Welcome! 
Mésanges Bilingual Montessori School
 

 Mésanges Bilingual Montessori School is accepting registrations for children ages 3  to 12 years old.  

 

· An education that prepares for life.

· A prepared environment and learning materials specially adapted to children.

· English/French immersion.
· Non-Violent Communication, yoga, mindfulness meditation, philosophy workshop.
 
· Multicultural: more than 10 nationalities represented in the school.
 
· Private school recognized by the French Ministy of Education under registration # 0741704A.

 Why choose Mésanges?

 

Of course, by choosing our establishment, you are choosing the Montessori pedagogy to accompany and support your child in his development and academic learning.

However, the philosophy at Mésanges is much larger than one pedagogy.  We are convinced, and the recent studies in neurosciences on the development of the brain proves it (ref Catherine Guegen), that additional factors other than the choice of pedagogy, favors overall learning.

For this reason, we have integrated the following aspects into the general framework of our school:

Non-Violent Communication (NVC®):

This approach allows us to accompany the children and help them develop, respect for themselves and for others.  This process goes through the awareness of each person’s needs and tuning into everyone’s emotions.   Adult authority is no longer based on a game of power but rather on mutual respect and goodwill.   In this way, we can allow for each child to blossom, develop self esteem and his sense of cooperation.  The children have the opportunity develop  the tools for conflict resolution by taking into consideration the needs of each person as well as his own, to increase his capacity for taking initiative and creativity and finally, become more autonomous and responsible.

The personnel at Mésanges is formed in this method and we continue to deepen this approach with regular continued education s with a member from the NVC association in Switzerland.

Yoga, relaxation and meditation:

In partnership with Benjamin Brayer from Aum Yoga from Thonon, we have him  come to work with the 3-6 and 6-12 classes on movement, connection to our breath and mindfulness.  Our director, Chantal Detournay, is also a trained yoga teacher and provides a daily tools for the children in the 6-12 classroom. It is a completely neutral, non-dogmatic and non religious practice to help the children increase their concentration, find their internal resources to be more in tuned with their needs, be able to take a step back from situations and be in the present moment.

Philosophy workshops:

One of the main objectives of philosophy is to learn to ask oneself questions, to have wonderment, to think and to argue. Children naturally ask a multitude of questions. They are curious by nature and love to explore layers by understanding the why and what of things. We have decided to provide them with an opportunity to be able to do just that, a workshop that allows them to discuss, expose their ideas, to challenge them and to confront them to think about questions that have always interested human beings.  Our objective is not to give them knowledge, but to accompany them in the development of critical thinking, of personal thought processes and to develop reasoning capacity, to listen to others and to dialog.

These workshops are being held in the elementary classroom and will expand to the 3-6 classrooms at a later time.  Our elementary teacher, Nashwa Mostaguir is trained from the Fondation SEVE and we also have external trained moderators come.

Art workshops

We have established a partnership with Eva Hermes from l’Espace Enchanté in Yvoire.  Eva brings a magical and delicate touch to the daily lives of the children.  Well above the techniques, styles and processes, Eva’s enthusiasm and framework offer the children a space of free expression in which know-how and magic blends.

So, the reasons why to choose Mésanges as the school for your child, goes beyond Montessori and bilingual education, other important factors are present to help your child blossom, develop and learn.