The APM curriculum is organized around the Primary Skills (les Apprentissages Premiers). Each skill is essential to the child’s development and offers a core knowledge, which takes its roots in day-to-day experience, hands-on exploration, and authentic interaction.
To further enrich our student’s learning and prepare them for our globalizing world, we do all this in a French immersion environment. Young children don’t “learn” a language by being taught language lessons. They acquire language by being surrounded by it. In the process, they also absorb the culture that is the foundation of the language.
Socialization and Interpersonal Skills
Children learn to work in a group setting and develop social skills, including respect, patience, and independence. Emphasis will be placed on family structures and traditions. Throughout the year, children will be encouraged to respect themselves and their community.
Children learn to express themselves in groups, verbalize their feelings, ask questions, and use progressively more complex sentences. They will also learn about books, build their vocabulary, learn about various alphabets, and take their first steps toward writing. While teaching is conducted exclusively in French to fully immerse the children in the language, they are also introduced to other languages and cultures in order to enhance their inter-cultural awareness.
Mathematics & Sciences
Children learn numbers, counting, matching, classification, measurement, and geometry through age-appropriate materials and activities.
Children enjoy daily physical activities—free play or with specific instruction—that improve balance and spatial awareness. Music and dance activities help children develop physical awareness and expression. First steps to handwriting are taught through drawing, painting, and art projects.
Children have fun in the preschool play kitchen learning about diverse foods from our garden. Delighting all five senses, children deconstruct recipes while developing their fine motor skills and cultivating their palate.