Can my child enter kindergarten before he/she is three years old ?
Yes, it is possible: this is determined during the interview with the Headmistress.
Depending on the development of the child and provided that daytime cleanliness is acquired, pupils integrate into preschool as early as two and a half years old.
What is the reading method used ?
Since its creation, Eurécole has used the syllabic method, which has proved its effectiveness with many generations of students. In English, children also learn to read using the phonetic method.
Why is it important to learn languages from such a young age ?
When children are young, their brains still have a “plasticity” that allows them to integrate new knowledge much more easily. By learning more than one language, they assimilate information much more quickly. Moreover, their neuronal system is still in full maturation, allows them to use different language areas very easily, making learning foreign languages easier and more sustainable.
What are your objectives in relation to the National Education program ?ationale ?
The teaching of fundamental subjects is of course ensured. However we also develop early learning from kindergarten, this leads to a higher level of education.
We ensure that the knowledge is perfectly assimilated, benefiting from a strong framework and classes with limited staff.
Our active pedagogy is based both on the advances of the major modern pedagogical trends and on the techniques and know-how.
Mental calculation, dictations and grammar are part of our everyday life … But also the solicitation of the child, the heart of learning, the structural exercises and experimentation as well.
How do you develop early learning?
The motivation of students is fundamental. The path to school must be that from a place of discovery. It is up to us to implement the necessary means to guide them in this adventure.
It will sometimes be a question of approaching notions at a tender age, giving the child a greater ease in understanding their daily universe. These learnings will always be related to their needs. One can thus discover Latin and Roman civilization in Middle Course as well as algebra and abstract reasoning, at the same age.
At 4 years of age, we know how to recognize letters other those that are capitalized; Moreover, when you read a book to your child, is it written in capital letters?
Children are eager to learn as soon as we give them the keys to the doors that open them to the world around them.
This can be through co-ordinating lessons and the development of cross-curricular competencies; An example: to teach at the same time the accusative in German and the complement of the direct object in French at the same time. Thus, the notions studied in parallel reinforce the acquired knowledge of the pupil because the mechanisms of thought used are identical.
What are the specificities of EURÉCOLE ?
There are numerous ones … In summary:
- It is a school that has the ambition to give children the chance to be real Europeans.
- The pupils practice three languages daily starting in preschool : French / English / German or Spanish
To understand the outside world outside of our borders, to share knowledge and cultures, to live together, to develop a system of value, and to integrate perfectly the words “openness, tolerance, enrichment”.
- Breaking down barriers of language and mentality.
- Quality teaching, delivered by a high-level faculty :
- Languages taught by natives of the countries concerned, teachers of sport, art and history of art, Latin, computer science etc.
- A balance Sport / Art / Study in order to give all their chances to the students for a harmonious and complete development.
- Classes with limited numbers, language level groups further decreasing the number of students per course.
- Differentiated pedagogy and individualized follow-ups to meet the specific needs of the students.
Is admission to Eurecole based on academic merit ?
Eurecole accepts children without discrimination on grounds of sex, race, religion or nationality. Admissions to primary school are based on a transparent and open policy and each candidate is assessed after a meeting with management or a member of the teaching team. The purpose of this interview is to determine how the child will benefit from the school curriculum and at what level it will be best integrated. Admission to Eurecole is not exclusively based on academic merit.
How can we judge the progress of our child ?
Every week the children bring home their notebooks. The parents can see the work of their child but also read the annotations of the different teachers. They may put a note into the notebook or make an appointment with the teacher if they wish to have a more in-depth interview.
Finally, booklets and newsletters are prepared and distributed four times a year. They focus on a skills-based approach alongside a more detailed analysis of achievement. They also assess the progress and behavior of the child.
Where can my children go after Eurécole ?
The way our program is structured allows students to be immersed in a truly bicultural, bilingual and international education environment, which offers them a variety of choices.
We work closely with you at the end of 5th grade to try to find an appropriate middle school that will meet your child’s needs. Of course, the Eurécole College will allow them to continue to benefit from the same program and the same follow-up that they knew at Eurécole Primaire.
As for continuing your studies abroad, your child can also continue the same curriculum since the foreign languages taught at Eurecole follow the official curriculum of each country.
We are firmly convinced that after following the Primary course you will choose to continue within Eurécole.
What happens if my child does not speak French when I arrive ?
Each year, one or two children per class arrive at Eurecole without knowing the French language. They receive a daily lesson in order to quickly dominate the language.
In general, after one to two months, they understand perfectly. They then continue to benefit from these private lessons until the written acquisitions (grammar, spelling …) no longer pose problems for them. This varies between three and six months depending on the children.
Are you learning American or British English ?
We teach both, our teachers always give the expressions and words used on both sides of the Atlantic.
Is it necessary to speak several languages before arriving at Eurecole ?
No. Languages are taught according to level groups. Beginners are welcome and can change group levels very quickly.
Are children taking specific language examinations ?
In addition to the tests that take place twice a year, children can take specific and recognized examinations: the British Council, the Cervantes Institute and the Goethe Institute.
Are the teachers all native speakers ?
Yes, this allows them to transmit more than one language, but also a culture and a different perspective on the world.
Are language courses focused on writing or speaking ?
The professors attach great importance on both, knowing that a language is above all made for communication.
How many classes are there in kindergarten and elementary school?
Between twelve and fourteen classes with most often two classes per level.
What are tuition fees ?
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How do children eat breakfast ?
- External from 12h to 13h30
- Half board “canteen” (menus are displayed weekly)
- Half board “lunch box” (the student brings his lunch box).
Do students wear a uniform ?
No, not in class, but there is a mandatory sport outfit.
What are cultural outings ?
- Visits to museums, scientific exhibitions (Cité des Sciences, Palais de la Découverte), artistic (Louvre) or thematic (Musée des Arts Premiers)
Cinematheque, theater, music (Cité de la Musique)
- Creative workshops
- Intervention of specialists in the school
- Etc …
Paris and its surroundings offer many possibilities!
Do students have moments of play ?
Yes, three times a day, children go out for recreation:
- In the middle of the morning
- At noon
- In the middle of the afternoon.
At what time can I drop my child off and then pick my child up ?
Classes are held from 9:00 to 12:00 in the morning and from 13:30 to 16:30 in the afternoon.
Eurecole can however welcome children from 8.30am until 6pm in the evening.
What will my child do between 4:30 pm and 6 pm ?
If you wish, they can enroll in an extracurricular artistic activity (music …), sports (judo …) or linguistic activity (Chinese)
In addition, free access to a study is organized after the snack.
In kindergarten, the children play and draw
In primary school, a qualified teacher helps them to do their homework.
How is the relationship between parents and school established ?
Very easily through the Correspondence Booklet. This booklet contains all communications and information from the school to the parents. It is also the means for the parents to ask for an appointment with the professors or to convey a particular message.
For an appointment, record your availability (dates and times) so that the teacher concerned will answer you as soon as possible.
How do we know who to turn to based on the questions we ask ourselves ?
At the beginning of the year, an organizational chart of the teaching and administrative teams will be given to you to know who to contact according to your request.