6-12 year olds

Teach me to think by myself and to discover the world

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6-9 years

Class presentation ORANGE

6-12 years

class presentation EMERAUDE

Educational organisation at Les Colibris

From 6 to 12 years, the child builds himself and his intellectual thinkingThe work of the Montessori elementary school is based on what Maria Montessori called cosmic education“. This “cosmic” 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 proceededMore generally, “cosmic education” seeks to provide a global perspective to the child before going into detail.

Prepared environment

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, lookingtalking incessantly, share their knowledgeexperiences, discoveries. They need to work and act as a group to develop sociallyThe advice of a friend is sometimes more important than that of the adults and children can be very affected by relationships with othersThis is the period of great friendshipsFor this reason, the lessons are taught in small groups. It serves the interests of children, who are then 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 freedomThe child of the elementary school has the freedom to choose their work and can work spontaneously and with passion” for long stretches of uninterrupted timeBut 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 Montessori 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, interest and 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 cyclethe creation of the earth, the life of plants and animals, human life, language, mathematics and 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 teacher builds 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 ElementaryIn France, in the few Montessori elementary classes, the group of Senior Elementary is often a 9-11 groupconsisting 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 the middle school in “5ème”.


THE BENEFITS OF MUSIC AND THEATER EDUCATION AT SCHOOL                                                                                         The benefits of music and theater education for this age group are to create games
around music, movement and emotional feelings. Children will therefore develop
their personalities through large symphonic works, choral singing, body movements
and verbal expressions.

From a young age I have been playing the piano: from school to the conservatory, it
has finally become my job. I am an experienced piano teacher, graduated from the
Russian and French schools (Normal School of Music). Although I have tried other
professional experiences – music has always won, because it is my passion and my
favorite field. I constantly trained in different classical and alternative methods of
teaching musical art (“Education by Art”, “Piano Libre”, etc.)

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday I take care of teaching Music and Theater for

children in grades 3-6 at Les Colibris school.


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.


The benefits of Sport

Physical activity promotes healthy growth and development. By moving, the child masters more and more motor skills and works his muscles. He thus develops his strength, power and endurance. Regular stretching exercises can also increase flexibility. In addition, the child works on sociability, the cult of effort, willpower, the desire to succeed in order to be better than oneself … Sport is also effective in combating stress. I work with cooperative / non-competitive games, team building exercises for positive group dynamics, problem solving and negotiation. The children practice together games of motor skills through exercises and multisport games. In these collective activities, they use accessories such as hoops, balls, scarves, studs and bars, balance beams …


The sessions are on Thursday and Friday afternoons.

Nicolas Rigault, sports teacher

I am a state certified sports coach, having worked and working with children and adults from the youngest age up to 83 years.

I will make children of 3-6 years old work on their motor skills through fun and entertaining exercises and multi-sports games with accessories such as hoops, balls and balls, scarves, blocks and bars, balance beam … .


Hélène Lanterre

Eco Life teacher, walks in the forest with children children:

Hello, my name is Helene. After my language studies, I moved to London where I had my first teaching experience: working with children with special educational needs in a bilingual primary school. After returning to France 6 years ago, I taught English in a bilingual school at CE2 level. Since
Last September, I teach English in associations and I give private lessons. I also started a Nature Club, inspired by the Forest Schools, during which I take the children on an adventure in the middle of nature. Nature is my refuge, where I recharge my batteries and where I draw inspiration. When I see how children thrive outside, how they question,
explore, connect, create, imagine, collaborate. . ,

I am convinced that moving from
time outdoors is essential to their physical and mental health and that is why
begins the appreciation of the natural world and the desire to take care of it.



The benefits of chess

Chess promotes brain growth. The chess game challenges the brain and stimulates the growth of dendrites, the bodies that send signals to neural cells in the brain. With more dendrites, neural communication in the brain improves and becomes faster. Think of your brain as a computer processor. Branches of dendrite trees that communicate with other neurons, making this “processor” much faster in its optimal state. Interaction and activities with other people also stimulate the growth of dendrite, and the chess game is a perfect example.

For 5 years, Charlotte & Stevens have taught chess in our school during school hours. Charlotte and Stevens learned chess when they were 5 years old, then they really went into it at the age of 12. At middle school, they started doing competitions at the national level.  Charlotte works with beginners and Stevens with intermediate & advanced levels.

The sessions are on Tuesday afternoons.


The benefits of judo

The child will develop his motor skills, flexibility, and the sense of balance by multiplying playful exercises of rolling and movements of all kinds standing and on the ground. The fight in itself presupposes the development of important physical resources, both muscular and cardiovascular. The values ​​of judo are: courage is doing what is right. Sincerity is expressing yourself without disguising your thoughts. Honor is being faithful to the word given. Modesty is talking about yourself without pride. Training always begins with a warm-up to prepare the physique for the effort. Then, the judokas are introduced to the techniques specific to judo which consist in unbalancing the opponent and falling without hurting oneself. The training is done most of the time with peers. Judo is on Thursday afternoons.



The benefits of swimming


Children develop their coordination, movement, joint and muscle flexibility and motor skills. They discover new sensations and become aware of their body. Your child’s breathing capacity also tends to develop. He gains over training in cardiovascular endurance.


Children will swim in the pool on Fridays with the Nautipolis lifeguards.


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.


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.

The admissions

To enroll your child in school you can:

  1. Visit the school on Saturday or at the open house: register here
  2. Observe in class, make an appointment here
  3. Follow the process to register your child: here

School fees

Consult the registration file here

Contact us


+33(0)4 93 63 29 96


3735, route des Dolines
06410 BIOT / Sophia Antipolis
Alpes-Maritimes, Côte d’Azur, France