- Subject: Foreign language classes for kids
- Discount offer: Save $10 each when referring a friend or being referred the first time. Let me be your first friend that refers you to this program.
- Rating: highly recommended
We signed up for fall 2012 French classes, that we’re still attending at the time I’m writing this. Our older daughter is three, so she belongs to the Chats (Kittens) class.
Our lessons take place in the basement of Type book store on Queen St W, across from the Trinity Bellwoods Park. The environment is cozy – they put a carpet on the floor just for this, kids take of their shoes and sit around the teacher. The teacher takes out different toys and games and speaks French to kids right of the bat. Parents can join the kids on the floor or sit on chairs next to walls.
I can honestly say that everything is great about this class. The classes happen once a week, for 45 minutes. In terms of the material covered, for our age group, kids do numbers, colours, animals, saying their name and age, and similar stuff. From what I can tell, all the kids seem to enjoy the little games they do. Each task never lasts too long for them to get bored. Learning is integrated with fun songs and games. The teacher insists on every kid repeating the word so that it sticks. I must admit she has patience made of steel and a very sweet smile, no matter what the kids do. And the class size is just right (4-5 kids currently in our class).
The only slight inconvenience I can think of is the payment method. You cannot do it online (I presume for safety purposes) and they require a cheque to be mailed to the company’s address (although they also offer some e-method which I have not figured out yet). Payments to the bookstore people are not accepted. And our biggest problem is making sure our daughter is up on time and we get there before 10:40 am when the classes are scheduled to start. (I love the convenience of 10 min after half-hour – if we target it for 10:30, and we’re always a few minutes late, we get to be right on time!)
The most amazing to me is that, within just a few lessons (that’s in less than a month) I could see my daughter picking up French. Not in terms that she could speak it, but definitely that she can understand some of it and respond. For instance, I may ask her a few words here and there, like ‘ou est le cochon rose’ and she would point to the pink pig. Or we play cache-cache in French and hide some animals or do letter/colour recognition. I love that she thinks it’s fun and gets something out of it, too.
So, if you are interested, here is the deal:
The classes normally cost $240. However, if an existing customer brings a new one, then the existing customer gets a $20 credit. I came up with a better deal and got approval from the program director – if I refer a friend, we can both share the $20 credit when signing up. That means each paying $10 less, i.e. $230. That is good enough for me, as I am interested in my daughter continuously attending French classes with this company. They tell me that the program is always modified and expanded, so that it’s never the same, even within the same age group.
If interested or have any questions about our experience, email me. If you are looking to sign up your 0-8 year old for these classes, here is your chance to save $10. You can choose any language or location. When ready to enroll, we can agree the details. We can share our names, notify the program director and send them a cheque for a reduced amount. Registration is on first-come first served basis, so make sure you act in time.
There are lots of other locations and foreign languages Multilingual kids teaches throughout Toronto, so go and check what’s available on www.multilingualkids.ca.