Early Years pre-prep
Our Pre-prep department pays the utmost attention to very young children. Our teachers provide the basic foundation required for them to start on their journey of academic success, while taking care to be respectful of each child’s personality. This positive learning environment greatly facilitates early learning.
The classrooms are large and bright, allowing the teachers to pay individual attention to each child. The warm, friendly environment nurtures the confidence of small children, thus providing a solid beginning to their education.
The children will spend most of their day in a bilingual environment. Children who are not French-native speakers, will “absorb” the necessary vocabulary from the various learning activities.
Two adults are present in the classroom at all times: a teacher and a teaching assistant. The teacher and teaching assistant use their native languages when they address the children.
The teachers progressively stimulate the study of both languages while enhancing vocabulary. The students are carefully prepared in reading, handwriting and mathematical skills. The teachers stimulate the children’s awareness of all their senses so that, by the age of 6, the children are ready to explore and deepen their knowledge, are capable of clear communication and reading is a pleasurable activity. The children are also familiar with numbers, time, measuring and so forth.
In Science, the teachers explore a variety of live creatures and materials with the objective of stimulating the child’s curiosity.
The various classroom activities include a sandbox, toys, corners for role-play, books, games, puzzles and construction toys. These activities stimulate the children’s imagination and develop their knowledge of shapes and understanding of space. Moreover, they develop communication skills and the ability to work in groups.
PE classes are held twice a week. The nursery school programme also includes classes in rhythm, dance, music, art, drama and gross and fine motor skills.
All of these various activities work together towards the development and improvement of their spatial skills.
The social interaction and variety of games provide a complete educational base.
Parents are regularly updated through a journal and information relative to a specific child’s progress is obtained through timely contacts with the teachers. The programme is taught in French and in English. This allows non-Francophone and non-Anglophone children to acquire new language skills naturally.