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Creativity

Creativity is more than just Imagination

Creativity is the ability to recognize and imagine new, unusual ideas, to realize them and produce something new. We encourage innovative problem-solving. We consider creativity as crucial for a successful, independent, and happy life. Young children demonstrate endless imagination and creativity. Our education will shape innovators not conformists.

La Petite Colline promotes a culture of creative problem solving. Our program is designed to provide opportunity for choice and discovery. We support and reward curiosity and exploration and provide age-appropriate, inspiring and meaningful challenges. La Petite Colline encourage confidence, engagement and respects the willingness to try. We encourage children to express themselves through art, language, problem-solving and reward the unusual solutions. We concentrate on diversity, collaboration, and usefulness in purpose while appealing to children’s interest in novelty and the wonder about the world.

Emotional and Social Skills

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage emotions, and an essential part of life. Especially for young children, emotions and challenging or new social situations can be overwhelming and difficult to understand and express in a progressively positive way.

Our program helps to acquire and increase flexible skills to recognize, understand, and deal with emotions. Empathy and respect for diversity and individuality is one of our core values.Emotional Intelligence is an important part of leadership, true friendship, empowerment, and key to a successful and happy life.

La Petite Colline helps children acquire emotional and social skills by acknowledging each child’s perspective, allowing self-expression, promoting positive feelings, and encouraging alternative problem-solving.

Your child will be more confident and courageous in social situations and show positive strategies to reduce stress and frustration when she or he is experiencing successful attempts.

Academic mastery

The Basics: First, developing a relationship with learning

Language & Literacy: Children will engage in conversation with their peers and teachers and will be encouraged to express their ideas and ask questions. Teachers will read aloud to children as well as guide children through creating their own stories and books. Our youngest learners will be introduced to sounds and word play through stories, songs and games. Children in our 3, 4 and 5 year old classrooms will use letters and letter concepts in writing their own names, recognizing and writing their friend’s names, creating signs and labels for creations and artwork as well as writing story books. Literacy concepts will be presented in a meaningful and natural way and the teachers will individualize their approach depending on the children’s interest and abilities.

Math: Our youngest learners will experience math by working with patterns both in the classroom and in nature, playing counting games and singing songs. In the 3, 4 and 5 year old classrooms, children will use math concepts in all aspects of their play: planning how many objects are needed so everyone can play, measuring and weighing ingredients for cooking projects, counting money and pricing items for bake sales and setting the table for lunch and snack. Patterns, sorting, and shapes as well as counting and simple addition and subtraction will be woven throughout the curriculum and used in a concrete, hands on way.

Business concept class: objects’ weight and balance; Why are my parents working? What is trading? What is money?

Science: Our classrooms are inspired by natural light and are filled with windows and skylights. Much of our day will be spent in nature, either in the garden or in the local parks. Children in all age groups will plant seeds and watch them grow, learn about weather concepts, and observe how our garden changes as the seasons change. Our materials allow children to experiment with concepts of light and reflection as well as color mixing. We will explore seasonal fruits and vegetables and prepare snacks and meals together as a community.

Social Studies: Social Studies begins with our youngest children learning about themselves and others, resolving conflicts, expressing their feelings, exploring their community, and interacting with positive behavior. Our 3, 4 and 5 year olds will engage in studies of the neighborhood, visiting local shops and restaurants and learning about what they do there. We will explore very basic business and economic concepts, such as “jobs” and “work” by interviewing neighborhood shopkeepers as well as our parents. The children will have jobs within their classroom to foster a sense of independence and community.

Toys

Educational materials and arts are carefully selected to support co-operation, creativity, exploration. La Petite Colline believes in relevant play/toy experiences can help children cultivate new skill sets. Learning through toys allows children to think deeply and internalize learning. It can also contribute to more group collaborations, and a mind-set for concepts such as sharing, waiting, contributing, compromise but also taking charge, and focusing on a task in order to reach a mutual goal.

We offer hands-on interactive experiences such as with our Magnetic interactive wall, which highlights slope, momentum, and gravity through hands-on experimentation. Children arrange rings and ramps to create vertical or horizontal paths for wooden balls. In our fiberglass studio and light laboratory children are playing with colors, patterns, and forms. Our young scientists also get to examine animal, insect, and human x-ray images on our light tables. Another highlight is our material discovery boxes, which stimulate their imagination.

We offer hands-on learning with mathematics, language, and small motor coordination through manipulative symbolic materials that children can touch, move, sort, pile, and incorporate into their pretend play. A string of small magnets might become a train on a journey somewhere in your child’s imagination. Soft clay also offers pretending time and language skill-building as he or she talks about what is being created. Puzzles promote deductive reasoning and recognizing patterns. The goal is to address as many ways children learn through each of their experiences at La Petite Colline.