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HOW DO WE WORK ?

Our teaching is organized as follows:

We work daily with the children on their emotions, on the autonomy with free or supervised pedagogical workshops.

We welcome children from 2 to 6 years old in a complete bilingual environment. We follow the recommandations of the French Ministry of Education and of the  Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)  for the English system to allow the children to join both education systems once they leave our school.

on Mondays and Tuesdays classes are taught in French

on Thursdays and Fridays classes are taught  in English.

The children are in a full immersion. They learn both languages living them, experimenting the language daily, interacting with the adults that surround them. They can then develop their language and cognitive skills.

Each class has a number of maximum 16 children supervised by at least 2 teachers.

OUR PEDAGOGICAL VISION

The pedagogical team works by taking into account the rythme, the need and the sensitivity of each child. We work in group and in individual workshops allowed by our small classes.

The benefit of bilingualism doesn’t need to be proved anymore, it is a real treasure for the child. In immersion two days a week in both languages the child will live daily bilingualism in a natural way.

Learning to recognise them, name them, express them in the right way, manage them…  This learning takes time for young children. A good understanding of their emotions allows the children to express them, to manage them and to better live them.  We work on them using different pedagogical tools.

We stand by the children in their daily learnings through cooperative games who allow them to develop: capacities of communication, problem solving, the pleasure to play together, self confidence, sharing, patience, listening.   For Maria Montessori, « To experiment autonomy is not only a game, it is a work that the child has to accomplish to grow ». We leave the children do their own experiments, choose their activities, walk freely within the class.

Arts are very diversified, they are tools which help the children to blossom by practising arts such as music, photo, theatre, circus, dance, pottery. By creating the children are aware of the nature that surrounds them (land art, natural painting, …) while using recycled material.

To play alone is a good way to learn. The children will then discover what they like or don’t, they will explore details they might not  have seen previously, they can create by themselves. Their creativity will grow, and they will follow their discoveries.

Autonomy allows the children to make their own choices, to become responsible and to blossom in the world.

When children can play alone it shows their capacity of autonomy and creativity.

They are done by experimenting, manipulating and playing. The scientific workshops will educate children on themes such as the solar system, capillarity, air, water, They will marvel by doing these scientific experiments in groups . According to the Freinet method, children help each other and seek answers. This group work leads them to become more independent and to gain self-confidence.

Autonomy: playing alone is very educational for the child. He will be able to discover what he likes or not, he will explore the details that he would have missed in his environment, or even create new activities by himself. He will thus arouse his curiosity, let himself be carried away by these discoveries on the world around him. Indeed, a child capable of playing alone demonstrates his degree of autonomy and creativity.

  • art therapy
  • music

Sustainable Development

Discovering nature

Sustainable Developmment is a main pedagogical theme at Lily School Paris. We have just received the International Label for Sustainable Development.

We live in the city and we are surrounded by an environmental richness that we try to make children discover and appreciate through numerous actions.

The schoolchildren of Lily School Paris naturally speak of: compost, sorting and recycling of waste, water that is a treasure, eucalyptus forests in Australia habitat of koalas to preserve and lights that should not be forgotten to switch off when leaving a room. Eco-citizenship is beautiful and well at the heart of the learning of our little schoolchildren.

Our eco-citizen workshops, daily actions

recycle

sorting and recycling of waste

use of different trash cans and our vermicomposters

tree

shared garden

observation of plants, flowers, maintenance of our vermicomposters, insect hotels

faucet

work on the good use of water

lightbulb

light management

why turn it off every time you leave a room (in parallel working in science)

car

repair toys or book when they're degraded

in a repair shop, learn to repair to take better care of them

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recovery of used fabrics

to make recycled objects to offer as gifts. Where does the fabric come from?

bottle

use of plastic caps (only food bottles)

for our math workshops, sorting, as a painting support we then recycle them by bringing them to a collection point as part of the Bouchons d’Amour operation. The purpose of this association is to collect all plastic caps in order to to help finance materials or equipment for disabled people, the French Handisport Federation and the Handi-Chiens association

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collection and recycling of toys

give rather than throw away

Sponsorship of endangered species

The students of Lily School Paris are actors of biodiversity beyond our borders with the sponsorship of endangered species. These sponsorships allow children not only to discover these animals but also educational work on their lifestyle and place of life, their anatomy, the threats hanging over them and how they can concretely participate in their protection.

Grant the koala

In 2018/2020: koalas with the Australian Koala Foundation, we sponsored Grant the koala for more than a year in his eucalyptus forest

Gunung the orangutan

Since March 2020 we have been sponsoring Gunung a baby orangutan with Orangutan Outreach at the West Kalimantan Center under the supervision of the International Animal Rescue. Her story was a call to IAR from the local forestry office informing them that a man had found a very small orangutan baby in a tree. The center does not know what really happened but one thing is certain, it is unlikely that a 2 or 3 month old baby orangutan will be alone in the forest without his mother being far away… The center has named this baby Gunung which means in bahasa “mountain”. Gunung is fed, cared for until he can be released into his natural environment.

A roof for the bees

We sponsored Ronald’s hive near Fontainebleau with the association Un toit pour les abeilles. This year it’s Alain’s hive that we’re sponsoring.

 

Shared garden "La Félicité"

The shared garden “La Félicité” is at the bottom of our street. It is managed by the association “Les amis du jardin de la Félicité“. There are organized educational activities, artistic and cultural events, educational events on environmental protection.

We have our vermicomposters there and we go there regularly to observe the flowers, plants, the insect hotel and feed our earthworms. When we have harvested our worm tea (yes, yes, it is the liquid made from compost) we will distribute it during one of our events.

Our educational outings always have an eco-citizen theme

La Porte Dorée Aquarium

  • awareness of biodiversity and marine pollution
  • reading the story of Doly the turtle

Thoiry Zoo Parc

  • a green day, a breath of fresh air, a park where animals move freely
  • we discovered species which in this park are protected and unfortunately no longer live in their natural habitat destroyed by man

Quai du Branly Museum

  • rain workshop
  • discovery of new sounds and musical instruments
  • making of traditional dolls from Japan the toru Bozu
  • African and Asian tales about the rain

Urban Farm Suzanne Lenglen

  • Fun tour and presentation of farm animals
  • seed planting workshop

Works with local merchants

The Baker:

bread workshop: bread making, the children had to name all the ingredients, count them and knead the dough. The baker told us that he should have kneaded it for at least 20 minutes !! Too much for our little arms…
But our breads were good and the parents were able to taste their children’s masterpieces

Insect farms

  • Stick insects did not wake up and yes it does not always work! Maybe they were cold!
  • Ladybugs
  • The butterflies

One-off events

Brunch in our shared garden and distribution of worm tea

Through all these experiences, children observe and learn to understand the life cycle for farming, food processing (cooking workshop). Our educational actions are intended to sensitize children to ecological questions, to the short circuit of the food that we find on our plates.
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Intergenerational Relations

In partnership with the EHPAD Orpea/Castagnary (Retirement Home), Lily School Paris offers monthly meetings with the eldery. These intergenerational exchanges are very important as they allow the eldery to transmit their life experience to our pupils in order to maintain a link between the generations and then demonstrate the benefit of these workshops for both the eldery and the young children.

Workshops 2019/2020 school year

  • Workshop about Fall: the nature is changing, let’s drawn the colors of fall
  • Arts Workshop ; using wool through our imagination
  • Christmas workshop: Christmas carols
  • Happy New Year Workshop: celebrating French cake “la galette des rois”
  • Sustainable Development Workshop: creation of crafts with recycled material
  • Cooking workshop
  • Sport workshop: Olympic Games
  • Gardening workshop: summer plants
  • Goodbye Workshop: craft; let’s create a giant wall souvenir painting

Seniors from the La Quintinie-Procession residence will soon come to participate in reading and visual arts workshops at school.

Typical Day

Childcare, free games

8:45 a.m. / 9 a.m.

Educational workshops

9:00 a.m. / 11:15 a.m.

Recreation at Alleray / Saint Amand Park

11.15 a.m. / 11.45 a.m.

Lunch

12:00 p.m. / 12:40 p.m.

Nap for the youngest and calm time for the others

1:00 p.m. / 2:00 p.m.

Science or reading workshops

2:00 p.m. / 3:15 p.m.

Recreation at Alleray / Saint Amand Park

3:15 p.m. / 3:45 p.m.

End of the day

4:00 p.m.