A small step towards great accomplishments
What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
At the Exupéry pre-school section, you will find everything your child needs: playrooms, classrooms and ‘nap’ rooms, Montessori classrooms and a library, special classrooms for learning English, Latvian and Russian, fine arts and crafts rooms, a gym and ballet studio, an open air playground and even a stage.
For children aged six and over, a special place has been created in the kitchen for culinary activities, where they can learn to cook meals and lay the table.
The Exupéry pre-school section is based on the École Maternelle system – one of the best systems in the world for pre-school children, which was developed and is widely used in France. The unique EARLY AWAKENING method enables children to prepare for school more effectively, teaching at an early age skills that are useful in the rapidly changing present-day world with a focus on the development of abstract thinking, imagination and artistic taste. Thus, at the early age of 12 months toddlers start learning the French language and culture, as well as the basics of phonetics, grammar and pronunciation.
Why so early?
Starting kindergarten is a major event for both parents and children. These groups are the smallest with no more than eight children in each group. Classes last for one hour and are attended by parents so that children get used to their new environment. The child observes and becomes accustomed not only to the place, but also to other children and the teachers.
Why should your child learn French at such an early age, way before he or she has started speaking his native language? The answer is, because at this age, children are unusually adept at recognising and repeating sounds. The earlier they start to learn a foreign language, the earlier they will start speaking it just as they speak their native language; in other words, with no accent at all.
“Toute petite section” (TPS)
There are no more than 16 2-3 year-old children in these groups, subdivided into two groups of 8. Each subgroup has its teacher, assistant and a nurse, which ensures that every child feels safe all day long not only while studying French, but also when making the first dance steps and the first summersault.
“Petite Section” (PS)
At 3-4 years of age, children are open to everything new and interesting! They want to learn and discover!
With the help of the stories by Charles Perrault – time-tested children’s favourites – they learn to count, distinguish colours and take the first steps in learning the alphabet. At the same time, as they discover paintings by the Impressionists, the children enter the world of art, which will later help them to not only use various painting techniques, but also to express their feelings, emotions and ideas.
Children also discover the works of famous French writers in an equally simple and playful a manner. With the help of role-play, games, songs, poems and beautiful costumes, your child will come to learn the fables of Jean de La Fontaine. The heroes of Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonic story Peter and the Wolf prompt children’s emotions and musical instruments to resound to classical rhythms. Music not only helps to relieve tension, but also activates all forms of perception: hearing, vision and emotions. Moreover, memory develops at the same time as perception.
In this group, many discoveries await your child, because at this age everything is directed towards one goal – to grow up and learn!
“Moyenne Section” (MS)
During activities for children in the intermediate age group, kids are introduced to the story of Gargantua – a most unusual child giant. With the help of this literary work by François Rabelais and situational play, children discover the difference between such concepts as “large” and “small”, as well as learning to count and do measurements. Your child’s imagination transport them to 17th century Paris as depicted by Alexandre Dumas in his famous work The Three Musketeers. There, children will discover the architecture and monuments of this great city and find out about the Louvre and Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris.
“Grande Section” (GS)
Thanks to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s work The Little Prince, children in the oldest group make their first discoveries in the realm of the cosmos and solar system. Jules Verne’s world famous novel Around the World in 80 Days will take your child on an exciting journey around the globe. Children will also learn how puddings and spaghetti are made, along with French onion soup and bouillabaisse, ice cream and crème brûlée. Under the guidance of our chef Lauris Aleksejevs, they can enjoy cooking and tasting meals from various countries.
With the oldest group of children, special attention is paid to the development of their artistic taste. Children will come to recognise important paintings like The Yellow House by Van Gogh and Cathedrale de Rouen by Monet just as well as they come to know portraits of the outstanding composers Debussy and Strauss.
An individual approach to teaching
The best education practices in the world
A safe, stimulating and multi-cultural environment
Teachers teach subjects in their native language
The latest technology, infrastructure and equipment
Children are provided with complex teaching
In an open, friendly and supportive environment, children learn to trust, find their vocation and become interested and responsible members of the international community