Regardless of their age, all English-speaking children have two years of natural interactive immersion (Immersion 1 and 2), after which they can usually join the Native French class for French Language Arts. These classes are taught by native language teachers on interactive whiteboards. The “native” language classes follow the French curriculum, which a strong accent on literature.
Our approach is strictly syllabic and we ensure that phonological awareness is clearly acquired. Children learn to read with Letterland (the American model of Planète of the Alphas used in the French class), as well as to write, and we make sure to establish a good connection between the letter and its sound. Normally, children correctly decipher simple texts while understanding what they read at the end of kindergarten. Difficult spellings are all reviewed in 1st grade.
The students approach mathematics with the Cuisenaire method, which makes it possible to understand the universe of numbers in depth, and which is used through first primary. They simultaneously use the Singapore handbooks for a more classical approach. Most of the students at the end of kindergarten have worked on the 4 operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and fractions up to 12, master the decimal system up to 100 at least and know how to make small additions and subtractions in larger numbers.
Personal and Social Development
They work on their manual dexterity and logical reflection using many construction and reflection games, puzzles, etc, each according to their needs.
Group activities help foster social skills: reciting poetry or a nursery rhyme, presenting a favorite object for ‘Show and Tell’ or describing an event. These moments also make it possible to situate the time that goes by, to talk about current events and to listen to each other.
Discovery of the World
Afternoon activities are thematic and allow the children to discover the world; be it the living world, other countries, the past or planets. They also discover languages in music and have a singing period per week. They have psychomotricity classes and regularly go to the library.