Welcome to the Summer Games at FIAF!
This summer, your children will learn, laugh and have fun in French with the Summer Games. Each week’s camp will focus on a city that has hosted the Games, with lessons themed around the geography and the culture of the hosting country, a type of game, famous athletes, and other related aspects of the Games. From the creation of the Olympics in Athens to the future Games in Los Angeles, children will make stops in Greece, Mexico, Australia, China, Brazil, Japan, France and the United States. They will learn about the symbols, values and mascots of each host city, a vast range of vocabulary related not only to sports, but also to food, numbers, shapes and colors, animals, architecture, music, clothing, and more. Best of all, they will learn how to work together and collaborate just like the champion teams will do in Paris this summer! See you at the Games!
Open to all levels of French including native French-speaking kids. Whether your child is brand new to French or already proficient, these day camps will help them learn and improve their French while having fun and making new friends.
The FIAF Montclair Advantage
- An authentic French-language immersive approach that will benefit all children whether they are complete beginners, native French speakers, or somewhere in between.
- New exciting themes each week. Sign up for all 8 weeks for maximum fun and learning!
8:30-9am: Drop-off and free play
9-9:30am: Welcome and daily routine
9:30-11am: French Class and games
11-11:15am: Goûter (snack)
11:15am-12:15pm: Individual themed project
12:15-12:30pm: Cleaning time, goodbyes and dismissal (half-day option)
12:30-1pm: Lunch time
1:30-2:15pm: Free play
2:15-3:15pm: Themed project
3:15-3:30pm: Cleaning time, goodbyes and dismissal.
3:30-6pm: Childcare (optional)
Week 1: June 24-28 — Win A Gold Medal In Mexico City
During this week, your children will travel to Mexico City. They will learn about the heritage of the Aztec people and culture, famous landmarks and the art of jewelry. As part of their “voyage,” they will make a traditional Aztec mask and create their own bijou, as well as cook tacos and make a Mayan chocolate dessert. The games this week will focus on ball games, such as soccer and basketball, and children will become familiar with famous athletes from these sports, like Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi in soccer, Tony Parker and Michael Jordan in basketball.
Week 2: July 1-July 5* — The Little Kangaroos Jump In Sydney
During this week, your children will travel to Sydney. They will learn about the wilderness and the art of the Aboriginal people. While in Sydney, they will make a boomerang, learn how to paint like the Aboriginal people, and bake Fairy Bread and Anzac biscuits. This week’s games will focus on track & field and jumping, and children will become familiar with gold-medal athletes from these sports, like Usain Bolt, Marie-José Pérec or Renaud Lavillenie.
*No class/camp on Thursday, July 4 (Independence Day)
Week 3: July 8-12 — Ready, Set, Go Pekin
During this week, your children will travel to Pekin. While on this voyage, they will learn about the lunar calendar and the art of calligraphy, as well as make a dragon craft and create a paper lantern. In the kitchen, they will make Cantonese rice and egg tarts. The games this week will focus on skill games, such as fencing and archery, as well as racket sports, such as badminton and table tennis. Children will become familiar with gold-medal athletes from these sports, like Serena Williams, or Roger Federer.
Week 4: July 15-19 — Celebrate The Games In Rio
During this week, your children will travel to Rio, where they will learn about the diverse and festive atmosphere of Brazil. They will make friendship bracelets and create a traditional carnaval hat, and will cook feijoada and quindim. This week will have a big focus on teams, learning about team sports such as baseball or handball, and doing activities such as volleyball. Children will become familiar with gold-medal athletes from these sports, like Giba and Sheilla Castro and Nikola Karabatić.
Week 5: July 22-26 — Fight Like A Champ In Tokyo
During this week, your children will travel to Tokyo, where they will learn about the art of manga and the Japanese tea culture. They will create origami and draw their own manga comic strips as well as make sushi and mochi. There will be a particular focus on combat sports such as judo or karate, and activities that focus on practicing some martial arts technique. Children will become familiar with gold-medal athletes from these sports, like Teddy Riner and Ryoko Tani.
Week 6: July 29-August 2 — Light The Flame In Paris
During this week, your children will travel to Paris – the location of this year’s Summer Games! They will learn everything about the ville lumière and the French art-de-vivre. They will create stained glass crafts and participate in an Eiffel Tower building contest, and make croque-monsieur and crêpes. There will be a particular focus on wheeled sports, such as track cycling or BMX, and fun activities will help children practice their balance! Children will become familiar with gold-medal athletes from these sports, like Connor Fields, Lance Armstrong, and Jeannie Longo.
Week 7: August 5-9 —See You In L.A.
During this week, your children will travel to Los Angeles. They will learn about the magic of Hollywood and the beautiful California landscapes. Their activities will include creating their own eagle mascot, designing a photo album of a fictional Californian road trip, and making sandwiches and ice cream. This week’s activities will be all about movement, from gymnastics to rhythmic gymnastics and yoga, and children will become familiar with gold-medal athletes from these sports, like Simone Biles and Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos.
Week 8: August 12-16 — Dive In The Origins Of The Olympics In Athens
During this week, we will take your children back in time to the creation of the Olympics in Athens in 1896. They will learn about modern and ancient Greece, the gods of the Olympus and the art of mosaics. Kids will enjoy making sculptures, creating their own mosaics, making tzatziki, and cooking mosaiko. There will be a particular focus on water sports such as swimming and synchronized swimming, a water-themed activity, and children will become familiar with gold-medal athletes, like Laure Manaudou or Michael Phelps.