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4's Program

Moyenne Section 

The Moyenne Section curriculum prepares 4's students for more formal and structured activities in preparation for entrance into private and public Kindergarten programs. The 4's program emphasizes the development of literacy and focuses on letter and sound correspondences, letter shaping, forming syllables, and word recognition. Math concepts are also introduced with numbers and quantity, sequencing and patterns, shape recognition, and problem-solving. The 4's curriculum offers plenty of time for collective and individual art projects, a lending library, and an introduction to music and instrumental practice.

  • Children must be 3 years and 10 months old by the first day of school

  • Children attend 5 full days per week until 2:30 pm

  • After school option is available until 6:00 pm through Play Kids Greenpoint

  • All students must be toilet-trained

French Language:
Oral & Written

Students are led toward the beginning stages of literacy and become familiar with the concepts of reading and writing. Our Oral & Written Language section is a progression of learning from lower levels and is held on a daily basis.

 

Children learn through poems, international tales, and a variety of children’s literature. Storytelling allows them to acquire new knowledge and vocabulary as they begin to compare the two distinct dialects of written and spoken French.

Instruction on how the French alphabetic code works will be taught so that students can progress to writing. Students will learn to observe, describe, explain and write their own simple and familiar words.

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Critical Thinking & Math

French for Little Ones use methods recommended by the French “Éducation Nationale” system to teach Critical Thinking and Mathematics. It is a progression of learning from lower levels and is held on a daily basis. The  French “Éducation Nationale” methods implement math ritual activities (calendar use,  number identification, counting, reciting numerical songs, etc.), and a learning time called “temps d'apprentissage,"  which includes math manipulation, games, group table and autonomous activities and an introduction to addition and subtraction.

Arts & Crafts: 
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Our 4’s program students discover and understand the differences between drawing, writing, and design. Motor skills are explored as well as the expression of the imagination through sensory play and discoveries. Our arts and craft curriculum helps students understand and adapt gestures like tracing and recreating popular artwork through examples from the art world including self-portraits of Frida Khalo, landscapes from Vincent Van Gogh, and seasonal themes. Students will learn to express their own ideas through art.

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World Exploration: 
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World Exploration is incorporated into our curriculum through the celebration and exploration of diversity by showcasing different types of cultural expressions. Children can partake in celebrating a variety of holidays and cultural traditions such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, La Chandeleur, the Epiphany with Galette des Rois cake, Mardi-Gras, etc.

 

Each day also includes outdoor exploration in our neighborhood offering a rich variety of dynamic teaching experiences. Through these exploratory observations, students learn how to explain and predict interactions between objects, learn how organisms live, grow and respond to their environment as well as understand seasons and Earth’s processes.

Students will also begin to learn the concept of community as they learn about how neighborhoods make up cities, cities make up states, states make up nations, etc. The main subjects are responsible citizenship, different types of families, holidays around the world, community, and geography.

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A Typical Day

  • 8:45 - 9:15am Arrival & Free Play: Children explore the playspace and activities.

  • 9:30 - 10:00am  Morning Circle: Children gather to sing songs, listen to stories, and talk about the day ahead.

  • 10:15 - 10:30am  Snack Time:  Snacks are provided by families.

  • 10:30 - 11:00am Phonetics & Critical Thinking: Book reading, language & writing, and phonological awareness activities

  • 11:15 - 12:00pm Outdoor or Indoor Play: Weather permitting, children go to the park to explore nature, play, and engage in gross motor activities.

  • 12:15 - 12:30pm Lunch: Children sit together and enjoy their meal. Lunch is provided by families.

  • 12:45 - 1:15pm Critical thinking, math, numeration, and geometry activities

  • 1:30 - 2:00pm Enrichment activities such as cooking, science, and mindfulness activities 

  • 1:30 - 2:30pm Enrichment Activities Cooking, science, sensory play, and mindfulness activities such as yoga. Exploration table toys and art materials

  • 2:30pm Dismissal of full-day students.

  • After school available upon request via PlayKids Greenpoint