The school is located in the vicinity of the wonderful Edmond de Rothschild landscaped park, an ideal play and observation ground.
The Montessori method of education
Our teachings are based on Maria Montessori’s schooling method and aims to provide each and every child with the means to access their own autonomy, to be socially responsible, and, following their own specific learning rhythms, to discover how to focus on their work and gain the self-confidence needed for their own development. Children derive pleasure from learning while developing a taste in it as they fully participate in their own education.
A French-English atmosphere
This educational approach endeavors to prepare children for their future integration within society in the best possible way. This starts with a fully gratifying experience at school. The Montessori educators along with their English-speaking assistant vouch for this educational project.
We place attentiveness at the heart of our approach. We are attentive to each child in order to know him or her better and so as to answer their deepest needs. We ensure affective safety by establishing good relationships with children, respecting their personhood, and making sure that others are respectful of the rules guaranteeing this safe environment.
We let children evolve each according to their own rhythms while we keep them stimulated.
They are offered activities in keeping with their desires and capacities while we foster their concentration and whet their intellectual curiosity.
The Rothschild park nearby is both an exceptional playground and learning field. Children go there every day all year round and enjoy freedom. They can whet their curiosity in a natural environment located at the heart of the city. They refine their sense of observation throughout the seasons and can experience a general feeling of serenity in a large open space. This relationship with nature is reinforced by regular picnics, educational, artistic and sports projects. Such relationship with nature is vital to the children, whose stress is thereby reduced while their concentration is increased.
Acquiring autonomy is a first step toward socialization. The Petite Ecole Bilingue Montessori does everything it can to help the children in this first instance of socialization and opens them onto the outside world.
Observing and coming to know the children individually is essential to accompany them in the course of their development, which in turn makes it possible for the educators to provide them with the means to adapt to community life while respecting each other and themselves.
By mixing ages, the school favors emulation, mutual support, respect for others and cooperation between children. Attending a school is not unlike being in a family. Younger children learn from older ones, while older children take responsibility with younger ones.
Interaction creates emulation, leads to cooperation and mutual aid. Eventually the age difference is not an impediment but an asset. Fully consented emulation generates mutual respect among children. Observing, helping one another, sharing, working together, entails creating strong bonds while contributing to each other’s respect and developing the socializing of all.
Expressing oneself in another language does not require any specific effort on the part of children in a bilingual context. Children can indeed master two different languages without feeling that they have been working to learn them. The younger the children, the more receptive they are. Bilingualism also extends brain conditioning to other languages. This makes it easier to acquire grammatical forms. In surroundings that sound different, the children are naturally immersed in the language on a daily basis.
Understanding through one’s actions. Each single one of the children’s acts is accomplished with them and not in their stead, the goal being to help them acquire self-determination. We pay great care to offer children a pleasant environment as well as a serene, though lively, atmosphere. This is rendered possible thanks to the Montessori schooling method which encourages children to explore their own surroundings.
The carefully designed space, the progressive and varied sensorial material at their disposition is an important factor that leads to this autonomy. In a space designed specifically to meet the children’s basic needs according to their own rhythms and choices, children are free to move from one activity to the next while learning to take care of their surroundings and of others around them. This environment is made up of 5 distinct areas: practical life / sensorial work / mathematics / language / cultural activities (geography, biology, sciences, music, art, etc.).
We wish to provide children with a pleasant environment, one that is adapted to their needs, as well as a quiet, peaceful, but also happy and lively atmosphere.
Maria Montessori designed her materials to meet the children’s various needs throughout their development and what she termed “the sensitive periods.” These can be described as specific periods when children are most susceptible to learn and assimilate from particular experiences.
On a daily basis that respects the children’s own rhythms, the manipulation and comprehension of the Montessori material allow children to foster their concentration, logic and dexterity. Each piece of the material is designed so as to permit a progressive and lasting learning of fundamental notions (mathematics, language, reading skills…).
To provide an affective environment: in an atmosphere mixing ages and cultural backgrounds, which is calm and serene yet happy and lively, children aged from 2 and a half to 6 years old will feel safe and their self-confidence will be increased.
To help discover and promote respect for the rules of community life so that all children learn to live together, which is indispensable.
To ensure autonomy, responsibility and self-discipline, in order to understand how to respect everyone while fully enhancing each child’s needs and interests.
To communicate the pleasure of learning, so as to encourage creativity and critical thinking in everyone.
To help acquire fundamental notions as requested by the Ministère de l’Éducation nationale; the Montessori schooling paves the way for children’s learning their reading and writing skills through a sensorial approach, and it introduces them to mathematics (numbers, the decimal system, mental arithmetic, the four arithmetic operations…).
Workshops and Training Programs
Open to all children aged 3 to 7 years old, from 9.00am to 1.30pm
“Learning English” 9.00am-10.00am. The English workshop is animated by Sumrita and corresponds very well to the age and level of the children. Children discover the English language through play. Different themes are proposed all year round and take the form of games, nursery rhymes, album reading, crafts and cooking, which all make for a natural assimilation of the language.
“Bazarcredi” takes place from 10.00am to 12.30pm and offers different workshops throughout the year in a warm, family atmosphere where free expression is guaranteed. This morning activity is meant to provide a truly relaxing time to exchange and create in a convivial atmosphere. The animator is Sylvie, who is a painter and has been with us at La Petite École Bilingue Montessori for several years now.
The program includes the following: art, recycling, modeling, tales, a reading corner, cooking, crafts, land art… as well as outings to the nearby Parc Rothschild.
Lunch at school is optional (with a lunchbox)
We also offer courses during the holidays
For all registration inquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
What You Need to Know
Opening Hours: The school is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8.30am to 4.15pm.
Childcare services: They are provided every day from 4.15pm to 6.00pm.
Lunch: Lunch is provided each morning by the family. Lunch time is a great moment for exchanging and learning about the rules at the heart of community life.
Napping: A nap is scheduled every afternoon for the youngest children.
School Holidays: holidays are the ones fixed by the Ministère de l’Éducation Nationale, with the exception of the summer holidays that are scheduled to start on the last Friday in June after class.
The pre-registration form is to be sent via email to email@example.com
Upon receiving your form we will get back to you to make an appointment. Each applying family is received with their child to enable mutual discovery and to offer the possibility of a school visit. In case you want to register after the beginning of the school year, please contact us.