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Les Petits Francophones

1255 First Avenue
Oakland, CA 94606

(925) 457-8929


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Linguistic Development: The children will learn to understand French, develop a rich and pertinent vocabulary, acquire a correct syntax. Most importantly, they will learn to express themselves with confidence. The Written Language: The children will discover a wide array of written materials and will become familiar with their written environment. Social Development: The children learn to respect themselves, but also to respect others, their body, their space and their words. They will thus learn the rules essential to interact positively with the world around them. Physical Development: The children learn to develop their gross and fine motor skills. They will also learn to locate themselves in the physical space and to view themselves and their bodies positively. Discovering the World:The children will discover the world around them and learn to comprehend it and decipher it. They will begin to count, classify and create representations.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our goal is to assist children in developing all of their potential so they can blossom socially, linguistically and physically. This, in turn, will give them the best opportunities to succeed in subsequent schooling and, more broadly, in life.

The school focuses particularly on teaching and mastering the French language.

Our pedagogical approach is play-based. It is our belief that it is through play that children learn basic knowledge such as opposites, consequences, causality. Positive social behaviors such as sharing, respect, waiting one’s turn, and essential skills such as patience, concentration, and diligence are also learned through play. By harnessing the children’s love of play and desire to model and experiment, the teachers will guide and assist the children in their discovery of the world and the mastery of skills essential to their development.

A Typical Day

8:15-8:45 Drop-off
The children settle in and choose their favorite activity amongst those offered (play dough, drawing, puzzles, etc.)

8:45-9:00 Welcome
The children cleanup and it's circle time! Songs, discovery of the calendar, weather etc.

9:00-9:15 Discussions
Together, the group discusses the day and its activities.

9:15-10:00 Morning Activities
The focus is on fine motor skills, learning strategies to apprehend problems, cooperative play etc. At the end of the session, children and teacher will collaborate to assess their work: encouragement and congratulations are in order!

10:00-10:20 Snack Time

10:20-10:50 Recess, outdoor activities

10:50-11:10 Library or Music

11:10-11:30 Physical Actvity
The children do some gymnastics, dance, yoga, or team games.

11:30-12:15 Lunch

12:15-12:45 Recess

12:45-14:30 Nap or Quiet Time.

14:30-15:15 Arts
Painting, sculpting, modeling, collages, constructions etc.

15:15-15:45 Recess and Pickup

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school