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French classes in Old Town Alexandria for children


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Georgetown French Market-April 28-30, 2017

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on April 24, 2017 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Feel like you're in Paris this Friday-Sunday in Georgetown!


My favorite French books

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on April 5, 2017 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Here is a list of some of my favorite French books. Most of these books you may find on amazon.com (start there first) or amazon.fr 

My favorite local bookstores who have French books are: Hooray for Books in Old Town Alexandria, Bonjour Maman in Kensington, MD and Politics and Prose in Washington, DC.

You may also buy French books on amazon.com and amazon.fr

Paris s'envole   (in French) or Paris, Up, Up and Away (in English) by Hélène Druvert.  A very whimsical book: The Eiffel Tower decides to fly to see Paris from a different point of view.  The beauty of this book are intricate black cut-outs of Paris.  

J'y vais by Matthieu MaudetAbout a bird leaving his nest.  His family and friends each give him something as he walks out of his nest and down the long branch.  A funny surprise at the end of where he is actually going.

Les orteils n'ont pas de nom by Jean LeRoy and Mattieu Maudet The toes are upset that they don't have individual names like fingers do.  Read the creative names the toes brainstorm.  

Roule and Saute by Tatsuhide Matsuoka. Very simple book about all different animals that roll (roule) and jump (saute).  Great repetition and good for learning the simple present conjugation of these two regular -er verbs. 

Manger un loup by Vincent Bourgeau  and Cédric Ramadier.  Great book for learning some kitchen tools and simple kitchen terminology.  Very funny book about a pig who wants to make wolf soup.  

Mon bus and Mon velo by Bryon Barton.  These two books are great for those who like to learn about different vehicules (mon bus) or about the parts of the bike (mon velo).  

Bon appetit, Monsieur Lapin by Claude Boujon. Monsieur rabbit no longer likes to eat carrots.  He asks his animal friends what they like to eat but none of those meals seem appetizing to Monsieur Lapin.  He makes the mistake of asking the loup(wolf) what he likes to eat and learns the hard way that the loup likes rabbits.  Luckily the wolf only eats Monsieur Lapin's ears and the  Monsieur Lapin starts to like to eat carrots again, especially since it helps him to grow his ears back.

La chenille qui fait des trous(The Hungry Caterpillar) by Eric Carle.

Dans Paris, Il y a by Paul Eluard

La vie secrète des bonshommes de neige https://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/la-vie-secrete-des-bonshommes-de-neige-caralyn-buehner/1114772987/2691781842569?st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Core+Catch-All,+Low_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP79700&gclid=Cj0KCQiA7dHSBRDEARIsAJhAHwhm4q8IQJMZ-j4Bll9_-ZYLuflMviMq2MlwF4oDeWlDV7prjAh-NgcaAm0_EALw_wcB

French concert for families on March 3, 2017

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on January 26, 2017 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Vive la musique! Let’s sing and dance en français with Achille! Children and families are invited to attend a special concert with local musician, Achille, who will be singing popular children’s French songs.


When: Friday, March 3, 2017 from 5-6pm


Where: The Lyceum

201 S. Washington St.

Alexandria, VA 22314


Price: $5 per person

(ages 12 mo and under are free)

About the musician: Achille Ango grew up in Cameroon (Central West Africa). After graduating from High School, he went to France where he lived for seven years studying and playing music. He has taught French to children, and played music with various bands in the Washington area for more than 20 years. He now teaches French in an immersion school using music as a vehicle.





Sponsored by: Old Town French & The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee


Parent's Night Out September 24th

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on September 16, 2016 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

On Saturday, Sept. 24th, 2016 at 5-8pm, I will be hosting a Parent’s Night Out with Arts on the Horizon and the Downtown Baptist Church here at the church. Your child/children (ages 3-12) will enjoy an enriching evening of art, stories, drama and music while you have a nice evening out in Old Town Alexandria! Your children bring their own bagged dinner and eats with us. The cost is $20 for the first child and $10 for the second, third, etc. Sign up here!

May 21st:Parent's Night Out at the DBC

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on May 2, 2016 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

“Around the World” Parent’s Night Out

Hosted by: The Downtown Baptist Church, Old Town French and Arts on the Horizon.

When: Saturday May 21st at 5-8 pm

Who: Children ages 3-11 years of age.

Price: $20 for the first child, $10 for each additional child.


Enjoy an evening in Old Town while your child has fun at our “Around the World” themed Parents Night Out. During the 3-hour experience, children will “travel” to several countries and take part in crafts, music, drama and creative play related to these places. Pack a dinner and drink for your child to enjoy in our “International Café”. Mme. Rebecca will be there to represent France. She will be reading books about France, playing music with the children and doing an arts & crafts.

Note: The evening will be mostly in English because children from the whole community are invited to attend.

Limited spots available so sign up soon at : http://downtownbaptist.org/(under Parent’s Night Out).


Georgetown French Market

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on April 17, 2016 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

On April 29-May 1st.  Would you like to pretend you’re in Paris next weekend? The Book Hill neighborhood of Georgetown celebrates spring with a French Market on April 29-May 1 with merchants, restaurants, salons and galleries displaying their wares in an inviting open-air market, evoking the outdoor markets of Paris where guests wander between shops and galleries tempted by the aroma of fresh coffee and croissants while enjoying the sounds of strolling musicians. There is music and children activities on Saturday and Sunday. More information at: http://georgetowndc.com/events/signature-event/french-market ;

New Language App for Children

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on March 31, 2016 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Kadho, a new language app for children, helps children recogize sounds in different languages through repetitive games.  I'm trying it on my children and will update you in a few months to report on what they've learned.  What I like so far about their apps is they have special themes(building a tree house, kitchen, etc.) and that it is based on many years of neuroscience research on how the brain learns languages.


La Chandeleur-Crêpe Day

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on January 28, 2016 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

In France, La Chandeleur, also known as "Crêpe Day," is celebrated with food and games. On February 6th, Hillwood Estate in DC is inviting families to celebrate this holiday in festive French fashion by eating crepes, listening to classic tales told in French and English, and experiencing the exciting culture of Brittany, where crepes originated. Go to http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/ to buy tickets