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Le Petit Village

2623 South Avon Crest Place
Seattle, WA 98108

Phone:
(206) 329-4336

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

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
  • French games that encourage language aquisition
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Black board demonstrations
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
  • In the summer, we study plant life outside. In the winter we read books on nature, weather, the universe etc.
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 more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Located near a park
Other subjects taught French Geography Maths Science Gardening Writing and Reading Music and Dance

From the Director:

From Paris to Abidjan, Montreal to St. Martin - French is spoken by various cultures in many countries. Our hands on learning environment allows us to celebrate these many cultures through arts and crafts, books, and music. Research shows that bilingualism in children is beneficial in clearer communication and problem solving skills. However, Le Petit Village's curriculum offers more than just the French language. We provide our students with the resources to build a strong foundation in reading, writing, math, science, and geography.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We work individually with parents and students as needed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that children represent the hope and potential of our future. It is our duty to teach them right from wrong so that they may grow up with love for all, a sense of humility, and a desire to strive and achieve in any setting.

At Le Petit Village we do believe it take an entire village to raise a single child. With that in mind we strive to do our part to contribute positive ideas of community, communication, and cooperation in everything we do.

A Typical Day

8:00 AM � 9:00 AM ARRIVAL/BREAKFAST

Clean up, potty time, diaper change, wash
hands,
Unstructured Playtime

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM STRUCTURED PLAYTIME

Arts & Crafts, Dramatic Play, Reading &
Writing, Math & Manipulative, Cooking &
Nutrition, Music & Movement, Geography,
History, Science etc
Wash hands, Morning Snack
Potty Time/Diaper Change Wash Hands

11:00 AM -12:30 PM CIRCLE TIME /
OUTDOOR PLAY

Potty Time, Diaper Change, Wash Hands

12:30 PM -1:10 PM LUNCH

Potty time, diaper change, wash hands

1:10 PM -1:30 PM STORY TIME/ READING

1:30 PM -3:30 PM NAP TIME

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM SNACK TIME - MUSIC & UNSTRUCTURED PLAY

Waking up from nap, potty time,
diaper change, wash hands,
Afternoon snack


4:30 PM - 5:00 PM SINGING, STRUCTURED & UNSTRUCTURED, INDOOR & OUTDOOR PLAY

Clean/Pick-up time. Putting on shoes
and coats. Dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teacher/Director prominently posts the schedule and foods that will be served each day. She talks daily with parents at drop off and pick up times, writes down specific notes for parents and leaves them in the child cubby hole, and communicates by email and/or phone as needed.
We have two parent-teacher meetings for the year. We also have open houses for parents to come and get to know more about the programs and activities we teach our students and to get to know the teachers as well.
We give suggestions about extra curricular activities that we think fit best or would help with the students development.
Le Petit Village celebrates its students' achievement by holding a graduation ceremony at the end of the school year.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom

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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation between a child and his parents can be really devastating for both, so we use plenty of attention and care to ease the situation. Comforting words, songs, cuddling can divert the situation and be of great help.

If parents want, they can introduce their child gradually to the school. They can stay with them for an hour or so in the beginning, and then leave them there for progressively longer periods of time, until the child has adjusted. The trial period is 4 weeks after which time care arrangements will be reassessed.