IB programs starting in kindergarten

The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) is for students aged 3 to 12.

Between 0 and 6 years old, the child goes through what Maria Montessori calls the sensitive periods, that is to say that the student will be able to learn. Very quickly the notion to which he is sensitive. The Montessori teacher is trained to perceive these periods and allows the child to incorporate in depth learning.

The classes are composed of about twenty students supervised by an educator and an assistant.

From kindergarten, children study daily with a half a day in French and a half day in English. Languages are taught in immersion and teachers only speak their mother tongue in the classroom.

Everything is done to promote the development of the child. The classroom environment is adapted to their needs allowing them to acquire order, to develop movement and sensory refinement, to improve language skills, to discover mathematics, science or to adapt to life in a community when they are ready and therefore incorporating all these notions durably.

It is common in a Montessorian classroom to have children who can read at the age of 3.

The task of the child is to create the person to come. They should not be forced into this task. The adult will be a harmonious individual, but only to the extent that they have lived through all stages of development as nature lays before them.

⸻ Maria Montessori

Promoting the Development of the Child

About twenty students supervised by an educator and at least one assistant.

One of the great riches of Maria Montessori’s work is the development of a specific and scientifically studied material to maximize the development of the child.

The student, guided by their desire to learn, chooses their work according to their sensitivity of the moment. The teacher is there to guide them in what to learn, but does not dictate how the student will achieve the result. A prepared and evolving atmosphere is essential to encourage concentration and attention.

The child therefore acquires from kindergarten vast knowledge, self-confidence, and learns to respect the others and their environment all the while being happy to go to school.

While interacting with a material, a student can observe if they have completed the task correctly. They don’t need a teacher to correct them — the correction is built into the material or work.

⸻ Maria Montessori

The Child Learns to Become Autonomous

Upon entering school, the student learns to become independent

It is always amazing to see how children are able to concentrate when performing the exercises they have selected themselves. From an early age they develop self-discipline and focus on learning new concepts. The natural curiosity of the child is motivated by a teaching that must be optimal. Then the student progresses and is happy to learn.

As soon as they begin school, the student learns to become autonomous in order to be able to take charge of their own life and especially to be aware of his presence at school. It will be easier for an independent student to learn about their strengths and weaknesses and to adapt their efforts by personally setting goals without having to be evaluated.

They want to do their work alone, knowing that the teacher is present, and less concerned with the results than with the satisfaction of accomplishing the task.

We strive to meet all the conditions to ensure a harmonious development of the child by offering them a suitable space, a quality education, and qualified teachers.

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