The Bilingual Montessori School of Paris - George V

23 avenue George V, 75008 Paris

Our school at 23 avenue George V, was the first school to open in 1972. It is located on the premises of the American Cathedral in Paris.

The School

  • A caring and professional team.
  • An environment that gives children the desire to learn and to go to school.

A Linguistic and Cultural Immersion

Our school is 100% bilingual, each class has a full-time English-speaking teacher and a full-time French-speaking teacher. They stick to their own language to reinforce the use and acquisition of both languages. 
The children work all day with Montessori materials, the educators guide them in English or French, and vice versa. Bilingualism occurs naturally, either through our educational team or among the children; this year we have 18 different nationalities in the two classes.

In our schools, English is practiced daily with the native English-speaking teacher who focuses on developing oral skills (comprehension and expression) through fun activities. The children learn the basics of spoken language by relating the words they hear to the work they do with their teachers or in small groups. The language as we practice it is that of everyday life; the children are perfectly capable of recording it and soaking up its sounds, which allows them to repeat the words with a perfect accent.

The Toddler Community (children from 2 to 3 years old, limited to 14 children)

“Learning to learn, and learning together in a bilingual and multicultural environment.”

Our childcare community is an adapted living space that meets the essential needs of the youngest children. It aims to prepare each child for the environment in which they will evolve, and for the beginning of socialization.

Adaptation

During the first few weeks, the child has the opportunity to come to school for shorter periods of time, for example for one or two hours, until he/she is completely adapted to his/her new environment. Separation and maturity must be carefully considered. We attach great importance to respecting the child's rhythm.

There are two possibilities for enrollment:

  • Half-time registration on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:45am to 12pm.
  • Full-time registration on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:45am to 4pm. The child eats lunch and takes a nap or a rest period before resuming Montessori and motor skills activities.

An Age of Exploration for the Child

Order and movement are at the heart of our introductory class. We offer children motor skills and awareness activities so that they become aware of their own bodies, so that they can develop their muscles and their psychomotricity.

In this fundamental period for language acquisition, we put in place several types of activities to promote its development and encourage the toddler to use new words: different nomenclatures of images and objects, associations of cards and objects, games, analysis of sounds... in English and French.

We provide drawing, collage, painting and play dough materials to allow the child to express his/her creativity. These activities are always carried out according to the child's needs, with the concern of never hindering his or her momentum.

The child grows through the opportunity to experiment and act in an environment that is appropriate for him/her. Our educational team is there to satisfy his intellectual and manual curiosity and to awaken his natural learning tools. The activities also include practical life exercises and sensory disciplines.

RESPECT (respect for the environment, self and others) is key to the Montessori philosophy. Cooperation rather than competition, this experience promotes "the joy of learning".

The children progress step by step towards a happy and harmonious entry into the 3 to 6 year old class.

Children’s House (3 to 6 years old, limited to 24 children)

“The child becomes an actor of his development.”

Children from 3 to 6 years old are welcomed from 8:45 am to 4:00 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, by a French-speaking educator with a Montessori International diploma (AMI) and an English-speaking educator with an AMI diploma.

The children have lunch together at the school. The meal is a moment of sharing and discovery, which is part of the Montessori pedagogy. Menus are prepared and delivered by our supplier and are made up of fresh organic and local vegetables and fruits. The children are invited to set the table, serve themselves independently and clear the table. They are supervised by the teaching staff in this moment of conviviality and mutual aid.

The Three Ages in the Same Class

Maria Montessori created an open classroom for children from three to six years of age that is arranged to work and learn together. This atmosphere promotes cooperation rather than competition. There is a high level of interaction between the different ages, with younger children identifying with the older ones, and older children enjoying helping the younger ones complete their activities on their own. 
We provide the children with the necessary environment such as long hours, Montessori certified materials and curiosity to facilitate their learning.

The Program Has Four Basic Disciplines

Practical Life: It consists of everyday objects or activities (buttoning/unbuttoning, peeling, pouring water...). These out-of-context exercises allow students to refine their movements and acquire the dexterity and confidence necessary to put them into practice without risking failure. They contribute to the acquisition and development of self-confidence and autonomy.

Sensory Material: Activities that develop the five senses, allowing the child to study differences and contrasts and to perform a job of discrimination and comparison.

Language: The teaching of language (writing and reading) is carried out through games of sound analysis, associations of sounds and signs, and practical life and sensory materials that help refine the gestures of writing. The principle of reading is acquired at the end of the kindergarten cycle.
We reaffirm the primordial place of language as an essential condition for success. The stimulation and structuring of oral language on the one hand, and the progressive entry into the culture of writing on the other hand, will be part of our priorities.

Mathematics: This material has been specially designed to help children experiment sensorially with the concepts of number, quantity and operation. The passage to abstraction is thus done naturally.
This material allows children to gradually understand and use numbers. The child will be confronted with pre-numerical and numerical activities. At the end of the kindergarten cycle, the principles of the 4 operations will have all been addressed.

Children also work on geography, biology and botany. Art is an integral part of the learning program.

Stacey, our music teacher, works weekly with all children (ages 2-3 and 3-6) in small groups. She applies the “Music and the Brain” program to music learning. This approach uses the body as the main tool for learning rhythm and music. The children discover and play with various instruments (claves, maracas, triangles, drums and tambourines, xylophone, ukulele).

Record Keeping / Intermediate Feedback / End of Year Evaluation

A learning log is set up for each student and completed by their educators. The summary is given to the parents so that they can follow the different stages of their child's progress. To complete this follow-up, individual half-yearly interviews are organized with the parents. These meetings also aim to involve them in our pedagogical project.

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