à petits pas Spring Classes (ages 2-4)

Apr 6–Jun 22

Spring classes will start live on Zoom the week of Monday, April 6.

To ensure the best possible remote learning experience, class formats have been adapted as follows: Live lessons on Zoom with their teacher and classmates will be complemented by guided “mommy and me” activities to be completed at home. A typical class will include 30-minute live lessons featuring songs, question & answers, vocabulary games, and storytime. This will be followed by 45 minutes of at-home activities that parents will complete with their child. The class will reconvene online for another 15 minutes so toddlers can display their work and say goodbye.

We will move to in-person lessons at FIAF as soon as we are able to reopen.

Weekdays & Saturdays
11 weeks • Once a week, 90 min • $480

Toddlers learn, laugh, and play en français at FIAF Montclair!

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. Classes are taught entirely in French and in small groups to ensure that each child receives personal attention.

  • Program Details

    Specifically designed for children ages 1–4 by experts in early childhood education, the program uses multi-sensory and teach-by-play techniques to help children develop cognitively, socially, and emotionally. Creative, themed classes taught entirely in French allow your child to seamlessly become familiar with the language from a young age.

    The à petits pas program promotes a gentle immersion experience in small groups to ensure individual attention for each child. The bright and spacious classrooms were specially designed to encourage play and learning. A light snack is offered at each class.

    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.

  • Age 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 children age 1-3.

  • Age 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. During snack time, 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.

  • Native French-Speakers (ages 3-4)

    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.

    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. During snack time, children practice lively routines in French that demonstrate the French savoir vivre.