French Camps for Kids (5-12 years)
The French Academy offers Summer Camps in partial or full immersion for children between 5 and 12 years old.
Where: in Hampden (St Luke's Church, 800 W 36th Str, Baltimore, MD 21211) or at your own location.
When: 3 weeks in July, from Monday to Friday, 9am-3:30pm at our Hampden location.
Or during any school holidays at your own location (participants share an hourly price).
Price/ week: $300 per child.
Curriculum: We prepare a fun theme for every week with playful and educational activities that will make learning French a game or a thrilling experience. The camps are intended for all levels of proficiency:
o Group for English speakers (proficiency levels: beginners to elementary). Some English will have to be spoken with beginners to set up rules, help a child in trouble.
o Group for intermediate, advanced or French speakers in full immersion. English is not allowed! :)
1) In the group for English Speakers (from beginners to 2 years of French):
Whether your child is a beginner in French or has been doing some classes, he/she will have a great experience at our French camps for English speakers. The camps are in immersion (English has to be used sometimes though), but making sure the children improve according to their skills and abilities. Our tutors are native speakers and have experience with children.
Our goal is to recreate a natural language environment, in which the children will learn easily, fast and with a lot of fun!
What do we do?
In the morning, the children have intensive French lessons. We will talk for ex. about friends, family, animals, the weather, food, sport, school, daily habits or more content tailor-made to the level of the children. Our program is based on communication: the children don’t just learn vocabulary, but learn how to ask and answer questions, and formulate sentences.
In the afternoon, the group is mixed with the advanced speakers. In full immersion, we play games, sing, play skits; and do some crafts according to the interests of the children and the theme of the week. Playing and doing fun things together facilitate the language learning process. Some parents noticed that their children learn more in a week camp than during a whole classical semester. This is due to our small sized groups and our personalized instruction. Next to the language experience, your child will also make new friends, and learn to communicate in a creative way!
2) Group for advanced, bilingual or French speaking children
This group is for children who have already strong French knowledge or are bilingual/ French speakers.
Even though the camps are really fun and playful; many activities are educational as well. They reinforce the language skills of the children, such as their abilities to debate, present little projects, tell or read a story, or play a skit.
What do we do?
In the morning, the children have more pedagogical activities: discussions, reading and writing activities in relation with our weekly theme. Our native and experienced tutors make sure that every child will excel according to her/ his abilities. The afternoon is more recreational: we play games, sing, play skits and do some crafts according to the interests of the children.
Typical Camp Day
- Language/ Educational activities (reading, writing, oral expression)
- Art Project (drama, songs, art, crafts) or Games
- Games mostly outside unless the weather is really bad
- Story time
- Art Projects (drama, songs, art, crafts)
Weeks and themes in Hampden during July:
Registration - Tuition $300
To complete your registration, you must send a check payment to the French Academy (5749 Governors Pond Cir Alexandria VA 22310).