Once again, welcome to the 2016/2017 school year at La Maternelle French Academy. I have quite some exciting news to share with you.
First, the school curriculum has changed over the summer and we are now following the new curriculum established last year by the French ministry of Education. The program is now divided into five areas (Cycle 1)
- becoming a pupil
- learning to speak and organize language, and beginning to write
- corporal movement and expression
- discovering the world
- imaging, sensing, and creating
Below is a video link in French from Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the French Minister of Education explaining the new programs with clarity and details:
Of course, the main purpose of La Maternelle stays the same, learning French while allowing children to develop their full potential and to have a successful first experience with a school. The emphasis is on the acquisition of language and its development, the discovery of the world of writing and that of numbers as well as learning to “live together”. Both Petite Section and Moyenne Section now both work as a unit so your child has not one teacher but two teachers. Like always, arts projects are in the spotlight and are mainly used as tools for language development.
Second, we are now focusing on pragmatic and hands-on activities that children do together in a small group. This way they use critical and creative thinking processes to learn from others and especially from themselves.
Third, children will now dictate brief texts to the teacher so as they can see the correspondence between oral communication and written communication. Socialization and language are the key points of interest in this new approach. Not only will the children continue to acquire strong oral foundations in French but they will build relationships and interact positively with others. We want them to be responsible for their own learning, as they work independently and in groups.