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French Maternal School

3115 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20007

(202) 333-2255


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We offer an environment where children are taught quality and humanity, high productivity and high sensitivity. We teach basic skills and allow for individual creative expression; we value individuality and community, self-expression and self-discipline, diversity and commonality, humor and seriousness, work and play.

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
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • kid size chick boards, magnet letters
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • blocks, magnets letters with board
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
  • upright piano, recorders
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 more

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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • we go to the parks in our Georgetown neighboorhood
Other subjects taught Classical Music

From the Director:

The school structures children's learning around five domains of activities: (1) developing oral language and an introduction to writing; (2) learning how to work together; (3) acting and expressing emotions and thoughts with one's body; (4) discovering the world; (5) imagining, feeling, and creating. The curriculum is organized around cycles that bridge children's learning from preschool to primary school, and it defines competencies that children are expected to meet by the end of each program. Teachers monitor students' progress toward meeting these pedagogical objectives.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

A School Where Children Are Educated And Nurtured In French. The French Maternal School educates young children to reach a high level of academic performance in a nurturing environment. Teaching is modeled on 'L'?cole maternelle', a highly successful French system of early childhood education that aims to secure a rich and motivating environment where each child develops his/her full potential.

A Typical Day

A typical Day at FMS (9 am to 5:00 pm) *REGULAR DIGITAL PICTURES OF THE CHILDREN ARE EMAILED TO THE PARENTS* 9:00 to 10:30: circle time (name call, date, weather, presentation of the weekly theme, songs, verbal expression from children) 10:30 snack/toiletting 10:30 - 11:00: manual activity/maths/logic/environmental sciences 11:00 to 11:45: recess in courtyard or outting to the park 11:45 to 12:30 lunch + toiletting/music listening 12:30 - 12:45 story reading/classical music listening and analyzing 1:00 to 3:00 nap 3:00 to 3:30 snack/toiletting 3:30 to 4:30 semi guided activity/manual project 4:30 to 5:00 recess

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

orientation day monthly open houses parent-teacher meetings written report parent volunteering Chritmas party picnics end of the year show


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are encouraged to attend the orientation day where separation issues are raised and agreed on between teacher and parents.