65 quai d'Orsay, 75007 Paris
The Toddler Community
(2 to 3 years old)
The first few weeks, the child may attend school for shorter periods, i.e., for an hour or two until he/she is fully acclimated to their new environment. According to Dr. Maria Montessori, neurologist, separation and maturity must be taken into careful consideration; one must respect the rhythm of the child.
The child is greeted every morning, by one French-, and one English-speaking teacher. Socialization, Language Development, sharing, and absorbing activities in this harmonious environment is the beginning of a perfect early learning experience. Activities include working with exercises in the Practical Life discipline, and the Sensorial discipline. Children from several different nationalities are learning together in French and in English. Our “Music and the Brain” program, art projects, and small and large motor coordination activities are part of their early learning experience.
RESPECT (respect for the environment, for one's self, and for others) is the key to Montessori's philosophy. Cooperation rather than competition this experience fosters “The joy of learning”.
The children are being prepared for our 3-6 year old program, where they will be welcomed into a similar, stimulating bilingual environment.
(3 to 6 years old)
The 3 to 6 year old children are welcomed by one French AMI Montessori trained teacher, and one Anglophone AMI Montessori trained teacher. The three year old children attend class from 9am until 12 noon, five days a week. The four and five year old children enjoy lunch together, and go home at 3pm. A special afternoon program is available from 3-4pm, three afternoons a week. Wednesdays are half-days for all the children. (See the calendar.)
Dr. Maria Montessori created “the open classroom” for children from 3 to 6 years of age, in order to work and learn together. This ambience fosters cooperation, rather than competition. The curriculum encompasses four major disciplines:
- Practical Life (care of one's self and the environment)
- Sensorial Development (activities to enhance the six senses)
- Language (writing, reading, phonetic alphabet in French and English)
- Mathematics (concentration, decimal system, addition, subraction, multiplication and division)
- The mathematical material comprises the golden glass beads, i.e.: units, ten bars, hundred squares and thousand cubes. The tactile language material; moveable alphabet, sand paper letters, are cursive in French and print letters are in English.
Scientifically designed material: sand paper letters, French cursive, and English print, plus the moveable alphabet, allow the child to learn in a stimulating and harmonious community.
The beautiful tactile material is hand-made in Italy and in Holland, and was designed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 1900s.
The children also work in disciplines of Geography, Biology and Botany. The Art Atelier is an integral part of the learning program. The children enjoy the gymnasium, and the garden on the quai d'Orsay.
There is the “Music and the Brain” program where children enjoy learning to read music, singing and playing international pieces on the keyboard.
Montessori is based on RESPECT for oneself, others and the environment. The children learn in a stimulating, and harmonious ambiance.
(6 to 12 years old)
At this stage of development, children have an appetite for understanding the universe and their place in it. One French-speaking and one English-speaking teacher welcome children into the elementary classroom.
Their curiosity is engaged in a research style of learning, either individually or in small groups, which helps them develop reasoning abilities and life skills while broadening their knowledge base. Using their acquired skills of reading and writing, they work on projects in each of the major areas of study: mathematics, language, the three sciences, geography, history, music and art.
Exploration of each area is encouraged by visits to community resources, such as the libraries, botanical garden or zoo, science centre or an active workplace. This inclusive approach develops the children’s intellect, fostering a feeling of connectedness to, and respect for their world.