Would you like your child to learn French from a young age in an entertaining and enjoyable way?
Toddlerhood is the perfect age to start learning a new language. Young children do it naturally and effortlessly and, as they have powerful imaginations, they love learning in a fun and playful way.
Learning a new language is also incredibly beneficial for stimulating our children’s brains and improving their creativity, and it also plays an important role in childhood development.
The sensitive period for language development described by Maria Montessori occurs between birth until six years of age, when all children have an absorbent mind. During this period, they are naturally interested in learning the names for everything in their environment, making it the ideal time to easily learn, understand and speak a second language, and expand their vocabulary.
The children will intuitively learn French through songs, simple stories and games, and I use a variety of puppets, including my star puppet Frogouille, to interact with them.
They will learn vocabulary about a variety of topics. Each term will introduce a new topic, and learning colours and numbers will be implemented in each and every class.
Your children will always hear the right pronunciation of the vocabulary introduced in the lessons, and as they are excellent imitators, they will acquire a lovely near native French accent.
As all children attend the classes with their carers, you can learn or improve your own French too!
If you are a bilingual family and are keen for your child to have regular language lessons to maintain their knowledge of their family’s native tongue, this is the perfect class for you! Very young children have the incredible ability to absorb and learn several languages at once, without getting confused.
So whether your children are beginners or speak some French already, they can benefit greatly from a class using both English and French, boosting their cognitive development, creativity, confidence and self-esteem.
French Frogglers will develop your children’s taste for learning French, and is a perfect basis for future successful language learning! Learning languages should be fun and effortless – at French Frogglers we focus on both – with the emphasis on fun!
“We can help the child’s language development with listening, eye contact, speaking well in his presence, and by providing a stimulating environment, rich in sensorial experiences and in language, providing a wealth of experience, because language is meaningless if it is not based on experience”
How does it work ?
Each class lasts 40 minutes and is packed with a variety of activities, for a maximum of 10 children (and their carer). Sessions are £6 PAYG, or £5 if you book for the whole term (12 weeks). There is a 25% discount for siblings over 18 months old (at checkout). Siblings under 18 months can attend the sessions free of charge.
All bookings and payments must be made online in advance. Cash payments are not accepted.
Each term will focus on one topic and a regular attendance is strongly advised to maintain continuity in the learning process. Each session will reinforce the vocabulary learned in the previous ones, so the more you attend, the more you learn!
Classes run on Tuesdays and Fridays, 1pm to 1.40pm
Ware Arts Centre / Southern Maltings, Kibes Lane (next to the Council’s car park)
Ware SG12 7DE
My name is Cathie Little and I am a Montessori trained French teacher, and a native French speaker, with over 15 years' experience in teaching French to children in nursery and primary schools, both in the US and the UK, as well as English in France in a secondary school.
I am also mum to a lovely and lively 3 year old little boy called Marlon.
I have been in the UK since 2002 and live in Ware, Hertfordshire, with my husband and son (and our cat Mousse).
"We absolutely loved having Cathie come into our setting to teach the little ones French. She has a lovely warm and inviting personality, is able to keep a group of children entranced and has an innate understanding of the individual child's development. We cannot recommend Cathie highly enough!"
(where I had the pleasure to teach French for 7 years)
"A natural gift for teaching"
"Cathie, who worked for our club (Le Club Frère Jacques) for 13 years and is now founder of French Frogglers, is that rare find: a teacher with a genuine love and natural gift for teaching languages to young children. The themed lessons are well planned to introduce children to French and develop their language skills. With many puppets, songs, games and tailored activities, her lessons captivate, entertain and teach in equal measure. If you are interested in introducing your child to French, this is the perfect way!"
Julie Scorah, manager at Le Club Frère Jacques
Cathie taught our French classes for 9 years and we all were very sad when she left us to have her baby. The children thoroughly enjoyed her classes and she was always looking for new ways to keep them stimulated and engaged. She was reliable, cheerful, warm and enthusiastic and altogether an excellent teacher. I would highly recommend Cathie as a teacher to introduce children to learning French and feel sure that she will do a great job in her new venture running French Frogglers.
"Positive start for children"
For many years Cathie, introduced the French language to our children at Ladbroke square Montessori School . She found marvellous ways to inspire, and engage our children with puppets, stories and songs - combined with her gentle, lovely, sense of humour. I would wholeheartedly recommend Cathie to parents wishing for positive start and continued progress for their children with the French language.
"Imaginative and lively"
Cathie Little taught French classes at both my
schools once a week for 12 years, from September 2004 to
March 2016. She was always reliable and cheerful. Her classes were imaginative and lively. The children were very engaged in the lessons and the parents impressed with their progress and knowledge of French. Her delightful personality made her a welcome weekly visitor.
Felicity Marrian, headteacher at Iverna Gardens Montessori School and Victoria Road Montessori School, London