Teach me to do it alone
A morning in 3-6
The partnership between the teaching team and the parents is essential to promote a quality welcome for the child who will spend a part of their day at Les Colibris. Together, we will meet the needs of each child, according to their age, and thus offer them elements of physical and emotional security, and elements of socialization.
Your child is at the age where he or she becomes aware of himself or herself. We help them become independent, enrich their sensory perceptions, refine their hand skills, explore language, prepare for writing, reading, mathematics and raise their awareness of culture. In this way, he or she builds the foundations for his intellectual and academic development.
THE WELCOME IN THE CHILDREN’S HOUSE(children aged 3-6)
We have carefully prepared the environment (the classroom) to create the best conditions for your child to build and develop harmoniously, physically, intellectually, psychologically, emotionally and socially. Your child is cared for individually, in a privileged way and at his or her own pace.
Goals of the children’s house
- Help each child to develop by enhancing his or her personal strengths.
- Encourage the child to be generous, tolerant and responsible.
- Stimulate curiosity, desire to learn and thirst for knowledge.
- Promote self-confidence.
RESPECT FOR THE CHILD AND HIS OR HER PERSONALITY
In a Montessori (classroom) atmosphere, each child is considered as a unique individual within the group and respected as such, in all their physical, intellectual and emotional integrity. The way we respond to their needs is crucial to the construction of their personality, the formation of their intelligence and the development of social meaning.
A PREPARED ENVIRONMENT
A prepared environment is a place where the child will find all the elements necessary for his or her physical, psychological and emotional development. This environment, adapted to the child’s size and strength, consists of several series of activities (practical life, sensory development activities, language, mathematics, geography) designed to respond to each stage of the child’s psychometric development and allows the child to access an autonomous activity. All educational activities and materials are introduced individually by the educator and then made freely available to the child to allow him or her to experience the activity for themselves. Each child can therefore freely choose his activity according to an internal, deep motivation and use the material as long as he wishes. By practicing regularly, the child focuses his attention and gradually develops his concentration. This concrete and indepedent experience will enable the child to organize his or her thoughts, build his or her reasoning skills and strengthen his or her inner security.
DEVELOPMENT OF SELF-MANAGEMENT AND A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY
The Montessori educator accompanies the young child in the construction of his personality, the knowledge of himself and in the conquering of his independence. In this “open” atmosphere, the child is encouraged to become a responsible actor in his or her environment. He gradually becomes aware of his identity and experiences his ability to act positively.
COOPERATION AND SOLIDARITY RATHER THAN COMPETITION
The school welcomes children divided into cycles, in which they share the same environment. This cohabitation of different ages and abilities promotes exchange, cooperation and mutual respect. They are allowed to learn respect and how to work independently and collectively.
LEARNING AS A MOTIVATING AND POSITIVE EXPERIENCE
Learning should be an exciting and constructive experience that encourages the child’s natural motivation and cultivates curiosity. The role of the Montessori educator is to accompany the child in their achievements. The educator step in appropriately and discretely in a constructive manner that is never intrusive. This allows the child to acquire autonomy in work, self-confidence and inner discipline. The Montessori educator works with each child individually, or in small groups according to their progress, respecting their own pace and specific needs.
MONTESSORI EQUIPMENT: DEVELOPMENT EQUIPMENT
From 3 to 6 years old, the child build his self-confidence. It is now essential to give him the means for structuring and organizing his thinking. The Montessori material presented to the child is designed to develop his or her sensory perceptions and to develop his or her thinking. In the children’s house (cycle 3-6), the material is divided into 4 areas:
Practical living equipment
By handling these everyday objects, he or she practices the gestures of his or her cultural group (pouring liquids, washing hands, dressing, taking care of plants, etc.). He works on fine, gross motor skills, personal care, environmental care, concentration and self-confidence (“I do it by myself”).
Development of mathematical thinking with materialized abstract activities (small/large, short/long, smooth/rough, perimeter of a square, base of a triangle etc…).
This material allows the introduction of more complex abstractions (numbering, function of operations, additions, subtractions, multiplication…)
We first support the enrichment of vocabulary and the diversification of expression. It begins with refinement exercises of voluntary movement to develop the fine motor skills of the hand to prepare for writing. The introduction of writing and reading will continue with Montessori material.
A DAY IN OUR CHILDREN’S HOUSE (children 3-6 years old)
THE 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…
A performance will take place 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 funny and entertaining multi-sports games 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 3-6 ans 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…
Every Thursday children aged 3-6 years practice yoga with Carine, a yoga teacher.
We focus on the education of the child as a whole, the mind, body and spirit. Yoga, by its very nature, supports this learning. Children at the Colibris School practice yoga from kindergarten from the age of 2.
Yoga helps children to build their self-confidence. This allows them to feel more comfortable with their bodies, and helps them to connect with their inner strength. A child learning yoga will develop attention and relaxation, essential skills for a healthy and wellbeing life, both physically and mentally.
Here are some of the benefits of yoga applied to the education of the child as a whole, thus maximizing the learning process
o Gives students a healthy tool for expressing and balancing their emotions
o Allows one to feel more comfortable and relaxed – the perfect state for teaching and learning
o Places students in the present moment – a basic condition for learning
o Encourages community and connectivity within the classroom contributes to creating an environment of trust, enthusiasm and non-competitiveness where everyone can succeed
o Creates opportunities for beneficial relaxing breaks throughout the day
o Relieves anxiety and tension
o Improves attention, concentration, comprehension and memory
o Provides opportunities for reflection, patience and insight, reducing reaction by impulsivity
o Supports social and emotional learning
o Improves listening skills
o Awakens slow minds and creativity according to needs
o Improves organizational and communication skills
o Improves posture, helps students sit comfortably for long periods of time
o Improves motor skills and balance
o Improves body/mind awareness and connection
o Improves confidence and self-esteem
o Encourages respect for self and others
o Creates calm, harmony in the classroom
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 at his own care (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 welcome 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 8:30 am to 8:45 am.
- END OF SCHOOL PICK UP from 16h00 to 16h15.
- AFTER SCHOOL CARE from 16h20 to 17h50.
3735, route des Dolines
06410 BIOT / Sophia Antipolis
Alpes-Maritimes, Côte d’Azur, France