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LA PETITE ECOLE, WELLBEING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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Despite its recent opening, in 2017, La Petite Ecole Bangkok already enjoys a good reputation. Recognized in March 2019 as one of the 10 best preschools in Thailand by The Knowledge Review – a magazine focused on education, it has just joined the prestigious AEFE network following its homologation by the French Ministry of Education. La Petite Ecole welcomes children from 3 to 6 years old in the district of Sathorn Yenakart and provides the program of the French education Ministry in French and English.

Resolutely focused on the well-being of the child, the pedagogy of La Petite Ecole is based on five pillars – age mixing, autonomy, environment, goodwill and sustainable development. These 5 pillars aim to promote confidence and self-esteem, primordial qualities and prerequisites for any acquisition of academic knowledge.

Indeed, with age mixing children evolve in a more natural setting than when they are confronted only with their peers of the same age. According to the principles of researcher Céline Alvarez, the youngest will learn from contact with the older, while the oldest ones reinforce their knowledge through transmission. All will also develop their empathy that we know today has a direct impact on the development of the global, intellectual as well as emotional brain.

Autonomy does not mean working without a frame. On the contrary, giving children the opportunity to work at their own pace on activities they have chosen requires a lot of preparation, presentation and follow-ups. Once settled alone or in small groups facing an activity, the child experiences, mistakes, corrects himself and through this process learns effectively.

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No need to revisit the benefits of goodwill and the management of emotions, the importance of the implementation of these practices at all levels of the school – teachers, students and staff– are no longer debated today.

If there’s something La Petite Ecole is particularly proud of, that must be its commitment to sustainable development and Environmental protection. Perceived as “the third teacher”, the direct environment in which the child evolves at La Petite Ecole must be rich in curiosities and experiences, since it’s the environment that stimulates autonomy and learning. Thus, the interior spaces (600 sqm – language rooms, mathematics, science, art, Thai, emotional corner) and outdoor (1,500 sqm garden – carpentry, motor skills, water games, “mud kitchen”) are very large, arranged by theme and carefully decorated. Thanks to its huge garden, this kindergarten allows students to interact with nature, a choice motivated by the search for physical and mental wellbeing of the child. It has been proven that schools with a strong attachment to nature tend to improve the child’s attention, reduce stress and build confidence.

Sustainable development is present at every stage. Even in the management of the school, care is taken to limit the use of resources: filtered water, household products manufactured at home or purchased in bulk stores, selective sorting, storage room materials recycled then used in plastic arts, special attention to air conditioners, etc.

 

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Flagship theme for the activities offered to children, the sustainable development is also at the heart of the personal project to be carried out throughout the year. Each year, a common theme is chosen for the project that the child will then decline personally: “frogs and tadpoles” were the stars in 2018, this year the theme “plants and trees” has stirred their curiosity.

The school also devoted a day to sustainable development with events related to sorting, games using recycled materials, scientific experience… A real success that led the teaching team to reiterate this choice over a longer period, offering during the summer camp immersing children in cooking, carpentry, science, art and sport, the theme “Save the Planet”.

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For more information about the school, or to plan a visit, please contact La Petite Ecole at [email protected] or on 02 051 4224.

First published in the Magazine Latitudes, on September 2019