"It is the child who contains the salvation of life, it is in him that the man of tomorrow is elaborated"
PREPARATORY SECTION 3 TO 6 YEARS
The 3 to 6 year-old child is a sensory explorer who absorbs everything around him through his senses. All the educational material presented to the child aims to stimulate his sensory activity; it allows him to go from simple to complex, from concrete to abstract.
At this age, the child wants to conquer a greater and greater independence by multiplying his personal experiences. Helping the natural development of the child, by designing an environment that is favorable to the development of its faculties of creation and adaptation, is the characteristic of an atmosphere for this age. During his day the child works with different materials.
In a 3-6 years atmosphere, children work individually and autonomously.
We have two classes of 3-6 years bilingual, fully equipped and adapted to the needs of students; two teachers per class, an English-speaking referent and a French-speaking referent, with the support of an assistant for the two classes.
TYPICAL PROGRAMME OF THE WEEK
4 ½ days of teaching per week
Swimming lessons included in the school curriculum
Monitoring of the objectives of the Harmos programme (Plan d’Etudes Romand) from
3-4 years - preschool
4-5 years - 1P (Harmos)
5-6 years - 2P (Harmos)
An oral assessment with families is organized in January and a written annual formative evaluation, delivered in June.
Montessori programme over 3 years in connection with the Harmos programme:
Practical life. The material of practical life through which he learns to take care of his environment and his person.
Sensory life. The material allows him to study similarities, differences, comparisons, contrasts. He works on colors, shapes, volumes, materials, weights, odors.
Mathematics. The mathematics material gives him the knowledge and a solid base of knowledge and a beginning of understanding of the world in which he lives: Enumeration / Numeration / Notions of operation / Memorization.
Languages. French: vocabulary enrichment, expression and oral comprehension, graphic design, pre-writing in French, pre-reading in French.
English: oral for expression, vocabulary enrichment and comprehension.
Culture. Geography, zoology, botany, music and plastic arts activities, gardening and / or cooking.
All activities are organized in view of an easy accessibility, directly by the child himself. They can be done without assistance of the adult, then put back by the child. Everything is thought to develop his autonomy to the maximum, the material is self-correcting. He can come and go freely, can observe his peers, but he must not disturb them, which requires an effort to control his voice and gestures. He learns respect for himself and the other.