The benefits of Cousteau’s Maternelle (Pre-K & Kindergarten)
The cognitive and social skills that will help your child find success in school and work the rest of their life are developed during their first five years. Our pre-school provides the structure to nurture your child’s critical development of these skills from as early as 3 years old. We also offer them the freedom and safety to imagine, play and explore – to still be kids.
During our full day pre-school, your child will be in our care, developing their oral language, discovering writing, numbers and more! And while your child’s pre-school experience will be focused on French, pre-school music lessons are provided in English. A dedicated English teacher also teaches certain lessons and projects to the class over the course of the year.
As your child advances seamlessly at age 5 to Kindergarten, they receive additional English instruction per week.
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Our maternelle classes:
For children from 3 to 5 years old
Petite Section: 3 years old
“Petite Section” or Preschool Year 1 is dedicated to our youngest children. In a small classroom with individualized attention, children start to develop their fine motor skills and cognitive skills like their ability to concentrate, by working with adapted material. Additionally, children are introduced to French with songs and stories, making it easy for them to acquire the basic vocabulary.
As it is required for their age and development, a nap time is reserved for them during the school day.
*Children aged 30 to 36 months must be potty trained to enroll*
Moyenne section: 4 years old
Once children turn 4 years old, they integrate the “Moyenne Section” or Pre-kindergarten section. In this grade, children progress in language development by introducing a wider vocabulary and concepts like syllables.
Children start working in groups and developing their autonomy by taking on small responsibilities inside the class.
Grande Section: Kindergarten (Age 5)
Kindergarten is the first stage of their official academic life. Once having passed through preschool, children start to prepare for elementary school through guided activities such as learning cursive writing, working individually, counting up to 30, among others.
Children work on language and expression by doing activities that require self-awareness and concentration.
Not ready for a full day Pre-K?
Cousteau also offers half-day pre-school experience at La Calypso (located in Vancouver, South Granville neighborhood) with periods of four hours in the morning or four hours in the afternoon. La Calypso is located on the 2nd floor of Maison de la francophonie (1555 West 7th Avenue) and uses the nearby playground of “6th & Fir” Park.