Today, 66% of the world’s children are raised to speak two languages. Scientific research has shown that in addition to the global exposure an added language gives, bilingual children are better at focusing, multitasking, have increased mental flexibility and creativity, possess stronger logic skills, and perform better academically than their monolingual peers. Scientists believe that the optimal time for children to learn a second language is from birth to 3 years.
Renowned psycholinguist Frank Smith said, “One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”
The International School of Orange County offers a bilingual French and English program for toddlers between the ages of 12 and 30 months old.
The Mommy & Moi program is an introductory approach to French language and culture for parents and toddlers in a warm, loving, and supportive environment. Diverse and hands-on educational activities are specifically designed to engage toddlers and get them acquainted with a foreign language at a time that is key to their language acquisition. Parents will be able to discover alongside their children what tools they can use to engage them in a creative way.
Each session includes playtime, storytime, arts and crafts, dancing and singing games, as well as a break during which healthy refreshments are served. Each activity is planned with the goal to introduce as much French vocabulary as possible.
Mommy & Moi sessions are held separately from regular classes on campus.
French language sessions for you and your little one
Wednesdays – 9:30am-11:00am
$25 per session
First session starts Wednesday, September 11, 2019.
Sylvie is a French native from the southern city of Montpellier who has been living in the United States for over 10 years.
Sylvie has completed her studies in France where she earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration as well as a Qualified Youth Worker Certificate. She has been an educator for the past 20 years, working with adults and children of all ages. Besides teaching our Mommy & Moi classes, Sylvie is also an arts instructor for children aged 5-12 at Studio H Fine Art in Irvine. An accomplished cook, she has also been teaching French cooking at the Irvine Fine Arts Center for almost 10 years.
Sylvie is looking forward to sharing her passion for the arts and French language with our young toddlers as well as reconnecting with her love of teaching little ones.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to speak/understand French to attend your classes? What about my child(ren)?
No, you do not need to speak French; Mommy & Moi is a first approach to another language and culture for both you and your child.
Can I bring my newborn along to a class with my older child?
Yes, one parent can come to class with both children. We also welcome any nannies, friends or family to help.
I have twins. Can I come alone to class with both of them?
Yes, but we suggest bringing someone along to help so that you and your children may fully benefit from the class.
I have no children enrolled at the International School of Orange County. Can I still take the Mommy & Moi classes?
Yes, we welcome all families to our Mommy & Moi program.
Can my nanny come instead of me?
Yes, we welcome any nannies, friends and family members to bring your child to Mommy & Moi class if you have no other choice. We want your child to benefit from socializing with other children.
Are other parents welcome to attend the class?
Yes, absolutely! We welcome everyone to our class.
My child is sick. Can I still come with him/her to class?
We want your child to feel comfortable in class. Please do not bring your child if he/she is not feeling his/her best.
How often are your toys/material cleaned?
We sanitize all toys and materials after each class.
Why are there some weeks when there is no class?
We follow the School’s academic calendar and therefore we will not have class on the weeks when there is no school.