Summer Fun in French Camps for Toddlers:
Les Petits Champions

Location: In Person at FIAF Montclair
Level: French as a Second Language, French for Native Speakers
Summer: Jun 24–Aug 16

1-week Camps
Half-day: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-12:30pm, $425/week
Full-day: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-3:30pm, $665 /week

Extended After-camp Childcare:
Afternoon: 3:30-6pm • $125/week or $12/hour

Welcome to the Summer Games at FIAF!

This summer, your toddlers 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, 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!

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.

  • Typical Day

    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)
    12:30-1pm: Lunch-time
    1-1:30pm: Quiet-time
    1:30-2:15pm: Playground
    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 24-28 — The Little Axolotls Win In Mexico City

    During this week, your toddlers will travel to Mexico City. They will discover 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.

  • Week 2: July 1-5* — The Little Kangaroos ​​Jump In Sydney

    During this week, your toddlers will travel to Sydney. They will discover 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, so get ready to run and jump!

    *No class/camp on Thursday, July 4 (Independence Day)

  • Week 3: July 8-12 — The Little Pandas Play In Pekin

    During this week, your toddlers will travel to Pekin. While on this voyage, they will discover the lunar calendar and the art of calligraphy, as well as make a dragon craft and create a paper fan. 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. Fun target and racket games await!

  • Week 4: July 15-19 — The Little Capybaras Celebrate In Rio

    During this week, your toddlers will travel to Rio, where they will discover 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 volleyball, baseball or handball, and playing team games.

  • Week 5: July 22-26 — The Little Kitsunes Fight In Tokyo

    During this week, your toddlers will travel to Tokyo, where they will discover the art of manga and the Japanese tea culture. They will create origami and draw their koinobori, as well as make sushi and mochi. There will be a particular focus on combat sports such as judo or karate, and they will learn some fun martial art techniques!

  • Week 6: July 29-August 2 — The Little Snails Light The Flame In Paris

    During this week, your toddlers will travel to Paris – the location of this year’s Summer Games! They will learn about the ville lumière and the French art-de-vivre. They will create stained glass crafts, participate in an Eiffel Tower building contest, and make croque-monsieur and crêpes. There will be a particular focus on wheeled sports, such as bicycling, and they will test their balance through fun activities!

  • Week 7: August 5-9 — The Little Cubs Take Over L.A.

    During this week, your toddlers will travel to Los Angeles. They will discover the magic of Hollywood and the beautiful California landscapes. Their activities will include creating a bear mascot and building the Olympic flame, as well as making sandwiches and ice cream. This week’s activities will be all about movement, from gymnastics to rhythmic gymnastics, and they will learn some fun gymnastic moves and yoga poses!

  • Week 8: August 12-16 — ​​The Little Owls Discover Athens

    During this week, we will take your toddlers back in time to the creation of the Olympics in Athens in 1896. They will discover modern and ancient Greece, the gods of 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, with fun water games to play.