La Petite Ecole

"La Petite Ecole" (LPE) is a full immersion program available every morning on our Sausalito campus for children as early as age 2.

La Petite Ecole (LPE) follows a curriculum that naturally and gently prepares children to enter our full time Maternelle. At La Petite Ecole, children play and learn together, socialize and interact while immersing themselves in the French language. They explore the spoken language as well as all forms of communication: body language, comedy and artistic expression... They develop gross and fine motor skills. They learn to think and organize their thoughts, while exploring the world around them. Fun educative projects pave the way for the implementation of a solid foundation of learning, generously integrating artistic activities, in a friendly French environment. The class is led by a French teacher and an assistant teacher.

The main objective of the Petite Ecole is socialization. This class allows children to discover the world of school and socialize while developing language skills. This class is the ideal preparation for a gentle and natural transition into Petite Section.


LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION

In LPE, your child will learn to speak and participate in class. By regularly prompting children with questions, they learn to be verbally active within the group. The main objective of the year is to provide student with the vocabulary they need to express themselves fully while using increasingly complex sentences.

OBJECTIVES FOR THE YEAR

  • To be able to respond to the teachers' questions or requests in an understandable manner
  • To understand simple and common classroom instruction
  • To learn to listen and to understand an increasingly complex text read by adults (observe images and translate their observations into words)
  • To know how to use a new lexical and syntactic linguistic tools
  • To know how to produce short and proper sentences

PENMANSHIP AND WRITING

Your child will refine her/his graphic skills through drawing activities using different tools (fingers, pens, brushes, pencils...) and different supports.

OBJECTIVES FOR THE YEAR

  • To hold a pencil, brush or felt pen properly
  • To occupy the whole page
  • To be able to follow a pattern
  • To adapt one's gesture to the material constraints
  • To use drawing to express oneself.

LIVING TOGETHER

Learning to live together is one of the main objectives of Maternelle and LPE. When in class, children enjoy a collective life structured by educational rules and supervised by the adults in charge. Through the experiences of a collective life, through games, workshops and activities led together, children learn the rules that come with living together and that they lear to adapt to each situation. This way, they will gradually develop their personality and find their place among the group.

OBJECTIVES FOR THE YEAR

  • To behave according to the constraints of community life
  • To know and distinguish the role of the adults in the school
  • To respect the rules of the living together: respect for others, listening to others, mutual assistance...

DISCOVERING THE WORLD

QUANTITIES AND NUMBERS

Your child will be introduced to mathematics through active comparison, distribution and sharing. Gradually he will be able to count through games as memory games, or dominoes ... During practical situations, LPE students will get familiar with simple figures and gradually distinguish objects according to their shape (round, square, triangle) and their size (small, large). Children develop observation and deduction skills, and learn to rely on these during experiments to develop thoughts and logical thinking.

OBJECTIVES OF THE YEAR

  • Compare, classify and store objects according to their shape and size.
  • Count and compare very small quantities.
  • Place oneself in space using a spatial vocabulary (front, back, bottom, top).
  • Rebuild a fragmented image (puzzle, paving).

DISCOVERING THE WORLD

During their time in LPE, students will open up a little more to the world. Through various educational situations, they will learn to use their body, get familiar with their senses and the world around them: animals, plants, natural elements (air, water ...). Through experiences such as planting a flower and watching it grow, taking care of a small animal, or visiting a farm, children's attention is mobilized and their curiosity is stimulated for a complete learning experience.

OBJECTIVES OF THE YEAR

  • Learning and following rules of hygiene towards one's body, food, or one's environment.
  • Having a first notion of time passing (day, week, month, year ...).
  • Discovering one's five senses.
  • being able to identify different environments and know some of their characteristics

BEING ACTIVE AND EXPRESSING ONESELF WITH ONE'S BODY

Daily physical activity is a means of action, exploration and expression that children particularly enjoy. Basic motor activities are encouraged (walking, running, jumping, jumping, climbing, pulling, pushing, throwing...). By responding to children's natural need to move, la Petite Ecole offers children a fun way to improve their motor skills.

OBJECTIVES OF THE YEAR

  • Running, jumping, throwing
  • Move using unstable elements (bicycles, scooters, tricycles...)
  • Participate in group games: throwing, running, catching, avoiding...
  • Dancing following a rhythm

SENSITIVITY, IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY

In LPE, your child will gradually discover new forms of artistic expression that will trigger new experiences. In that class, students are invited to develop their imagination, create, invent and explore different media through drawing, painting, collage, or object making. These activities develop their fine motor skills and their curiosity while developing their appreciation for music and the arts.

OBJECTIVES FOR THE YEAR

  • Working collectively on a project.
  • Learn and recite rhymes, poetry and songs.
  • Playing with the intonations of one's voice.

HOW DO I APPLY

The application process is similar to any application to LFSF. When filling out your online application form, simply select "La Petite Ecole/Preschool Part Time" as your grade level. Required supporting documents will be similar to any preschool application.


When can my child attend LPE?

Applicants for the 2018-2019 school year are born between JAN 1 and DEC 31, 2016, and will only start the program after their 2nd birthday.

Applicants do not need to be potty trained to attend this program.

Schedule

La Petite Ecole is a
5 mornings a week that starts at 8:30am and ends at 12:30 pm. With a pick up time right after lunch, children are ready to go home and nap, or engage in another activity.

Affording LPE

The yearly tuition fee for this program is $16,680.

Because of the young age of our LPE students, there is no daycare, camps, afterschool activities or bus transportation for this program.

To learn more about this program, please contact our admissions office.

Where is LPE?

La Petite Ecole is only available on our Sausalito campus, at 610 Coloma Street. Come visit us soon!