Classroom environment

A young child primarily experiences the world through their senses. Everything is to be touched, tasted, smelled, listened to, and examined carefully.

The classroom will be designed for children and offer:
• opportunities for independent and collaborative play
• opportunities for quiet play that is separated from active play
• opportunities to grow in all developmental domains
• sufficient challenge and diversity in play activities provided
• possibilities for privacy and quiet alone time
• easy and independent access to a wide range of materials and equipment


1-2 years old

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
– Carl Sagan

You love a safe, nurturing and inspiring environment that is ready for your exploration. The space we have created for you is a homelike atmosphere where you can flourish. The consistent daily routine, with enough time for free play, allows you to feel safe and confident. You know what to expect and adore the additional surprises and special events that bring a sense of adventure and discovery. Your caring teachers guide you and make you feel comfortable and cared for. Your clean and organized classroom is filled with endless opportunities, amazing toys, and books from all over the world that you can touch, feel and explore.

Sometimes you’re in the garden for story-telling or art-work. Other times you crawl and take some of your first steps in the garden, surrounded by nature. It’s great to have so many places in the classroom where you can become a master of “pulling up” or “walking”. The classroom has floor to ceiling windows and sometimes a bird looks inside to say hello. It’s just like being outside but our radiant heated floors keep you warm and cozy even if its snowing outside. You find new friends and learn how to communicate and express yourself even if the only words you might know are“daddy”, “mama”, “no” or “more”.

Potty training: We will follow the parent and child’s lead when it comes to potty training. We strive to partner with parents and whatever you are working on at home, we will work on at school. During the transition from diapers, we will remind and encourage the children to use the toilet frequently throughout the day and provide lots of updates about how he/she is doing.



2-3 years old

The one who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices; he is free and nothing holds him back.
– Henri Matisse

You are filled with creativity and eager to learn. Your teachers guide you and support you in your discoveries. You have grown-ups around you who know your likes and dislikes and this gives you more confidence to express yourself and explore new horizons. You adore new challenges and inspirations. Sometimes you try to make a perfect track for the wooden ball on the large magnetic wall with friends, other days you investigate light, colors and shapes in the light laboratory by yourself.

Explore nature outside in the Japanese garden, collecting stones, exploring the water pump, digging for worms, or just enjoy listening to the the birds sing. You love being around other children and are starting to form real friendships. It’s amazing how much fun it can be learning to share, working on building something together, and even working through conflicts together. You are mastering language and finding your independence.

You are working so hard on expressing your feelings and frustrations using your words. You feel comfortable sharing your joys and your challenges with your teachers. You are experiencing a lot of “aha” and “wow” moments. Every day  you have the chance to learn and play with younger or older children from other classes by making choices about what project you will work on. No matter what you choose, from art work, role playing, or construction you all learn from one another.


3-4 years old

Whoever wants to understand much must play much.
– Gottfried Benn

You are a master of imagination and expression. La Petite Colline provides you with the tools, crafts, materials and of course the opportunities to realize and express your ideas and feelings. During the day you may be collaborating with your friends on a construction with pipes or working on a painting or drawing. You have the freedom to choose what you would like to do.

You know exactly what you like and what you don’t like, but La Petite Colline gives you the opportunity to try new things and expand your horizons. There are many chances for you to work in groups with other children and also time to work independently. You love to make up stories and act them out with your friends, ask questions, dance, build, create and sing. You have a vivid imagination. You learn new ways of expressing your ideas and feelings through art, such as new painting or drawing techniques and you are proud to share these with your family and friends.

With Role-play and Art you recreate your experiences and express all the new things you are learning. You create experiments and learn through “trial and error”. Sometimes things don’t work out the way you planned and thats okay, its the best way to learn. Your teacher understands you, inspires you and gives you guidance. Working independently and in small groups, you learn through the hands-on exploration of  materials such as, art projects, block building, storytelling and books, cooking, drama, games, music and movement, and outdoor play.


4-5 years old

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
– Helen Kelle

You are almost ready for elementary school. A new, exciting stage in life that you are well prepared for, is about to begin.

You enjoy all the opportunities to play, explore and create that La Petite Colline provides you. You enjoy the daily activities in your classroom, the garden and outside at neighborhood parks. You are ready for the challenges of elementary school. The social skills and literacy skills you have gained at La Petite Colline provide you with a solid foundation. You are confident in your abilities and true to yourself.

You appreciate the small group size, because it gives you the opportunity to improve your reading, writing and counting skills. You get one-on-one time with your teacher to work on the important pre-academic skills you will need for the transition to Kindergarten. You love exploring rhythm and music by playing on our electronic drum machine and creating beats with your friends. Every day you spend time in the garden or in one of the four nearby playgrounds. You learn about new fruits and vegetables, and measurement concepts during cooking projects with your friends and teachers.

We encourage you to try new things and to be okay with making mistakes. Only the courageous are brave enough to be wrong. Making mistakes is part of growing up!

Your classroom is a beautiful, state-of-the-art space with opened-ended materials, set up to help you become effective in expressing your imagination creatively and learn through collaboration. You are learning more and more new words and ways of expressing yourself, and can point out letter sounds and rhyming words, and maybe even write your own name and the names of your friends.


A typical day at La Petite Colline for ages 1-2:

8:15-8:50 Arrival and Free Choice Play/Diaper Changing and Bathroom: Children will be arriving, transitioning into the classroom and are able to explore the various areas of the classroom.

8:50-9:00 Welcome Dance

9:00-9:20 Morning Meeting: Children will come together to talk about the day’s events and participate in songs, fingerplays or a read aloud.

9:20-9:35 Yoga/Body Awareness

10:00-10:45 Garden/Park/Playground & Morning Snack

11:00-11:30 Lunch

12:00-2:45 Brush Teeth and prepare for Nap/Rest

3:00-4:00 Workshop/Cooperative Learning Groups: Teachers will work with the children in two different groups on art projects, science & numbers.

Garden/ Outdoor class: A time for the class to gather together and play games, sing, dance, read stories but also introducing numbers & letters

4:00-4:30 PM Snack

4:30-5:30 Learning Centers: Children will explore the various areas of the classroom and teachers will work with children individually or in groups.

5:00-5:30 Freeplay/Dismissal

5:30-6:00 Pick-up


A Typical Day at La Petite Colline for ages 2-5

8:15- 8:50  Drop-off/Free-play: children will have the opportunity to work on quiet activities at different stations throughout the classroom. Breakfast till 8:30

8:50-9:00 Welcome Dance

9:00-9:15  Yoga/Body Awareness: Group Physical Activity

9:15-9:30 Circle Time: this is a time for children to develop a sense of belonging to a group. Social Skills are enhanced. Children learn to take part in group conversations, share ideas, and listen to the ideas of others. Morning meeting will contain literacy experiences as well as math or science, depending on the day and the topic of discussion.

9:30-10:00 Workshop: The teacher will also be working on projects with small groups of children or individuals, guiding the exploration. Depending on the weather, part of morning work time may also be held outdoors. (journaling, drawing, painting or another expression artform).

10:00-10:15 AM Snack: Indoor or Outdoor, depending on the weather

10:15-11:30 Outdoor Time/Active Play: we will spend time in one of the local parks or playgrounds. In cases of inclement weather, we will have active indoor play.

11:30-12:00 Lunch

12:00-2:45 Brush Teeth and prepare for Nap/Rest: children who wake up early/are not napping will participate in quiet activities during this time

3:00-4:00 Garden/Outdoor Workshop

4:00-4:30 PM Snack

4:30-5:00 Project workchildren will be working in small groups on projects in their classroom as well as in other classrooms

5:00-5:30 Freeplay/Clean Up/Dismissal

5:30-6:00  Pick-up