Mimi's Class Information
Our main aim is for the children to develop a love of French and to learn French effortlessly in a fun, caring and non-competitive environment.
Babies 6 months - 4 years old
Babies are the best language learners of us all! Between the ages the 6 - 10 months, they are at the optimum age for taking in the new sounds and intonations of a new language. Research has shown the younger we expose babies to a new language, the easier and more naturally they will pick up this second language. At Mimi's babies enjoy a fun, sociable and lively class whilst being exposed to French at the same time. We give the babies a wonderful session of songs, music, sensory activities, exploration and play. For parents or carers, we give you ideas for songs, lullabies and rhymes that you can do at home, as well as ideas for simple activities. All of this, is of course done through French. This short video gives a great insight into the language learning genius of babies: https://www.ted.com/talks/patricia_kuhl_the_linguistic_genius_of_babies?language=en.
Our toddlers and preschoolers in this class will love the hands-on activities and lively songs. Using props such as shakers, balls, parachutes, teddies and bubbles to name a few, the children will love learning French in this sociable environment.
One child costs 65 euro per term. The second child costs 35 euro per term. A sibling under 6 months comes for free.
3-5 year olds
Our 3-5 year olds class is quite magical. Every term we explore a different fairy tale or story – in French of course. There is no better way to engage a child in French than through having them do drama and activities based on trolls, witches, fairies, big bad wolves or princesses. During story time, the children get used to joining in the storytelling, shouting out the words in French. We also learn active songs, routines with our puppet Mimi and do a different seasonal activity every week. It is a really hands-on class and the children absolutely love the “Valise Surprise”. The small classes ensure that everyone is actively learning and engaging in the session.
5 to 8 year olds
Our classes for 5-8 year olds are high energy fun, packed with learning. The children learn class routines aimed at teaching everyday vocabulary, we have several new songs, rhymes, raps and chants every term to help them learn a new topic. Every term, the children will learn how to conjugate a useful verb and through games will learn how to use this verb in a sentence. We reinforce phonics every term to help their pronunciation, reading and spelling. Every week the children will take part in an activity that has a language or cultural focus. Our method ensures that all children, with differing levels of French (beginners to improvers), will benefit from the sessions. While the classes have specific linguistic objectives, they are fun, interactive and engaging. The children will love learning French - and that is our main goal!