6-12 year olds
Teach me to think by myself and to discover the world
VIDEO : class presentation
Educational organisation at Les Colibris
From 6 to 12 years, the child builds himself and his intellectual thinking. The work of the Montessori elementaryschool is based on what Maria Montessori called « cosmic education« . This « universal » education aims at including the child in society in the history of the planet, country, language, numbers he uses, animals and the plants that surround him. Thus, he becomes aware of what he owes to those who have proceeded. More generally, « cosmic education » seeks to provide a global perspective to the child before going into detail.
The child aged 6-12 years is becoming a member of society and seeks the company of his peers more than the one of an adult. Children want to stay together, looking, talking incessantly, share their knowledge, experiences, discoveries. They need to work and act as a group to develop socially. The advice of a friend is sometimes more important than that of the adults and children can be very affected by relationships with others. This is the period ofgreat friendships. For this reason, the lessons are taught in small groups. It serves the interests of children, who arethen more dynamic. The development of knowledge occurs in the discussion, exchange and argument.
The class is a miniature society that develops its laws and rituals. Prepared by the adult to encourage small group work, the organization of the life of the class should help the child to exercise his freedom. The child of the elementary school has the freedom to choose their work and can work spontaneously and « with passion » for long stretches of uninterrupted time. But this freedom goes hand in hand with responsibility. The two thus help the child move towards more independence.
The Montessori materials in the class responds to the interest of the child and cultivates his inquisitive and researcher mind. It also helps the child to memorize, develop his mind and reasoning capabilities of abstraction.
Operation of the Montessory Elementary school
Maria Montessori sought to capture the imagination of children aged 6 to 12 years. Thus, it is the story of the universe that launches all the work of the elementary school. The main objective is to stimulate curiosity, interestand wonder of the child. The teacher gives a starting point for children and arouses the desire to know more, which will lead to other issues and research. The Montessori program is built around five major lessons given at the beginning of 6-12 cycle: the creation of the earth, the life of plants and animals, human life, language, mathematicsand science.
Each year, new students gather for these five lessons. Older children may attend the lesson if they wish, experiencing each story differently every year depending on their maturity and level of understanding. The teacherbuilds each « lesson » using stories, music, and visual patterns, experiments and games. These five « great stories » will open every time a new field: Geography, History, Language, Mathematics, Geometry, Biology. The teacher ensures that every child covers all items.
Depending on the number of children and teachers, a school may offer a group « 6-12″ or two groups Junior Elementary and Senior Elementary. In France, in the few Montessori elementary classes, the group of Senior Elementary is often a 9-11 group, consisting of two age classes only … since the middle school entrance is in « 6ème ».However, some schools offer families to keep children one more year to complete the Montessori cycle and join themiddle school in « 5ème ».
HE BENEFITS OF THEATRE AT SCHOOL
Theatre involves all forms of expression and involves the whole person, physically, emotionally, intellectually, in space time and in the group. It is therefore a fun activity that allows a global learning (cognitive, emotional, sensory, motor and aesthetic).
The theatre proposes the creation of a « sacred space », a protected environment where the possible and the imaginary can be experienced without confusion with the real world. Each child entering this space is welcomed as he or she is, without being judged or evaluated. Thus, each one can get to know his or her emotions and feelings that he does not consciously control in his existence; to learn to know himself and others, under the constant and benevolent attention of the teacher. Then he will be able to build with others. The exchange between individuals in mutual respect brings security and trust. Everyone is led to surpass themselves, to meet others and to feel valued.
Beyond the pure pleasure of acting, theatre allows you to reinvent yourself, to be in an intimate relationship with your own personality, to go in search of yourself. « To do, and in doing so , mature. »
It is with this self-confidence that the child will then enthusiastically invest himself in the preparation of a show intended to be presented to an audience (parents, friends, and possibly a wider audience). Whether by writing a text together, adapting a story, or working on a play, each of them will become aware of the importance of their presence in the whole and give the best of themselves…
Laila Paris, Theatre teacher, works with children from 3 to 12 years old every Tuesday.
A performance will occur at the end of the year.
Ecology at school
Colibris International Montessori School helps to raise students’ awareness of environmental issues. Throughout the year, we organize a range of activities related to environmental protection, responsible consumption and ecological awareness.
Magali PELLEGRIN is involved on Tuesdays in our educational project on the theme of ecology. Children participate in workshops related to the traditional paper recycling technique, the life cycle of materials and selective sorting.
Physical education is offered two hours a week. These are cooperative / non-competitive games, team building exercises for positive group dynamics, problem solving and negotiation.
Every Friday afternoon with Nicolas Rigault, the sports teacher, the children practice team and motricity sports through fun and entertaining multi-sport game with accessories such as hoops, balls and balloons, scarves, blocks and bars, balance beam.
Nicolas Rigault, professeur de sport
Je suis coach sportif diplômé d’état, ayant travaillé et travaillant avec des enfants et adultes du plus jeune âge jusqu’à 83ans.
Je vais faire travailler aux enfants des 3-6ans leur motricité à travers des exercices et jeux multi-sports ludiques et divertissants avec des accessoires comme les cerceaux, les balles et ballons, les foulards, les plots et barres, poutre d’équilibre…
Meal times are a time of sharing, pleasure, discovery and exchange that takes place in a calm atmosphere. The child serves himself independently and participates in the care of himself (brushing his teeth is offered after lunch) and the environment.
Children participate to set the table, clear the table and take care of the compost, which allows them to develop their responsibility and service to the community.
We have chosen a caterer with organic products, the dishes are heated in our kitchen.
Children have 2 options:
- Lunch box, meal prepared and brought in the morning by the parents (no refrigeration or reheating).
- Various organic menus delivered every day by a caterer and served hot by the school
A snack (organic seasonal fruit) is offered to the children every morning.
Full-time children are welcomed on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Part-time children on Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday. On Wednesdays we offer Montessori workshops. Registrar
- PERSONALIZED WELCOME from 8:20 am to 8:30 am.
- END OF SCHOOL PICK UP from 16h20 to 16h30.
- AFTER SCHOOL CARE from 16h20 to 17h50.
After school care
Paid after school care is available from 4:15 pm to 5:50 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays of the school year at Les Colibris. A snack is served during the after school care. The child must be picked up by 17:50 at the latest. There is a possible tax credit of 50% for out-of-home childcare expenses.
Colette and Cassandra will take care of your children at the daycare.
3735, route des Dolines
06410 BIOT / Sophia Antipolis
Alpes-Maritimes, Côte d’Azur, France