Les Petits Soleils French Preschool

We believe that all children should be treated as individuals with their own learning styles. It is important to provide all students with the opportunity to succeed, by allowing them to feel safe and take risks in their learning.

We strongly believe in the French Immersion Program, having been students in the program ourselves. Kathryn has witnessed the effectiveness of the program while teaching with Edmonton Public Schools. Studies by Canadian Parents for French have shown that it is easier and more natural for a child to learn another language at a very early age. Our intention is to speak in French with the children as much as possible and to encourage a love of and interest in the French language. The only exception to this rule is when we explain safety rules and when behaviour modification is needed. We are very conscious that, at first, children do not understand the language. However, in our experience, when children are provided with clear explanations using various communication strategies and provided with meaningful play activities during a consistent daily schedule, they are motivated to quickly acquire a basic understanding so that they can participate with the group.

We believe that the focus of preschool should be that the children are having fun and playing all day long. It is through such activities that they will acquire French speaking skills. Children will receive small group instructional time with the teacher for approximately 15 minutes each day. The remainder of the day will be based on learning through play.

About the Teachers
 Kathryn Babowal - Teacher / Owner

Madame Kathryn is a certified French Immersion elementary teacher with a Bachelor of Education, earned at the University of Alberta, through the Facult Saint-Jean. She taught for Edmonton Public School Board for 2 years, teaching in the French Immersion program. Kathryn also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, earned at the University of Alberta, with a major in Developmental Psychology and a minor in French. Kathryn is a certified dance instructor and has taught students of all ages. Kathryn established the preschool in January 2006 with Jill Burton (a past colleague), and they opened a second business venture together, Les Petits Soleils Before & After School Care Program, in September 2006. Kathryn has three daughters.

 Hayley Sylvester - Teacher

We were delighted to add Madame Hayley Sylvester to our teaching team last year and are just as excited to welcome her back again this year. Mme Hayley is a certified teacher with a Bachelor of Education, earned at the University of Alberta. She has worked as a teacher with Edmonton Public Schools for 15 years with students from K-9, also teaching French as a Second Language. As a graduate of the French Immersion program herself, she is happy to bring her French language and seasoned teaching experience to our tiny learners. Madame Hayley's three children are all graduates of Les Petits Soleils Preschool so she is a strong advocate of our programming and excited to contribute to the second language learning priorities we offer our students.