"Parlez-vous Français? Bien sûr!"
At La Maternelle de Seattle, we base our teaching and learning by designing activities around the 6 core areas (“Domaines de compétences”) used in the French preschool system (“L'école Maternelle”). The language used in the preschool is French.
Those 6 area of expertises are : “S'approprier le langage” (Get familiar with the language), “Découvrir l'écrit”“ (Discover the written language ), ”Devenir elève (Become a student), “Agir et s'exprimer avec son corps” ( Act and express ourself with our body), “Découvrir le monde” (Discover the world), “Percevoir, sentir, imaginer, créer” (Perceive, sense, imagine, create)
We believe that children learn best through play and hands-on activities.
The preschool is setup in different activity centers: art, blocks, music, construction, water and sand table, toy ( manipulative), books and writing. Children will make up their plan daily : where/what/how do they plan on working. They will have then 45 minutes of uninterrupted play/work time to accomplish their plan, and will then share their plans with their teacher and classmate (recall).
“We love to get our little hands busy” and yes, sometimes dirty too! We will be making a lot of arts and crafts projects throughout the year. Cooking, using produce from our vegetable garden, will be a big part of our learning too!
At La Maternelle de Seattle, we use the HighScope curriculum. Beginning with the Perry Preschool Study, HighScope revolutionized early childhood education with a new approach to teaching and learning. Research based and child focused, the HighScope Curriculum uses a carefully designed process — called “active participatory learning” — to achieve powerful, positive outcomes.
We maintain a low teacher-child ratio to have a successful immersion program.
Member of the Education Committee of the FACCPNW.
Understanding your child growth
We use a variety of tools to identify and record growth of your child. Observations, interactions, classroom activities and work, are recorded through the HighScope COR Advantage software to document the development of your child throughout the year. It helps us to identify the growth that is taking place as your child plays, tries out new ideas, make plans, solves problems and makes new friends. We hold a parent-teacher conference towards the end of the school year to share with you the progress and growth of your child through a complete family report.
Music and Movement
On chante et on danse avec Eli Rosenblatt!
We learn to move our bodies in rhythm, to keep a steady beat, sing all the classical and modern French songs, and so much more , with the amazing local artist and super-start Eli Rosenblatt!
We tumble and roll in our own gymnasium!
Twice/week, the children will improve their gross-motor skills and balance while having fun, in our gymnasium!
Our teacher, a certified Physical Therapist, will lead those classes in a safe and challenging way for all the children, not matter their level/ages.
Mud is fun!
Twice a month, our preschool is spending the morning in a forest close to our preschool, to go learn more about our environment and how to protect it . We build forts with sticks, look for mushrooms, learn about trees, and just enjoy being one with nature!