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 is a means of solidifying the experience of learning another language while also offering a stimulating and challenging experiential approach to learning.
We provide a secure and loving place for children to learn and play. Learning and play can and should be joyful, a source of pleasure. 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.
At all times, positive guidance techniques are used to shape the interaction between the children and with the teacher in French.
As students struggle to create their own futures two kinds of knowledge are critical: knowing how to learn and knowing how to think” Covington
Classroom projects are designed to stimulate the children to search for answers to questions in a variety of ways and through a variety of mediums. These activities promote the use of the five senses, kinetic movement, spatial refinement, small/large motor skill coordination, and the acquisition and understanding of concrete knowledge that leads to abstract thought processing later on.
The program is divided into 5 areas:
- Language through learning
- Living together
- Moving and expressing oneself using one’s body
- Discovering the world around us
- Sensitivity, imagination, creation
That being said, skills are not taught in isolation. We use an integrated approach to curriculum so that children see the direct application of these skills in their learning. We provide opportunities for experiences that help children learn concepts about the social world and master important skills. Experiences are meaningful for children when they build on each other and lead to new experiences and further learning.
The principles of our approach are based on a coherent set of values and goals for optimum development and anchored in knowledge of processes of growth. We put an emphasis on interaction with the environment, and environment of children, adults, and the material world.
The classroom 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.
The children are offered a variety of opportunities to work both individually and cooperatively in small groups.
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 2019 to enroll in the 2019-2020 academic year. In other words, the children must be born after March 1, 2015 but before March 1, 2017 in order to be considered for the upcoming school year.
There are three Mini-Maternelle programs available depending on the child’s age (with an extended day option until 2:30pm for the Petite and Grande Sections):
Petite Section, FOUR-Days Program:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:30 am – noon
Grande Section, FIVE-Days Program:
Monday through Friday, from 9:30 am – noon
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” three days per week from 2:30pm to 4pm.
Les Dauphins, FOUR-Days Afternoon Program:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12:15pm – 2:45pm
APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR NEW STUDENTS
Applications for the 2019 – 2020 Mini-Maternelle class can be submitted starting September 15, 2018.
PLEASE NOTE: There is an application fee of $50 that must be paid at the time of submitting the application.
MEETING AND TOUR
When you fill out your application we will invite you over for a tour (with your child). It is an opportunity for you to see 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.
The tour is only for families who have completed an online application form to the Mini-Maternelle.
Notifications of Acceptance will be sent by February 15.
Confirmation of Acceptance
Parents receiving Notification of Acceptance must provide their Confirmation of Acceptance, along with a non-refundable deposit, within 5 working days.
Current (2018 – 2019) 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 2019-2020
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).
First Day of School:
Thursday, September 5th, 2019 (Grande Section)
Thursday, September 12th, 2019 (Petite Section phase-in period begins)
School Closure Dates 2019-20:
• SEPTEMBER: Monday, September 30th – Tuesday, October 1st (Rosh Hashanah)
• OCTOBER: Wednesday, October 9th (Yom Kippur), Monday, October 14th (Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
• NOVEMBER: Wednesday, November 27th – Friday, November 29th (Fall Recess)
• DECEMBER: Monday, December 23rd to Friday, January 3rd (End of Year Recess) – Classes resume on January 6th
• JANUARY: Monday, January 20th (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
• FEBRUARY: Monday, February 17th – Friday, February 21st (Presidents’ Day Recess)
• APRIL: Monday, April 6th – Friday, April 17th (Spring Recess) – Classes resume on April 20th
• MAY: Monday, May 25th (Memorial Day)
Last Day of School:
Friday, June 12th, 2020