French Classes for Small Children
- Les Poussins (2.5 to 6 years)
A playful class with activities similar to what children would do in a French maternelle. They learn words and sentences, using them in songs, dance, games, and stories. Crafts, drawings and pre-school writing activities will develop their fine motor abilities.
For older children, we introduce some writing activities to get started with the French alphabet, and sound/letter recognition in simple words.
-The class is in full immersion and therefore suited for French or English speaking children. At a young age, children are very intuitive and beginners will learn fast. French speaking children will talk and interact more, while English speakers will need more time to pronounce the words, but they will understand very quickly.
Babies and toddlers will build new vocabulary through puppets, images, songs and situations, similar to the way they are building these skills with the language spoken at home.
- Typical program:
Greetings, songs and dance
Numbers and letters routine
Meeting our friends (Monsieur nez rouge, Grabouilla la sorcière, les souris, ...)
Interacting on our topic (talk, sing and dance)
Word recognition activity for older children
Story time and little craft; writing project for older children
- The plus:
+ We recreate an authentic language environment (no flash cards methodology!)
+ Teachers are native speakers (no accent!) and experienced with teaching young children (preschool and K)
+ Child focused approach
First things we learn:
- Who's who
- Numbers up to 20 (or more!)
- Animal names
- Colors and forms
- Anatomy, clothing ...
- Daily life activities
- Seasonal themes
- A lot of songs!
Note: It's good to repeat some topics sometimes as long as the activities are different and develop different capacities in the children (cognitive, motorik etc..). Children need repetition to learn :)