8:30 - 8:45

Welcome

Children arrive at school and are welcomed by the teaching team; their parents are encouraged to stay for a moment and share some time with the rest of the school community. This smooth transition between home and school ensures a positive start of the day for the children. It is also a time when parents and teachers can communicate.

8h45-11h45

Core knowledge and skills

The pace and organization of the school day are inspired by Montessori pedagogy, which uses extended work sessions. Children are encouraged to choose between the different activities available, depending on their personalized learning path. Teaching is adapted to suit the child’s pace and individual way of learning. The materials that we use allow for self-correction, and we encourage collaborative and peer-to-peer learning experiences.

11:45 - 13:30

Lunch and recess at the park

At 11:45, the children go out for a short recess of 15 minutes on the “place d’Alexandrie”. Meals are taken in the school. Around 12:45, they go to the nearby park, the “square Emile Chautemps”.

The educators eat along with the children. Lunch is a prime moment for sharing and learning. Parents who so wish can occasionally join us (they should bring along their own lunch).

We are currently searching for healthy meal providers, which, if possible, use organic and locally-grown produce.

13:30 - 15:00

Workshops

The organization of the Lab School’s school day takes into account the child’s biological rhythm. Many research studies have shown that early afternoon is the least favorable time to be focused and acquire new knowledge and skills. A quiet space is available for children needing to rest. Various activities are available: artistic workshops, collaborative projects, yoga, scientific experiments, and meeting the Liberté Living Lab’s residents to discover different professions.

15:00 - 16:15

Individual or group projects related to core learning

Each child works with their appointed teacher and sets one or several objectives they will work towards, alone or with others. These objectives could be: learning how to cook, creating a robot, setting up a theater play, preparing a presentation, doing sports, music or dance, etc. Some projects may be directly linked with the previous period of the day. For instance, readings or discussions can occur in the early afternoon in order to prepare for the afternoon project. Each activity is carefully designed in order to develop or validate a set of competences. Knowledge acquired during core learning sessions is utilized.

Friday afternoons are free for elementary school children. Only students enrolled in 6e go have classes

16:15 - 16:30

Transition

The school day ends at 4.15 pm. Children who do not participate in the Lab School’s extracurricular activities are picked up.

After school

Extra-curricular activities

After school, children are invited to participate in extracurricular activities.