In the petite section, language learning is just beginning. This influences our choice of themes, which must remain relatively simple. The primary objective is to create a reassuring, routine and dynamic collective.
The applications of a theme are driven by the interests of the children (games, curiosity, the senses).
At the beginning of the year in September, the arrival at school of a goldfish in its bowl allows us to develop two working themes:
– round shapes
After two months, a book around these two themes is introduced to the children: “Petit bleu petit jaune” by Léo Lionni.
Examples of the theme in various fields:
– motor skills: the children make rings
– cooking: the children make round cookies
– manual expression and drawing: the children trace circles and try to find colors
In the intermediate section, where the children mostly already have experiences in groups and have started developing language skills, we are able to expand our themes in multiple directions. For example, one of the themes at the beginning of the year is the hedgehog. The theme comes out in multiple ways:
– drawing: the children trace lines that recall the hedgehog’s needles.
– reading: the children hear stories centered around a hedgehog protagonist.
– cooking: the children work with “hedgehog” recipes (hard-boiled egg and cucumber)
– singing: the children learn songs about hedgehogs, notably “the hedgehog song” from the musical “Emilie Jolie”.
– in workshops: the children make hedgehogs with chestnuts and leaves collected in the Luxembourg Garden. This allow us to introduce the theme of autumn, etc.
The themes are also influenced by speaking with the children and daily activities (seasons, siblings, birthdays…).
Through the passing of time, the children come upon numbers, counting, pre-reading, pre-writing, design, and life in a group.
The proposed themes are adapted for each age group and the children’s capabilities.