A monthly French Club...
for Home-Educated children
from age 5
No previous French knowledge necessary
Once a month, the next session will take place in October. The date will be announced shortly.
How much? £35 for the day
SG8 0DN (my home and the lovely fields behind our house) Near Wimpole, South Cambridge.
Your children will take part in the following:
Cooking delicious sweet and savoury recipes….and eat them of course!
Lovely nature and wildlife walks in the fields
Innovative seasonal crafts and activities (famous French paintings, collage, beads etc...)
fun games and activities
Singing and learning French in a relaxed atmosphere whilst having fun!
I speak to the children in French as much as possible and they will be learning lots of vocabulary, common expressions, songs etc...The more sessions they attend, the more they will practise and the more they will remember. We are passionate about teaching languages and we try above all to make learning French as fun as possible. We believe that children learn better if they enjoy the subject.
No previous French knowledge necessary. We cater for all levels.
There is always at least 1 native French speaker leading the session, a couple of lovely helpers and a lovely bilingual cocker spaniel!
During each French Club, we take a nature walk in the fields and play lots of French games. We sit, sing, take a minute to laugh, breathe and make memories...
We make the most of our surroundings...
During each session we cook French food together.
The recipes are in French and we learn the cooking vocabulary together.
We have made lemon meringue tarts, sweet and savoury madeleines, strawberry tarts, blackberry jam, sampled delicious French cheeses, snails (for the brave ones) etc...
Each session has a different theme and we always do a craft related to the theme of the day.
We use sewing machines, make jam with the blackberries we collect in the fields, paint on canvas like Monet, make festive bunting etc...
We often have a fire in the garden and cook sausages, chocolate bananas and of course, marshmallows!
Children can play in the tree house, hammock, ping pong, or do some archery.
Lily is part of the French Club too.
She is the sweetest bilingual cocker spaniel, adored by the children.
- What if the Home-Ed French Club is cancelled due to COVID-19?
If we have to cancel the Holiday Club due to any legal rules implemented by the UK government, you will be entitled to a full refund or a credit towards a future session.
What should my child bring?
We provide a morning snack (croissant/pain au chocolat or brioche, and some fruits), but please pack a healthy and balanced lunch and water for your child.
Please ensure your child wear confortable clothes and have a full change of clothes in their bag. We always go for a walk in the fields and it can get muddy if it has been raining. We like to clean the house and equipment clean and will encourage children to change if they are muddy.
We also ask for a pair of indoor and outdoor shoes (crocs or slippers for indoor and crocs or wellies or trainers for outside are perfect)
- In the summer, please pack a sun hat, suncream, extra water and a pair of outdoor shoes (crocs are ideal)
- In the winter, please pack suitable warm clothing, wellies and don't forget a change of clothes!
We have hand sanitiser at home but if you would like to bring your own, that is fine.
-Can I get feedback on my child's day?
Absolutely, what makes us special is that we send parents a recap of the day after each session by email so that you can hear about all the wonderful things we have been doing. We also create a WhatsApp group and send pictures of our day to parents.
We are also available to chat at drop off time or pick up time, should you need any help with anything.
- What if it is my child's first time?
At the French club we are used to be working with children and we understand that it can be difficult for children (and parents) to attend a setting for the first time. We have an excellent caring team and our priority is to make each child feel comfortable. We have children attending from all around Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. We even have children attending from Suffolk and Essex!
Your child will quickly make new friends and as the groups are kept small and we have a very organised timetable, it is not as overwhelming for children. As a mum myself, I do make sure each child is happy, had enough to drink and eat and is learning to the best of their ability.
- What if my child is ill and cannot attend or I want to cancel?
Please let us know if your child is unable to attend and if we have children on the waiting list, we will offer your space and you will be able to get a refund. If we cannot refill the space, we cannot offer a refund but you are more than welcome to find someone to take your place, just pass on our details to the new parent so that we can take the necessary information.
Don't just take our word for it...
Mrs F. Matthews
This is a significant step up from the language lessons I've experienced before. We've been doing classes (first group, then private lessons ) and the Home-Ed French days for 4 years now. In that time, my kids have made multiple bonfires, stroked horses on their walks, sewed bunnies, made authentic French cakes and savouries, copied Monet paintings with acrylic paint and returned home with all manner of ambitious crafts. Lessons are focused and purpose-driven but fun.The kids love it. Jennifer is a native French speaker and her parents were professional caterers in France so the food craft is seriously good. Strongly recommend.
My son Thomas regularly attends home education French days. There’s a lovely community of children that he enjoys seeing, and the day is filled with fun activities and crafts, with French blended into the day so seamlessly that I’m not sure he is aware it’s a learning day. Jennifer is a super teacher, and Tom enjoys himself enormously.”