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The “Maternelle,” or preschool in French, is an essential and unique stage in your child’s education.
In France, school is mandatory for children when they turn 3. Therefore, our "Cycle 1" program includes children from 3 years of age to Kindergarten. This means that PK3, PK4, and K (Petite Section, Moyenne Section, and Grande Section) students learn together.
The preschool curriculum is taught exclusively in French to allow all students to acquire the language and benefit from bilingual education, whether their families speak French or not.
Our French language immersion preschool in Winnetka and Hyde Park stimulates our students' language, sensory, motor, cognitive, and social development. At the same time, the children develop their self-esteem and learn to respect others. Preschool naturally becomes where each child achieves major milestones in emotional development and learns to become a student.
The last year of preschool, Kindergarten (Grande Section), is the first bookend of a two-year process when children learn the fundamentals of reading, writing, and counting. Students also begin to write in cursive, an essential skill.
This ensures that they are prepared for primary school.
Cycle 1 is a unique and essential stage for students. Preschool is where each child achieves significant milestones in emotional development and learns to become a student. Our French Institute, located in the North Shore and Hyde Park, goes beyond traditional daycare by providing comprehensive progress monitoring.
Our preschool programs are fully taught in French since language acquisition is a crucial step for their future success at school.
The curriculum includes five learning domains:
At LA PETITE ÉCOLE DE CHICAGO, we evaluate the acquired skills of each student. A report card is issued yearly (in preschool).
Parents are invited twice a year to a private meeting with their child's teacher to speak about their child's progress and answer questions they may have.
Here is an example of a typical day in preschool:
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