Our full day Maternelle Program allows your child to learn French, to socialize with others and to acquire the basics of learning, reading, writing, numeracy and more...

Maternelle Program

Our Maternelle Program welcomes children ages 3, 4 and 5.

Our Maternelle Program allows your child to:

  • learn French
  • socialize with others
  • acquire the basics of learning, reading, writing and numeracy

Your child’s progress will be followed thanks to a Progress Booklet in which teachers will track skills such as “I can say my name in front of a group” or “I recognize and say the first letter of my first name.”

The emphasis of the Progress Workbook is on validating successes and tracking progress.

The Progress Booklet:

  • Facilitates learning since children are aware of what is expected of them
  • Allows teachers to individualize learning activities to best suit the needs of a child
  • Positions parents to help their child learn at home thanks to a clear understanding of learning objectives

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

The Maternelle Program runs from September to June, Monday to Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., with a half day on Wednesday from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. (complimentary childcare service is offered from 11:45 am to 3:45 pm on Wednesdays).

The Before and After School Program, the Hot Lunch Program and break week camps are available to students enrolled in the Maternelle Program. More information about these programs is available in Programs and Services

 

New for the 2017-2018 school year, childcare will be available to 3 and 4 year-old students throughout the summer. For more information about summer childcare, visit Programs and Services

3 and 4 year olds

Class sizes are limited to 16 students. Each class is taught by a certified teacher and an assistant. Teachers are accredited by the French Ministry of Education and have specialized in early childhood development.

The Program is entirely delivered in French since this is the best time to develop language acquisition skills.

Through song, games, painting, sculpture and classroom work, students develop learning fundamentals. For detailed Program learnings, view our 3 year old Progress Booklet and our 4 year old Progress Booklet.

5 year olds   

Each class is taught by a certified teacher and an assistant. Teachers are accredited by the French Ministry of Education and have specialized in early childhood development.

The Program is taught in French however, students also receive five hours of education in English per week. 

Our 5 year old Program prepares students for elementary school. Children will develop the essential habits such as the ability to listen, memorize and express themselves in a class setting. For detailed Program learnings, view our 5 year old Progress Booklet.

Faq: 

FAQ

What does a typical day look like for 3 and 4 year old students?

Mornings usually include:

  • Free play

  • Learning activities

  • Physical exercise to develop motor skills

  • Supervised outdoor play

  • Story time

  • Snack time

  • Art or singing

Lunch occurs in-class.

In the afternoon, students can nap as needed. They then participate in a learning activity and supervised outdoor play followed by story time or singing to relax prior to pick up. 

How old does my child have to be in order to enroll in the Maternelle program?

Students must turn 3 by March 1 of the year of enrollment.

What if my child is not yet fully potty trained?

Students enrolled in the 3 year old Maternelle Program may begin the school year in pull-ups however, they must be fully potty trained by January of the year of enrollment.

Where do the teachers come from?

Lycée teachers come from all parts of the globe and reflect our school's commitment to providing students and their families with a multicultural experience. However, all Maternelle Program teachers are French speakers and have received their teaching credentials from the French Ministry of Education.

How many hours of English education do students receive in the Maternelle Program?

In Kindergarten (5 years old), students receive 5 hours per week of education in English. Three and 4 year old students do not receive education in English.

Do students enrolled in the Maternelle Program go outside?

Yes. Students enrolled in the Maternelle Program have their own playground and go outside in the morning, after lunch and in the afternoon. Four adults supervise children during these important times of play.

Does the school provide lunches and snacks?

All students must bring their own lunch unless they are enrolled in the Hot Lunch Program. Students enrolled in the Hot Lunch Program are required to bring a morning and afternoon snack. In the Maternelle Program, a teacher or an assistant supervise lunch. 

Do students enrolled in the Maternelle Program visit the school's Learning Commons?

Yes, students enrolled in the Maternelle Program visit our Learning Commons once a week where, after story hour, they can pick out age-appropriate books and DVDs in French to take home. The Learning Commons contains over 12,000 items.

Does the Lycée offer childcare during the summer?

New for the 2017-2018 school year, childcare will be available to 3 and 4 year-old students throughout the summer. For more information about summer childcare, visit Programs and Services

Does the Lycée have a dress code for maternelle students?

Yes, children are required to follow the school dress code outlines below:

  • Plain navy pants, shorts, skort, tunic
  • Plain white, red or navy top
  • Navy socks or tights.

Items do not need to be purchased at any particular store. 

Fridays are casual dress day for Maternelle Program students. 

How do I learn more about the Maternelle Program?

Attend one of our upcoming open houses or book a private tour by contacting admissions@lycee.ca.  

 

 

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