Planning a family holiday to France? Then Tingalingo might just help your little one bridge the language barrier next time you cross the Channel.

Tingalingo classes combine music, craft and stories in French, for babies and toddlers – from around 10 months to four years – as well as their mums, dads or carers.

The weekly classes are delivered entirely in French by a native French speaker and run for 30-40 minutes. Each class is introduced with Madame Hibou (the owl mascot) and her family. The songs combine traditional French songs, such as Frere Jacques and Alouette, mixed with English songs translated into French (e.g. The Wheels on the Bus), and also some unique compositions such as Trois Hiboux and Tingalingo Au Revoir.

The craft activity often ties in with the book the class is reading that week. For example, the Hungry Caterpillar (in French) means the children will make their own colourful cardboard caterpillars. They also tie in with seasonal events such as Fathers day cards, Valentines cards etc.

Young minds are like sponges, and can absorb new languages as rapidly and easily as their mother tongue. This is especially true of children who are just learning to speak, as they can pick up more than one language simultaneously. In fact, research shows that being introduced to a second language at a young age makes it easier to learn others at a later stage, as well as helping overall mental development.

Above all else, Tingalingo believes that learning another language should be fun. They’re never too young to start. C’est tres bien!

Check out our calendar or http://www.tingalingo.com/book-a-class for details on when courses are running in local locations.

It’s £60 for a 6-week term.

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