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Curriculum

The program at La Petite Ruche is experience-based, interdisciplinary and collaborative. Every activity is carefully designed by our qualified teachers to meet the following standards:

The seven areas of Learning and Development of the EYFS:

 

Understanding of the world Art
Literacy Cooking
Mathematics Movement
Science Music

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Understanding of the world

As a topic, understanding of the world connects various subjects and fields therefore it will serve as the core binding unit in our program.  We will focus on themes such as sharing, working cooperatively in groups, resolving conflicts and making sense of the world we live in.  At this stage children are not developmentally ready for abstract ideas and places further away in time and space.  Therefore we will focus on the children’s daily experiences and the concrete visible world around them.  Play provides the best medium for this so through pretend play, painting, blocks, water and sand, children at La Petite Ruche will explore and investigate their social and physical world.

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Literacy

Our literacy goals in La Petite Ruche are as follows: communication and expression about self, others and the physical world; appreciation of other points of view; acquisition of a sense of story; making the connection between the spoken and the written word; developing interest in and use of symbolic representation.

 

We provide a language rich environment both in French and English.  While understanding of the world is the binding unit in our integrated curriculum, literacy is the medium to how we organize, communicate and understand each activity.  Story-time, from pictures books or oral tradition, is a daily activity that embodies children’s interests and ongoing investigations. Throughout the academic year we will have opportunities to do an author study and talk about the differences and similarities in all the books.  Once a week, children will borrow books from the library of La Petite Ruche to read at home with their families.  During our library sessions, children will have the chance to share with one another about the books they took home.  We also invite parents to come for story-time to read stories for the children.

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Mathematics

Using concrete materials children at La Petite Ruche will explore various mathematical activities to build a solid foundation.  During the activities the children will explore ideas such as numerical relations, counting, ordering, one-to-one correspondence, measurement, patterns, geometric understandings about space, volume, and shape; estimation, sorting and classifying.

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Science

Children at La Petite Ruche have daily opportunities to discover the physical properties of the various materials they work with such as sand, soil, water, blocks, paint, collage, and clay.  Our science table allows children to investigate different natural and physical properties.  We will tap into our understanding of the world, art and cooking units to explore the subject of science further in a concrete way.

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Art

Painting, drawing, clay, collage, construction, block building are basic materials at La Petite Ruche.  Everyday we will plan a sequence of experiences to support and develop children’s expressions through Art. Children will first begin to explore the sensuous nature of materials.  Eventually they begin to make distinct shapes, patches of color, lines and with time integrate them into whole designs.

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Cooking

Food and eating is what brings families and communities together.  At La Petite Ruche we will cook each week easy and delicious recipes.  We will talk about the ingredients and the process of each dish we cook.  The recipes allow us to build on our understanding of the world units; the ingredients and measurements will give the children concrete ideas about math and science and introduce them to new vocabularies.  Our cooking unit also serves to connect the home to the school as we invite parents to come and cook with us or send us a special family recipe.

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Movement

Twice a day children at La Petite Ruche will go out in the garden for some fresh air and opportunities to explore and expand their physical capacities.  We will also have organized sessions of creative movement which focus on technique and creative expression - developing coordination, gross motor skills, rhythm, imagination and taking risks in positive ways.

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Music

Music is a universal language and key in teaching young children.  Everyday we will sing to bring the children together for meetings and group work.  We will also end our day with farewell songs.  Several different genres of music will be explored each term including songs in different languages.  The children will learn about many instruments and we will invite guests to play instruments for the children, allowing them to ask specific questions.

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