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Au P'tit Monde

1227 39th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122

(415) 374-1876


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We have a structured curriculum in place to ensure our children are prepared for Kindergarten.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

We do provide time for completely unstructured free play. The children can choose their own activities. This includes dress-up, manipulatives, trains, tricycles, riding cars, balls, and a wide variety of toys.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

AU P’TIT MONDE provides a stimulating and fun French immersion education where children are able to understand and experience many different cultures. .
The children at APM come from many different cultures and backgrounds. Through stories, songs and games children learn to understand and express themselves in French. More than half of our children come from families where little or no French is spoken.

A Typical Day

Children’s activities change every thirty minutes. This variety keeps the children active and motivated throughout the whole day. A typical daily schedule would include art, dance, math, flashcards, lesson sheets and music.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We give lots of encouragement to the parents & we call the parents once the child has calmed down. We offer to hold the child for comfort. We talk to the child and reassure him/her that mommy/daddy will be back.