La Petite Ecole

Welcome to La Petite Ecole

La Petite Ecole (LPE) is an introductory, French language immersion program, available every morning, on our Sausalito campus for children as early as age 2. It can be completed by Happy Play in the afternoon for a full time option.

La Petite Ecole (LPE) follows a curriculum that naturally and gently prepares children to enter our full time, bilingual Preschool. At La Petite Ecole, children play and learn together, socialize and interact while immersing themselves in the French language. They explore 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. La Petite Ecole is the best preparation for a gentle and natural transition into Preschool.

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The curriculum in La Petite Ecole

La Petite Ecole (LPE) follows a curriculum that naturally and gently prepares children to enter our full time, bilingual Preschool. At La Petite Ecole, children play and learn together, socialize and interact while immersing themselves in the French language. They explore 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.

Looking for a full time option? Happy Play is the solution

What is Happy Play

Happy Play is a child focused, daycare program that welcomes Petite Ecole students from 12:30 pm until 5:30pm. It gently complements the Petite Ecole morning program by focusing on the development of social emotional and living together skills.

Happy Play gently focuses on helping young children thrive socially, and build soft skills such as how to regulate emotions and how to behave, play, share in a group or interact with adults. Happy Play is led by daycare professionals with the required ECE (Early Childhood Educational credentials).

Andrew started in La Petite Ecole knowing no French other than bonjour and merci.  After 4 months he was singing French songs. This year in preschool, he is learning to count, tell the days of the week and speak sentences in French all while enhancing his English speaking and comprehension skills. 

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