Welcome to the “Maternelle”!
Rochambeau’s preschool welcomes you into a multicultural learning environment based on the highly respected French Ministry of Education's early childhood education.
In a warm and nurturing environment, appropriately called the “Maternelle”, students from 2 to 5 years old discover the world and acquire skills and knowledge, in both French and English, that will ensure their future academic success.
We favor a project-oriented, interdisciplinary approach to learning in which logical thinking, math, imagination, creativity, communication and physical education are combined to be both stimulating and fun!
Rochambeau believes that:
Children learn through play:
Games help children become autonomous, understand reality, use their imaginations, improve motor skills and test out different social roles.
Children learn by resolving problems:
High level cognitive activities stimulate a child’s curiosity, desire to learn, and intellectual independence.
Children learn through practice and reflection:
Young children learn over an extended period of time and their progress is rarely linear. Learning requires time, repetition and conscious reflection.
Children learn by remembering and memorizing:
Teachers propose learning activities then ask the children to recount each experience and demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired.
Cycles of learning
The Maternelle is a 4-year "Initial Learning" Cycle during which students develop their linguistic and social skills and become active members of their class and school communities.
Rochambeau's preschool education focuses on:
- Spoken language
- Group integration
- Becoming a “student”
- Physical activity to explore and develop their motor skills
- Discovering the world
- Perception, imagination and creativity
- The discovery of writing.
Our early learners in the Maternelle explore the world through play and “hands-on” activities. They discover new sensory experiences and develop their motor, emotional and intellectual skills. The highly skilled Rochambeau teachers instill learning techniques that create a firm foundation for future knowledge acquisition.