à petits pas Classes (ages 1–4)

Format: In Person
Level: French as a Second Language, French for Native Speakers
11 weeks: Sep 21–Dec 12

Age 1
Weekdays, 45 mins once a week, $379

Ages 2–4
Weekdays, 90 mins once a week, $499
Special groups offered for native French speakers

Toddlers learn, laugh, and play en français better in person!

Small classes with strict safety guidelines will resume in person at FIAF this fall to meet the needs of parents and children. Offered in the bright and spacious classrooms in FIAF’s beautiful Upper East Side building, the à petits pas program promotes a gentle French immersion experience in small groups to ensure social distancing and individual attention for each child.

Our year-round à petits pas program encourages your petit to discover the language through a structured curriculum based on a child’s daily life, enriched with games, songs, dance, and arts-and-crafts. Classes are offered for toddlers who are new to French as well as those growing up in a French-speaking family. Our qualified and experienced teachers will make each class engaging and fun for your child.

  • About à petits pas

    Specifically designed for children ages 1–4 by experts in early childhood education, our curriculum emphasizes the importance of experiential and multi-sensory learning techniques to help children develop cognitively, socially, and emotionally. In this program, the teacher uses music, movement, visual arts, and theater-based games to teach toddlers French. Toddlers will be able to engage with the five senses, memorize vocabulary, understand and pronounce short sentences. Additionally, this program is very helpful if you are looking for a French or bilingual preschool.

    In à petits pas classes, toddlers will socialize through the following interactive games and routines:

    • Speaking: Conversation skills are emphasized through routine questions and weekly vocabulary.
    • Singing: Toddlers will absorb the musicality of the language through songs and comptines.
    • Moving: Toddlers will follow choreographed movements to associate words with movements. They will also relax and focus on words and ideas through yoga exercises.
    • Reading: The teacher will read stories and poetry connected to the vocabulary.
    • Creating: Toddlers will create visual artwork to review colors and shapes.

    Parents receive vocabulary lists, selection of phrases, as well as Spotify song playlists for continued learning and fun at home. Emails are sent to parents on a regular basis to keep them abreast of the program including special events.

  • à petits pas (age 1)

    Introduce your 12 to 24-month-old toddler to the sounds of French!

    In this à petits pas (age 1) class, your child will be immersed in fun activities for the eyes and ears while learning to recognize new sounds and familiar objects in a French-language environment. All activities are designed especially for very young children and include greetings, songs, movement, stories, art and crafts, and more.

    The interactions and activities promote child and parent bonding.

    One parent or caregiver must attend class with the child.

  • à petits pas (ages 2–3)

    In à petits pas classes for ages 2–3, your child will pick up new words and language structures, using them in a variety of stimulating activities such as fun arts-and-crafts projects, dancing, games, and stories. Through the repetition of vocabulary and basic language structures, as well as the interaction between his or her teacher and classmates, your child’s fluency and confidence in the language will grow.

    à petits pas (age 1) is not required to take à petits pas (age 2–3).

    One parent or caregiver must attend class with the child.

  • à petits pas (ages 3–4)

    In à petits pas classes for ages 3–4, your child will be exposed to more vocabulary and language structures. They will learn to make very simple sentences while being introduced to written French. Toddlers will act out stories, play games, sing, and dance. Children practice lively routines in French that demonstrate the French savoir faire.

    à petits pas (age 2–3) is not required to take à petits pas (age 3–4).

    Drop-off allowed for children age 4 who are toilet-trained and accustomed to separation.

  • à petits pas for Native French-Speakers (ages 2–4)

    Designed especially for children already immersed in French through their parents or nanny, these classes are perfect for further developing a child’s French language skills while nurturing his/her multiculturalism.

    Age 2–3
    As your child is already familiar with French, à petits pas for native French speakers will give them the opportunity to interact and start speaking in French with other children of their age. Through arts-and-crafts projects, songs, stories, and movement, your child will become more and more confident expressing himself in French. Toddlers practice lively routines in French that demonstrate the French savoir faire.

    Age 3–4
    Your child will be exposed to more French culture while improving his ability to express himself in French. With a curriculum based on children’s books, your child will enjoy classical “literature” and have the chance to practice the vocabulary he learns from the readings. Your child will be introduced to written language. Classes will also include engaging activities such as songs, arts-and-crafts projects, theater, games, and physical activities. Children practice lively routines in French that demonstrate the French savoir vivre.

  • Read Testimonials

    Our daughter absolutely adores her French class at FIAF. She lights up when it’s time for class. The teachers really take the time interact with each child. From being immersed in the language, to the songs and arts and crafts, she has fallen in love with French. We have FIAF to thank!
    — Juliette’s parents

    I like that my son is not only having an amazingly rich, busy and structured experience, but he is being exposed to French in such a positive way that he is developing an interest in the language that comes entirely from within himself!
    — Oliver’s parents

  • Read Safety Guidelines

    FIAF will strictly follow guidelines recommended by the CDC and public health authorities regarding COVID-19. All people over the age of 2 are required to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing at all times. Health checks will be administered upon entering FIAF and a more frequent building-wide cleaning schedule has been implemented.