Pre-school pedagogy

Pre-school pedagogy

At Open Sky International, the pre-school curriculum is based on a mix of traditional methods and rigorous projects that help children learn key skills in order to put them into practice through collaboration, communication and self-criticism.

The Open Sky International curriculum, whether it is for learning English or French, is composed of work on language, literature and literacy. These three learning areas focus on developing awareness of children's receptive skills (listening, reading and observing) and productive skills (speaking, writing and creating).

In pre-school, Open Sky International offers 3 complementary curricula adapted to the age but especially to the level of your children. We suggest you discover the key points for each level.




Pre-school pedagogy per class

Open Sky International's learning curriculum has been created around different themes for the very youngest class: personal development, social and emotional development, physical development, communication and languages, literacy, mathematics and the arts.

Your child's personal, social and emotional development

We teach children to (re)know and understand the rules of life so that they begin to integrate from an early age into the world around them. In this way, children learn to recognize their own emotions and those of others. We help children develop their abilities to explore the world around them so that they can begin to adapt to it.

Your child's physical development

With this program, we allow children to gradually take control of their bodies and gestures to become aware of the space around them. We show children how to know their bodies and what they can do with them through basic exercises (jumping, running, walking backwards,...).

Communication and language acquisition

At Open Sky International, we teach children to understand signs, gestures and words to express a need.

The learning of reading takes place well before their 3 years because we think that the earlier the learning takes place, the more quickly the child will be at ease with what he assimilates at school and in his daily life. Thus, he learns to recognize sounds and shapes so that he becomes as familiar as possible with what he discovers.

Learning mathematics and science

Familiarisation with mathematics is done in several playful ways. The children explore geometric shapes, numbers, opposites, colours through puzzles, games adapted to the little ones so that they can sort, classify and match objects between them.

Through various projects integrated into the science curriculum, children discover the world around them.

Open Sky International also offers other learning areas such as art, music, painting, drawing,...

Open Sky International's pre-school program, whether in English or French, is composed of work on language acquisition, literature and sound recognition. These learning areas focus on developing awareness of children's receptive skills (listening, reading and observing) and productive skills (speaking, writing and creating). At the end of the school year, children are able to write and read simple reading books in English with basic mini-structures. They gain confidence and interest in reading.

The reading and writing program

We develop reading skills with which the child gradually becomes familiar through work on sound recognition related to each letter, letter formation and word formation.

Children's receptive and productive skills

For this part of the program, children use several techniques to work with short and familiar texts. They choose to apply their knowledge to the identification of sounds and word shapes. Children recall certain elements of the text and relate them to their own experience. They do learn best when they make connections between their experience and elements of the text that relate to aspects of their daily lives.

The productive part of the program is taught gradually and children learn to talk about the texts they have studied in class. They identify and describe what they liked and disliked about familiar texts, objects, characters and events.

The child's written skills

With our writing program, children know how to use the sound recognition that is linked to each letter to write simple and regular words. They can use a pencil to form recognizable letters and write not only their name but also other simple mini-phrases.

The objective of this curriculum is to work with the child on:

  • Sound recognition and spelling;
  • The letters formation;
  • The sentences construction;
  • Punctuation;
  • Written production;
  • The ability to imagine a writing.
  • Mathematics

Open Sky International's mathematics program consists in introducing children to the basics of mathematics through different fields. Children learn from 0 to 20, identify shapes (square, rectangle, triangle,...), compare numerical situations, assimilate spaces (inside / outside, left / right, front / back...), classify data and discover the notion of size and mass. Thus, they can discover the principle of addition through different playful methods.

Open Sky International also offers other learning areas such as science, sociology, arts (music, painting, drawing), games (imitation games, group games, constructive games, solitaire games), computers and sports.

Open Sky International's kindergarten program, whether in English or French, consists of work on language acquisition, literature and sound recognition. These three learning areas focus on developing awareness of children's productive skills (speaking, writing and creating) and receptive skills (listening, reading and observing).

Children's productive skills

Children learn to tell stories and describe their adventures from their experiences. They also learn to order the events of history by respecting the language used in history. We teach children how to interpret a text with readings aloud to encourage them to respect the variety of rhythms of the story. They thus extend their vocabulary to retain new words every day. We then form discussion groups to interact on the story. In turns, children express themselves and listen to the suggestions of their classmates. They are able to answer questions and also ask questions so that everyone completes the opinion of the other pupils. Children step back to indicate what they liked or disliked about the story and argue in front of the class.

Written skills are taught through various text production techniques such as summary techniques alternating with simple sentences and compound sentences to keep the information as accurate as possible. We familiarize them with writing and also with the use of upper and lower case letters in addition to punctuation.

Children's Responsive Skills

For the "Listen & Reply" part, children listen carefully to the teacher, audio tapes or videos and work on stories whose aim is to improve the child's lexicon while following instructions or help if necessary. The "Reading" part consists in having the different ways of pronouncing the graphemes and phonemes already taught recognized. This then gives meaning to the texts studied.

The purpose of this "Reading" section is to make children understand that a text can be interpreted in different ways depending on their own feelings and experiences. Thanks to this sound recognition work linked to each letter, children have a simpler approach to reading. They can therefore read more complicated texts because children have the ability to decode certain words using their acquired skills. This part of the program aims to improve reading in children. Students will be able to select their own books and explain the reasons for their choice. They will also be able to comment on adventures, characters, establish imaginary links and especially distinguish fiction and non-fiction texts so that they do not get lost between the real and the imaginary.

The Mathematics Program

Open Sky International's mathematics program introduces children to the areas of learning numbers, shapes, measurement and data processing.

The teaching of " Figures & Numbers " begins by solving problems with notions of addition, subtraction, doubling or halving in contexts of numbers, measures and others. Children also learn to sort information, shapes or objects in statements. They assimilate a methodology of clear answers by adapting to the requested question.

Children must be able to count to at least 20 naturally and independently. We teach them to read and write numbers from 0 to 20. In addition, we teach children the use of signs (+, -, =), multiples of 10 and 5 and even and odd numbers.

Understanding shapes: we guide children to visualize and name 2D and 3D shapes, describe their characteristics, use them to form patterns, photos, models. We train students so that they can understand how rotations (e.g. scissors around an axis point), distances and speed work.

We also teach children to estimate, measure, weigh and compare objects and time by selecting appropriate units.

The Science Program

Our science program aims to help children understand the world around them. This involves learning the importance of light, the changes in our environment with the seasons, the study of living beings (Fauna & Flora), the study of the human body and the 5 senses, the study of sounds and the study of materials. Our aim is for children to develop a sense of the physical reality of the world in which they find themselves and the different varieties of human activity.

Open Sky International also offers other learning areas such as arts (music, painting, drawing), games (imitation games, group games, constructive games, solitaire games), computers and sports.


For more information on the educational part of pre-school classes, please contact us by phone on 01 45 27 37 56 or by e-mail via We will explain the entire Open Sky International program for your child's development.


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