Les Boutons d'Or

Inspiring the joy of learning

Frequently asked questions

Why should I choose a Steiner school instead of a traditional school?

A Waldorf education respects and considers the whole person.  Recognition of the full range of the children’s skills (manual, artistic, intellectual, relational), allows them to grow and mature intellectually. The children are given the opportunity to experience and feel before understanding, and this leads to a more balanced education.

 

Is religion taught at the school Les Boutons d’Or?

A Waldorf education gives pupils a knowledge and an understanding of cultures and therefore also of the religions of the world.  Due to its understanding of the spiritual dimension of a human being, the Steiner education values the non-religious spirituality of children and the world.

 

How do the classes in Steiner schools correspond to the classes in the traditional French system ?

3-4 years: Jardin d’Enfants (Steiner-Waldorf system), Petite section (traditional system) 

4-5 years: Jardin d’Enfants (Steiner-Waldorf system), Moyenne section (traditional system) 

5-6 years: Jardin d’Enfants (Steiner-Waldorf system), Grande section (traditional system) 

6-7 years: 1st class (Steiner-Waldorf system), CP (traditional system) 

7-8 years: 2nd class (Steiner-Waldorf system), CE1(traditional system) 

8-9 years: 3rd class (Steiner-Waldorf system), CE2 (traditional system) 

9-10 years: 4th class (Steiner-Waldorf system), CM1 (traditional system)  

10-11 years: 5th class (Steiner-Waldorf system), CM2 (traditional system)

 

What do the children do in the Early Childhood Section (Jardin d’Enfants)?

A child’s life, particularly when they are very young, is completely influenced by the quality of their environment.  Children take particular notice of colours, sounds, materials, language and the rhythm of the day, and they learn by imitation.  Through play and sensory activities (painting, drawing with wax crayons, cooking, gardening, handicrafts, stories, nursery rhymes etc.) children are able to develop their imagination and creativity.  The activities in the Jardin d’Enfants are preparing the child for their intellectual studies.

 

Why are children aged 3 to 6 all together in the Early Childhood Section?

Sharing a classroom, as well as most of the activities with children of different ages is good for both the younger and the older children as it allows them to develop extensive, diverse and rich social skills.  The younger children learn a lot by copying the bigger children and the bigger children benefit from this validation and respect. 

 

Why don’t pupils start learning to read and write until they are 6 or 7 years old ?

A Steiner-Waldorf education respects the different rhythms of the development of a child.  From the age of 6/7 children are ready to start their intellectual education, drawing on the physical, emotional and social maturity that they have developed in the Jardin d’Enfants. 

 

Why aren’t there any screens in the school?

Screens are omnipresent in our daily lives.  However, as Steve Jobs said, ‘to be able to use a computer and be creative with it, you need to have a huge amount of creativity and imagination!’. Steiner-Waldorf schools strive for their children to build up their individuality by drawing on the realities of their surroundings rather than the passivity of the screen.   

 

I’ve heard that the children can play all day long if they want to.

No! In the elementary section, the day is very structured with lessons, although of course the children are also given recreation breaks.  The timetable of the day respects the rhythm of the children and the core subjects are taught in the mornings, with the artistic and physical lessons in the afternoon.  The pupils must attend all lessons and absences need to be justified by a doctor’s note.  The teacher takes care of the children from the moment they arrive at school in the morning.

In the early childhood section, creative and imaginative play develop the children’s social skills and form the basis for learning.  The day is structured and the children alternate between concentrating and playing.  This format, with constant supervision, respects the rhythms of young children.   

 

What is eurhythmy ?

Eurhythmy is the art of space and of movement associated with words and speech (stories and poems) and it has an integral role in the timetable of all Steiner-Waldorf schools.  Simple exercises develop harmony in the children.  Eurhythmy improves coordination and spatial awareness.  An excellent social art, eurhythmy helps with class cohesion and helps further with intellectual learning. 

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