FPFM Programs From Birth To 12 Years Old
Children ages 0 to 5 years
(“A, B, C… come and play”) is six fun-filled workshops, each lasting one hour, designed to foster children’s language development and curiosity. The workshops begin with a nursery rhyme, followed by storytime, and ending with games or crafts to consolidate learning. The program is focused on reading and writing and awakening little imaginations.
You’re never too young to start exercising those taste buds! At Petits chefs (“Little Chefs”), children aged 18 months to five years are introduced to cooking and nutrition. Each one-hour workshop lets children explore their five senses through the colours, smells and even sounds of a host of ingredients. Accompanied by an adult, children discover the joys and pleasures of cooking through simple and tasty recipes, which they get to take home.
Bouger avec bébé
Flex those tiny muscles! Each Bouger avec bébé (“Moving with Baby”) workshop starts with a warm-up, then moves on to exercises to develop flexibility and fine and gross motor skills in babies from birth to two years of age. This 45-minute ‘workout’ is an energetic, respectful, and French-speaking experience: what better way to bond with your baby? The exercises can also be easily repeated at home, to continue to strengthen the baby’s muscles and confidence in his or her abilities.
Bouger en famille
(“Moving as a Family”) aims to address the lack of physical activity among children and promote a healthy lifestyle. This physical literacy program for preschoolers and accompanying adults offers an hour of active play and learning about nutrition. Ranging from unstructured play to singing, Bouger en famille activities are a great way to move your body and learn how to play in a group.
Interested in nurturing your child’s artistic side? Try Petits Picassos (“Little Picassos”), a one-hour program designed for adults and their children aged two to five. In a relaxing and safe environment, many different visual arts media are explored, including watercolour, collages/cutting, sculpture and sewing. Budding artists develop their creativity, imagination and emotional management skills.
Éveil à l’écrit
(“Awakening Interest in the Written Word”) is all about getting little ones from zero to two years old excited about reading and writing, and showing parents how to foster interest in the written word in children right from birth. In six 90-minute workshops, parents learn how to stimulate their toddlers’ learning and enjoyment of reading and writing, while children get to socialize in a rich and stimulating environment.
Jouer en français
(“Playtime in French”) This program promotes early language learning in children from birth to five years old. The workshops are conducted in French and last 90 minutes each. The goal is to develop cultural identity and foster a sense of belonging to the francophone community, in a positive environment. The activities provide opportunities for interaction between adults and children and introduce young and old alike to French vocabulary.
Music is a fundamental part of learning for toddlers, a fact that La fanfare (“The Band”) takes full advantage of. In each of the six one-hour workshops, children aged two to five learn a different multicultural song and play games and music. Children delight in trying out musical instruments from around the world, and create their own musical instruments using recycled materials.
A passion for science can start at any age! Petits scientifiques (“Little Scientists”) is a chance for children aged three to five to whet their appetite for learning. Six one-hour workshops offer participants clear explanations of a variety of scientific concepts. Each workshop consists of three activities focused on a specific theme, including a demonstration illustrating the concept. A great family activity!
Toi, moi et la mère l’Oie
(“Mother Goose in French”) is an ‘oral transmission’ program. What does that mean? Simply put, participants (adults and their children from birth to five years old) come together to learn and enjoy nursery rhymes, songs and stories. The gatherings also include snacks and an opportunity to socialize in French in a relaxed and upbeat atmosphere. Families get a written copy of the rhymes learned in the workshops.
In 1971, a group of mothers from the Norwood neighborhood of Winnipeg decided to give their children aged 2 to 5 years old a chance to meet and play together in French. This group also gave the mothers an opportunity to share their experiences and ideas. The format and concept of Mini-franco-fun quickly spread to other francophone communities in Manitoba. Mini-franco-fun is organized by and for parents with the support of and access to resources from the FPFM.
For more information, or to start a Mini-franco-fun group in your neighborhood, please contact the Programs Coordinator at 204 237-9666 ext. 204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Children ages 6 to 12 years
Voyage autour du monde
(“Trip Around the World”) consists of five two-hour workshops in which school-age children develop their geographical and environmental knowledge of five countries. The journey begins with an exploration of French-speaking countries before moving onto other countries and cultures. To stimulate their curiosity, budding globetrotters create a craft related to each country and prepare a typical recipe to sample. Discovery awaits!
Voir, savoir et faire
(“Seeing, Knowing and Doing”) is ideal for parents looking for a combination of hands-on and cultural activities. Whether it’s beading, woodworking, mosaics, knitting, sewing or theatre, children and adults learn a ‘seeing, knowing or doing’ skill under the guidance of an expert or enthusiastic amateur. Guaranteed to arouse the curiosity of young and old alike!
For more information, contact the Programs Coordinator at 204 237-9666 ext. 204 or email at email@example.com