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French Preschool Petit Peton

Santa Clara, CA 95051

(415) 867-8418


French Preschool, Ecole Maternelle teaching the official French Education Preschool and Kindergarten Program in a small class.Summer Camp. Piano Class.After-Program School for Kindergartens.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Petit Peton is a licensed French Pre-K and Kindergarten School based in a private home. At Petit Peton preschool, children are learning French without even trying.Our goal is to ensure our children are prepared for Kindergarten and ready to integrate the FAIS or Le Lycee La Perouse or Elementary Schools with Academic skills thanks to the Official French Curriculum.Mornings are dedicated to students aged 3-4 Years old.Afternoons are dedicated to Kindergarteners as French After-School Program. French Summer Camp is available for children between 4-6 years old.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Art Program for all the students : Painting, drawing, printmaking and collage. During class, we will  introduce to Art History to familiarize kids with artists, such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Gustave Klimt, Juan Miro and Renee Magritte.Each Art class starts with a French story time with books that tie into the art activity. The goal of the class is to have fun , express its own creativity and imaginary. Students will be introduced to contemporary artists and will organize a special Art Exhibition at the end of the School Year.

From the Director:

Our Mission The French PreSchool Petit Peton Ecole Maternelle Petit Peton provides a total immersion French education program adhering to the highly respected curriculum of France s national education system in a nurturing environment. Our French Education is a challenging and motivating educational environment for young children .Their full potential are developed and respected.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Petit Peton School approach provides for one teacher in every classroom. The low ratio of teachers to students (1:5) allows for small group learning and individual instruction, meeting the needs of each student.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Petit Peton Program introduces the children in 3 classes :

On Mornings : Petite Section for 3-4 years old.
Designed to introduce children to school gradually. It offers a loving and nurturing environment where students learn to build relationships with their peers and develop community-based routines. The curriculum offers formal and structured activities for further developing reading and writing skills: promotion of phonological and phonemic awareness and building of alphabetic skills including letter identification. Calligraphy and pre-writing are also introduced.

On Mornings : Moyenne Section for 4 - 5 years old.
Prepares for more formal and structured activities of Les Grands. The program emphasizes the acquisition of the fundamentals: letters & numbers, math, problem solving, creative thinking that provide numerous avenues leading toward the goal of literacy. The program increases letter, syllable and word recognition and solidifies alphabetic knowledge.

On Afternoons :Grande Section for 5-6 years old with CNED Materials.
The third year of the Maternelle heavily reinforces all aspects of learning and development and more especially language structure and time and space concepts. Music and drama are included in the curriculum as a way to support learning of the arts and individual creativity.

A Typical Day

Schedule of the mornings
09:15am 10:00am French morning circle time (calendar, music, and storytelling)

10:00am 11:00am Activity (group or individual – cooking, art, pre-math, pre-writing, or science)

11:00am 11:15am Snack Time and Free Play

11:15am 11:50am Art (clay, collage, painting)

11:50 am 12:15pm Lunch Time

12:15am 12:30pm Pick up "Au revoir !"

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Each child keeps a un Cahier de Vie,a book where parents can see what the child learns during class.Pictures of your child send to you every month and we show you his/her writing book. At the end of the 3rd year, your child will be able to write in cursive as in France.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our School provides a learning environment that promotes children's autonomy while allowing their natural interests to channel through new acquisitions.Our program follows the French National Curriculum and structures children's learning. Each domain is essential to the child's development and offers a core knowledge, which takes its roots in day-to-day experiences, hands-on exploration, and authentic interactions.