The Teddy Bear Club French Summer Sports Program is designed for children ages two to seven. Our program provides either an introduction to, or a continuation of French, while allowing the children to participate in a wide variety of activities as well as sports including basketball, kickball and soccer.
French is taught communicatively and in situations relevant to the lives of our young children. Sports activities are introduced to the children through half-hour workshops three times a week.
A typical day consists of a combination of structured and unstructured activities built around a daily theme. A calendar with a brief description of our daily themes is provided at the beginning of each session. The Teddy Bear Club program’s design and schedule is created according to the age and the developmental level of each group.
The Teddy Bear Club’s summer camp features the same teachers as our academic year program. TBC’s staff is composed of experienced, mature, responsible and dedicated teachers who are trained in both early childhood education and French, and who truly enjoy working with young children. Our staff members are bilingual, and many of them come to us from French-speaking countries such as France and Canada. Each staff member is certified in First Aid and CPR. Click here to meet our staff.
Children must be at least two years old by June 1. Children are organized by age into small groups with one or two staff members.
The following activities, designed to meet the developmental needs of each group, are part of a typical day at The Teddy Bear Club:
Arts & Crafts
The children learn the very basics of basketball including seated and stationary ball-handling, seated and standing dribbling, defense, passing, and shooting. All equipment used is adapted to the heights of our children.
The children have a chance to learn the fundamentals of kickball, including becoming comfortable with the ball and the general rules of the game. Proper techniques for kicking, basic base-running concepts (direction, timing, and ways to score), pitching (involving rolling the ball to classmates and coaches at different distances away and at different paces), and general fielding techniques are introduced.
The children are exposed to the very basics of the sport of soccer, including footwork and proper foot placement, ball-control, dribbling with the left and right foot, defensive positioning and general spacing, passing, shooting, and goal tending.
The children explore movement and dance using imagination, instruments, songs, and stories from different cultures.
Music and Drama
The children are introduced to traditional French and English songs related to our daily themes. Musical activities may also include marching in a “band” while playing musical instruments. A few of our drama activities include acting out short stories, putting on puppet shows or improvising a role based on our daily theme.
The children are introduced to a variety of typical French games and songs on a daily basis. The last day of each two-week session includes a culture capsule activity, where the children may either celebrate Bastille Day, buy food at a marché, go to a café, a pâtisserie or a musée, or walk down a street in Paris.
Children with no previous exposure to French will be introduced to our language activities at a beginner level. Children with prior French experience will be exposed to more challenging activities based on their language skill. French sessions consist of daily target vocabulary words which are introduced communicatively through interactive workshops using props, rhymes, books, worksheets and group games. Emphasis is placed on auditory comprehension and oral production.