Toddlers will laugh, play, explore, and stay active all summer long during week-long day camps. Each week’s camp will be themed to focus on a different art expression, such as music, dance, painting, theater and even comics. Throughout the summer, kids will practice their French as they unleash their inner artist!
Whether your child is brand new to French or already fluent, these day camps will help them learn and improve their French while having fun and making new friends.
This half-day and full-day summer program is an excellent opportunity for toddlers and parents to get a taste of our à petits pas Excellence program offered fall through spring.
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.
- Small groups (5 to 12 kids) to ensure maximum interaction
- New exciting themes each week. Sign up for all 8 weeks for maximum fun and learning!
Ages: Children must be at least 3 years old when the session starts and no older than 5 years old (children born between September 1, 2018 and June 27, 2020). They should be toilet-trained and accustomed to separation.
8:30-9am: Drop-off and free play
9-9:30am: Daily routine and movements
9:30-10am: Greetings and circle time
10-10:30am: Individual themed project
10:30-10:45am: Cleaning time and free play
10:45-11am: Goûter (snack)
11-11:30am: Games and movements
11:30am-12:15pm: Collaborative themed project
12:15-12:30pm: Cleaning time, story time, goodbyes and dismissal (end of half-day)
2:15-3:15pm: Individual themed project
3:15-3:30pm: Cleaning time, story time, goodbyes and dismissal (end of full-day)
3:30-6pm: Childcare (optional)
Week 1: June 26-30 — Music to the Ears
Music to the Ears
Day 1 – Singing and playing like Troubadours
Day 2 – Camille Saint Saens and “The Carnival of the Animals”
Day 3 – Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy as modern masterminds
Day 4 – From Edith Piaf to Joe Dassin, an anthem to Paris
Day 5 – Folk music from the regions of France
Week 2: July 3-7* — Dance and Circus
Dance and Circus
Day 1 – Discovering our body & the different styles of dance
Day 2 – Here enters Monsieur Loyal!
Day 3 – It’s puppet time!
Day 4 – Who will juggle the longest?
*No class/camp on Tuesday, July 4 (Independence Day)
Week 3: July 10-14 — “Click!”, it’s Photograph and Architecture week
“Click!”, it’s Photograph and Architecture week
Day 1 – the Art-Déco photography and architecture
Day 2 – Henri Cartier-Bresson and candid photography
Day 3 – Brassaï and his love for Paris
Day 4 – Patrick Demarchelier and the fashion industry
Day 5 – Yann Artus-Bertrand and nature
Week 4: July 17-21 — Lights, Camera, Action!
Lights, Camera, Action!
Day 1 – “L’Odysée de Choum”, a tale of owl and family in the bayou. France/Belgique, 2019
Day 2 – The sock thieves of “Made in France”. France, 2017
Day 3 – “The Girl who Hated Books”. Canada, 2006
Day 4 – “Riba” : discovering Lyon and music. France, 2003
Day 5 – “Sweet Cocoon”, when caterpillars turn into butterflies. France, 2014
Week 5: July 24-28 — Once Upon a Time in Literature
Once Upon a Time in Literature
Day 1 – Tales and Fables
Day 2 – Poetry
Day 3 – Novels and short-stories
Day 4 – Albums
Day 5 – Theater
Week 6: July 31-August 4 — La Bande-Dessinée
La Bande-Dessinée, comics made in France and Belgium!
Day 1 – Tintin and Milou / Boule and Bill representing Belgium
Day 2 – Spirou, Fantasio and Spip as a bridge between France and Belgium
Day 3 – Asterix, Obelix and Idefix for French adventures
Day 4 – Houba Houba Hop! This is the Marsupilami
Day 5 – The blue village of the Smurfs, born in Belgium
Week 7: August 7-11 — Theater: The Show Must Go On
Theater: The Show Must Go On
Day 1 – What is “le théâtre” ?
Day 2 – Costumes, make-up and accessories
Day 3 – Kamishibaï, the image-theater from Japan
Day 4 – Discovering the theater as a place
Day 5 – Ladies and gentlemen, it’s show time!
Week 8: August 14-18 — Painting and Sculpting
Painting and Sculpting
Day 1 – Fernando Costa, numbers and letters
Day 2 – Henri Matisse and Nature
Day 3 – Auguste Herbin and the shapes
Day 4 – Paul Cézanne and fruits
Day 5 – To be determined
Classroom Guidelines (as of 9/7/2022): Masks are optional and proof of Covid-19 vaccination is no longer requried to attend a class or event at any FIAF location. Read more.