LeRoux Froebel Bilingual School offers year-round educational opportunities for children 18 months to 12 years of age. Our learning centre is located in The Beaches area of Toronto and is open from 7:30am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.
Who is Froebel?
Friedrich Froebel (1782 - 1852) coined the word "Kindergarten." He was a German philosopher and educator who refused to accept the idea that the first few years of a child’s life had to be fearful or boring. He chose the phrase "children's garden" precisely because he believed that children, like plants, would grow and unfold by their own inner laws, each according to their individual needs and potential, given the right conditions.
Friedrich opened the first Kindergarten in Germany in 1837. Froebel stressed that play is the work of children, but he also stressed the need for guidance from qualified adults to meet the educational needs of children. What has happened in the late twentieth century is that in many Canadian kindergartens, teachers apply only a portion of his philosophy; they encourage play, but only for the purpose of socialization. They ignore Froebel’s intention of utilizing play time as a means of not only affective (feelings) learning, but also of cognitive learning (intellect).
LeRoux Froebel Bilingual School is committed to providing a learning environment that supports and fosters children's freedom of expression, growing independence, and positive self-esteem. We believe that every child is of equal importance, and we work to create an atmosphere of acceptance, where children like and respect themselves and others. Play is a child's work, and our children are exposed to play-oriented activities in both English and French.