3 to 6 year old class

“Do not raise our children in today’s world. This world will have changed when they grow up. So should we prioritize helping the child to grow his powers of creation and adaptation.” 

Our objectives:

  • Help each child in its personal construction to give its best.
  • Encourage the child to be generous, tolerant and responsible.
  • Stimulate the child’s curiosity, its desire to learn and meet others.
  • Develop security, self confidence and self esteem of each child.
  • Help them learn the real freedom given by mastering its own body and a precise language to express itself.
  • Help them become autonomous.
  • Make them experiment and refine their 5 senses and develop their different intelligences to become active and creative.
  • Experiment its hands and the coordination of its movements.
  • Give them the basics knowledge and general culture (arts, music, sciences, geography, biology, botanic, mathematics, writing and reading).
  • Reveal the Human person (in peace, happy, generous, focused, working and creative).

Achieved by:

The children, aged 3 to 6 years old, work in the same classroom.

The ‘class of three levels’ is one of the fundamental aspects of the Montessori method.

The eldest children are the leaders in the group, giving the younger children a role to strive towards, whilst the younger children allow the older children to take on a responsibility towards them. The younger children learn from their elders and the older children consolidate their knowledge.

In this way every child follows on automatically: helping each other, being attentive, inspiring each other and tolerating each other. Qualities, which today, are close to disappearing in the world.

In the long run, it is a child’s self-confidence that is established permanently for his future.

A French guide and an English guide welcome the children individually, communicating in the language of each adult.

The classroom is laid out in such a way to attract the natural curiosity of the child. It is also neat & tidy to optimize his mental & spatial abilities.

The opportunity to work alone, with a friend or in a small group allows a child to take part in activities, which develop their skills for further education. The child works at his own pace with a growing concentration.

Activities are presented individually or to a small group of children. The guide is led by the curiosity of the child, his abilities and his maturity.

Throughout the morning, depending on their age, their needs, their feelings and following an individual progression, each child can choose from a wide choice of activities to work on. During the morning they have the freedom to work on a single or different activities.

We insist on the fact that children need a working time of 2,5 to 3 hours every morning and the same in the afternoon for the eldest.

A child can work with Practical Life material to allow him to refine its movements and focus its concentration in order to obtain a good result, giving him satisfaction and enabling a thought process in his work.

The child also works with Sensorial Material, which, by developing the senses, will enable a fuller understanding of the world around him. The child explores the material, manipulating it, and absorbing its principles. Then, he learns the language related to it.

By way of repetitive handling the child firmly incorporates some of the abstract concepts which prepare him for mathematics, writing, geometry and geography.

He prepares his hand for writing by using geometric shapes and pronounces the sounds of his letters whilst following the big letters on emery paper with his finger. He writes his first words using mobile letters before mastering writing with a pencil.

The child must be able to overcome one problem at a time without ever being prevented from advancing at his own rhythm just like in all aspects of the Montessori method.

Also, in a Montessori class, the child is never obliged to do a particular piece of work; he can watch the others, sit cosily in a calm area and read, listen to music or dream. He recharges his batteries, constructing himself.

He is physically comfortable, working on a chair or on the floor, his work material is on a mat providing his work space.

BILINGUISM IN THE CLASS 

The children work and spend the whole day Thursday and Friday hearing the two languages: English and French used by the teaching team. The children speak and listen to different languages among themselves, depending on the population of the class.

The Pre-reading and writing program is presented to the child by the directress in French.

Bilingualism is a Principe of ECLI Montessori School. Its aim is to enrich the linguistic environment of the child during a period which is sensitive to language development. It allows a gentle integration of the expat children. Finally, it develops in everyone, adult and child, a respect towards different cultures.

The pre-inscription form can be found here.