers, assemblies, and solids, and begin the discovery of algorithms.

Système Américain

In Math in English in Kindergarten, the students will be learning the concepts of addition and subtraction as well as counting & cardinality, operations & algebraic thinking, measurement & data, geometry, and number & operations in base ten.
Science

Système Français

The main objectives of Kindergarten are schooling, socialization and early learning. Children will learn to understand and express themselves with physical activities. They will start to explore the world by discovering the notions of time, space, objects, matter, and life.

Système Américain

Science in English for Kindergarten is integrated into reading, writing and math activities and explored in focused projects. We use whole-class setting experiments and workshops to encourage each student’s scientific exploration.
Art

Système Français

The main objectives of kindergarten are schooling, socialization and early learning. Children will learn how to understand and express themselves through artistic activities. They will practice visual arts, listen to music, discover rhythm, they will sing, play music, and explore cinema.

Système Américain

Art in English for Kindergarten is integrated into reading, writing and math activities and explored in focused projects. We use a variety of different artistic mediums—song, dance, drawing, painting to capture their creative imagination.
L’Apprentissage Socio-Émotionnel & l’Éducation Physique

Système Français

The main objectives of kindergarten are schooling, socialization and early learning. Children will learn to understand and express themselves with physical activities. They will play different sports and perform several motor and aesthetic activities.

Système Américain

Throughout our regular activities, our Kindergarten students will be encouraged to work on their social and emotional skills, focusing on the development of such competencies as adjustment, attitude, and communication. They will also participate in physical education classes on a daily basis to strengthen their large & fine motor skills and become familiar with team sports.

Des questions à propos de notre programme de Maternelle ?

Virginie Martin-Muggeo, Ben Hayes and Samantha Sugarman

Si vous souhaitez en apprendre plus sur notre programme d’apprentissage précoce pour les élèves de Maternelle, n’hésitez pas à nous contacter. Nous sommes fiers de notre programme et nous serons plus qu’enchantés de répondre à toutes les questions que vous vous posez ou de discuter dans le détail sur les bénéfices pour votre enfant d’une éducation bilingue à The École.

Virginie Martin-Muggeo, Ben Hayes and Samantha Sugarman