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.

Our daughter attended LLS for two years (at ages 3 and 4, before starting kindergarten). I wish she could have attended forever. We really cannot say enough good things about LLS. The program is perfect - it is intellectually engaging, but also fun for the children. The teachers are so caring and do everything possible to make sure the kids are happy and comfortable. Pascale is an amazing resource. She is very involved in the classroom and so knowledgeable about children in general and bilingual education in particular. And our daughter learned French! She still asks to attend the summer camp every year, and always has a great time.



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:
  1. Language through learning
  2. Living together
  3. Moving and expressing oneself using one’s body
  4. Discovering the world around us
  5. 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)

Our daughter attended LLS for two years of pre-k. Not only did she come away fluent in French but was cared for and educated in the gentlest and most caring manner that one could ever imagine. All the teachers were loving and well as imaginative in their approach to the teaching and caring for all the children that went there. We still say that it is probably the best educational experience she will ever have. We were not alone in that feeling as parents either. I cannot describe in words how great an experience it was for our whole family.



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.

Available Programs

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

Our son attended the LLS Mini-Maternelle program for 2 years and it was the most amazing, loving, kind and educational environment we could have hoped for. Pascale's program nurtured his curiosity, taught him autonomy and ignited his creativity. The French immersion was exactly what we were looking for and our son bonded with his teachers and school mates in a way we have not experienced since. All the carefully crafted parts of her program have given him a powerful platform to continue on to primary school. I would unreservedly recommend LLS and their programs to anyone.
J. D.



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.


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.



Parent Notifications

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.

My son attended the mini-maternelle for 2 years and it was the perfect environment for him to flourish as a person and also to build on his exposure to French. Now that I am in the mainstream education system I have fully realized what an outstanding foundation for children LLS provides. My son had a French nanny twice a week from age 1-3, and then his two years at LLS allowed him to become fully bilingual without either parent speaking French at home. He is now one of the most confident and active students in his class. He has no fear when leaving me in the morning, and he is embracing the challenge of school. I was surprised by how quickly they have started teaching them to read and also to write in lowercase at his public school, but thankfully he had two years of gentle experimenting with reading and writing at LLS, so he is doing well. LLS supported him as the sensitive and unique child he is (and aren't they all?), and I am very grateful for that. I believe that really good preschool education is a subtle art, and it can be hard to define or understand - but trust me, they know what they are doing at LLS, and you won't find a better preschool program!
S. G.


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