WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE
The Mini-Maternelle program is an exciting way for Brooklyn’s parents to provide their children with the building blocks needed for a lifetime of learning while exposing them to the benefits of a foreign language in a nurturing and supportive environment.
Our program offers a unique hybrid of outdoor and classroom-based learning. We spend as many mornings as possible exploring nature in Fort Greene Park. At LLS, we know that young children learn best through hands-on discovery and when they are relaxed and having fun. We keep children excited about learning by building on their own discoveries and interests.Through their own hands-on explorations and with questions designed to elicit conversation, the children form ideas about the world around them.
We provide a secure and loving place for children to learn and play. Play is the most complete curriculum when implemented as the primary focus for teaching and learning. Play is learning for children, it is how they get to know their world. Children engage in what Lev Vygotsky referred to as inner speech where they self-talk, assessing what has occurred, what they are engaged in, and possible solutions.
We believe that a child’s intelligence and reasoning are exercised through playful creativity: trying out new ideas, expressing emotions, taking different roles, making choices, repeating known ways of enjoyment. Play is a natural medium for children to express pleasure, curiosity, autonomy and is integrated as a primary way of learning.
Our well-trained, highly dedicated teachers work to build on each student’s unique strengths, interests and learning style while taking into account his or her needs and levels in terms of intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth.
The daily schedule includes a balance of stimulating and relaxing developmentally appropriate activities. Through the well-known power of educational tools, our educators awaken in the children a life-long love of learning, empathy towards others and creative thinking.
Play is learning and learning should be play-filled in early childhood education programs now more than ever.
As students struggle to create their own futures two kinds of knowledge are critical: knowing how to learn and knowing how to think” Covington
Creating Education for Global Citizenship as it continues to maintain the goal of “cultivating happiness” (Goulah, 2021) and actively engaging to shift and shape a more harmonious world.
The program is divided into 5 domains of development:
- Language: Expressive & Receptive
- Physical: Gross Motor- Fine Motor
- Sensory: 5 senses, Touch, Proprioception, Interoception, Vestibular
We use an integrated approach to curriculum so that children see the direct application of these skills in their learning. Projects are designed to stimulate the children to search for answers to questions in a variety of ways and through a variety of mediums. We provide opportunities for experiences that encourage invention and innovation.
We put an emphasis on interaction with the world around them both outdoors and in the classroom – The wisdom to perceive interconnectedness of all life and living.
The program boasts a two-year age range of pupils to encourage an interactive social and learning environment. This system allows flexibility in learning pace and permits the mutually beneficial relationship to develop whereby younger children seek to emulate older children, and older children naturally become teachers by sharing what they have learned with the younger ones.
All activities will be led in French!
All learning is a three part process; first emotion, then reflection, and finally action.
Rudolf Steiner (1921)
WHO CAN ATTEND
There are no French language requirements to attend our Mini-Maternelle program – only an openness and desire on the part of the parents or guardians for the children to learn a new language!
Children must however be between 2-1/2 and 4 years of age by the time they start school in September 2024 to enroll in the 2024-2025 academic year.
There are two Mini-Maternelle programs available depending on the child’s age:
Petite Section, FOUR-Days Program:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:30am – noon or 2:30pm
Grande Section, FIVE-Days Program:
Monday through Friday, from 9:30am – 2:30pm
The Extended Day Option allows children to stay through lunch until 2:30 pm. This extended period includes supervised lunchtime, a transitional activity, rest time and dismissal. Children bring lunch from home and eat together while conversing in French.
We also offer an early drop off option from 8:30.
Students may additionally register for “l’Atelier” every day from 2:30pm to 4pm. Both of these programs require minimum enrollment of five children to be offered.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR NEW STUDENTS
TO APPLY FOR 2024-2025
Note: we are fully enrolled for the 2023-24 academic year. However we welcome you to join our waiting list. Please reach out to us if you are interested.
Fill out an application.
Attend our Fall 2023 Discovery Day open house.
Admissions notifications will be sent in March 2024.
Enrollment confirmation and non-refundable tuition deposit are due within one week of acceptance.
Complete your enrollment agreement.
MEETING AND TOUR
When you fill out your application we will invite you over to our 2023 open house event. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the school and meet our teachers and for us to meet your family and see if the Mini-Maternelle is the best fit for your child. You will learn more about our unique program, our mission, and our philosophy.
Current (2023 – 2024) Mini-Maternelle parents who wish to enroll their child(ren) in the following school year receive information on how to do so directly from LLS in November.
SCHOOL CALENDAR 2023-2024
Please note that this is the Mini-Maternelle calendar. The calendar of the weekly classes may be different (please refer to the confirmation email that you received after signing up).
LLS 2023 – 2024 Calendar
First Day of School Grande Section: Thursday, September 7th, 9:30am-12pm (Half-Day) (*Full Day for Grande Section begins Friday September 8h)
First Day of School Petite Section: Monday, September 11th, at 9:30am *Phase-In week for Petite Section, start time and day length will vary
Early Drop Off and Atelier Begin: Monday, September 18th We will be closed on:
• September 25th (Monday): Yom Kippur
• October 9th (Monday): Indigenous Peoples’ Day
• November 10th (Friday): Parent Teacher Conferences (*Children do not attend)
• November 22rd – 24th (Wed.-Fri.): Fall Break
• November 27th (Monday): Staff Professional Development Day (*Children do not attend)
• December 18th – January 1st (Mon.-Fri.): Winter Break, Classes resume on Tuesday, January 2nd
• January 15th (Monday): Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
• February 19th – 23re (Mon.-Fri.): Winter Break
March 28th (Thursday): Spring Parent Teacher Conferences (*Children do not attend) March 29th (Friday): Good Friday
• April 10th (Wednesday): (Eid al-Fitr)
• April 15th – April 26th (Monday – Friday): Spring Break
• May 27th (Monday): Memorial Day
• May 31st (Friday): LLS Family Picnic
Last Day of School Year: Friday, June 7th, 2024