My girls are both born in the UK and even if my husband and I are both French and French is the spoken language at home, they don’t speak much French. They go to an English School and they don’t have many French friends. This could explain why they often respond to me in English. However, I feel it’s important that they understand their roots and that they should take advantage of the chance of being raised in a multicultural environment. I want them not only to learn French but also discover the French culture. That’s why, I was very happy when I came across the Club Petit Pierrot as they use a very unique “immersion method. They offer your children fun creative indoor and outdoor activities and projects, all in French, which transport your kids to France and make them learn the language without realising it.
The last week of July, my girls went to their Summer Holiday Camp. The theme for this week was Paris through the eyes of Artists. Inspired by famous artists and their style, the children will discover a part of Paris each day.
I went to see them on Thursday and that day, they were visiting the famous Garden: Le jardin du Luxembourg.
To start the class, everybody lined up to get the train to Paris. They were all ready to discover the Eiffel Tower. Pretending to be one by making the shape and singing the song written by Stella Bataille (Founder of Club Petit Pierrot). A perfect warm up exercise!
Arms up & pretend to be the Eiffel Tower!
They then splitted the group into 2. Eva, 4 years old, went with little ones and Chloe, 6 with the olders.
With Eva’s group, a little song made them learn about their body..
Les épaules = Shoulders..
Les bras en l’air = Arms up!
Then it was time to visit the garden with some little characters. Every child got a Finger Puppet and had to name it in French, obviously…
Eva had the snail = l’escargot in French.
Then all the children went next to the board, traveled alongside Paris with their puppets and stopped to the Garden.
Some French vocabulary cards were laid on the floor to learn about what can be found in the garden. All the cards had a specific colour for the children to group them.
They paired them on a bigger card where they could identify the right images, words and colours…
In the second group, they all looked at a photo of le Jardin du Luxembourg…before going outside in the garden.
Outside, they played a quiz game and when they were giving a correct answer, they could have a nice reward: a flower brought by the teacher.
They had the choice between White and Yellow.
Chloe took “une fleur blanche” = a white flower
and the boys took “une fleur jaune” = a yellow flower
Back inside, Eva was working with the others on her weekly project. The days before, she had already stuck the Parisian monuments she discovered. That day, it was time to stick: Le jardin du Luxembourg.
Then, it was time to create a Flower.
Here were the instructions, given by the teacher, in French.
Eva was focusing as she wanted her flower to look perfect. She loves offering me Flowers!
The second group was also going to create some flowers…
…but the instructions were slightly more complicated.
We could have been easily lost with all those bits and pieces…
I spent 2 hours with the Children and in that time, they did a lot. Now, I understand how full on is a full day at Club Petit Pierrot and why my little Eva was falling asleep in the car when I was driving back home. At the end of the week, I was really impressed by the result. My youngest Eva who barely didn’t speak French to me, started to use my native language and my older Chloe enjoyed even more French. They also regularly sing some of Stella’s song. That’s such a great way to remember the words. Her CD can be bought on Amazon to practice at home.
During the year, Club Petit Pierrot also offers fun French lessons for children from 8 months old across London, with clubs in Chelsea, Notting Hill, Putney, Earlsfield, St John’s Wood/Maida Vale & Hampstead as well as private tuition at your home (all levels) and in schools.
Highly recommended by BBC, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express and Time Out, if you are thinking of French for your little-one you should have a look on their website and enroll for September.