Classes, Culture, Summer Camps and more for your little ones at Chez Kids Academy

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Chez Kids Academy is the children’s education center of the Alliance Française de Chicago, specially designed for young public and their interests. All classes are conducted in French by dedicated and experienced teachers. Embark with us on a journey into “Francophonie.”

Why should your child learn French?

Research shows that children between the ages of 1–10 years, who learn a second language in addition to their native tongue, have a higher success rate in future academia. Children in this age range have more ability and success in learning a second language than those who start later in life. Opening your children’s life to a second language will not only broaden understanding and acceptance of other cultures but also improve comprehension in English. French is one of the most popular and widely spoken European languages in the world, and the renowned Alliance Française is the best place to immerse your child in an enjoyable, rich and varied French cultural and language program.

French Classes for ages 3-5
Mornings & Afternoons / Weekdays

PackageDatesPrice
Entire year, whole week 183 classes / 457.5hrsAug. 31–Jun. 10$5,825
Entire year, M–W–F 109 classes / 272.5hrsAug. 31–Jun. 10$4,130
Entire year, T–Th. 74 classes / 185hrsSept. 01–Jun. 09$2,805
Entire session, whole week 74 classes / 185hrsAug. 31–Dec. 18 F 15$2,500
Entire session, M–W–F 44 classes / 110hrsAug. 31–Dec. 18 F 15$1,910
Entire session, T–Th. 30 classes / 75hrsSept. 01–Dec 17$1,305

In a classroom environment enriched by French culture and language, your children will develop social skills through age-appropriate group activities such as movement, music and crafts; using pictures, flannel board and puppets, they will share stories, songs, poems and games; they will also be able to express themselves by acting out stories and creating their own imaginative tales, making puppets and drawings. Class is conducted in French with assistance in English only when necessary. Activities will tap into children’s natural curiosity and stimulate their intellectual, motor and artistic skills, as well as social development. A light snack will be prepared and served by teachers and their pupils. Prices indicated below are based on a 2.5-hour class per day

For more information and registration, please call us at (312) 337-1070

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Saturdays at the Alliance

Saturday afternoons are a good time to relax, discover, learn and experience something new. Awaken your children’s curiosity and imagination, develop their critical thinking, and offer them a chance to meet peers sharing the same interest.

French For Youngsters for ages 3-4 / Saturdays

TimePrices
Sat. 9:40.–10:40 a.m. Sept. 19 –Nov. 7$180 members / $210 non-members

Children are invited to our French discovery zone! The method in this immersion program is based on the awakening of their senses as well as their intellects. Children will learn French through motor games, songs, dances, story-telling, and do-it yourself activities. A light snack will be prepared and served by teachers and their pupils.

For more information and registration click here or please call us at (312) 337-1070

Ages 5-6 / Saturdays

TimePrices
Sat. 10:50 a.m.–12:25 p.m. Sept. 19–Nov. 7$260 members / $290 non-members
• $10 materials fee

In this program, children will learn the basic communication skills in French: introducing themselves, asking questions (name, nationality, etc.), expressing their opinions, and describing simple images… They will also discover France through a fictive trip with photos, post cards, and pictures… A light snack will be prepared and served by teachers and their pupils.

For more information and registration, please call us at (312) 337-1070

Ages 7-9 / Saturdays

TimeLevelPrices
Sat. 9:00 –10:35 a.m.
Sept. 19–Nov. 7
Initiation$260 members / $290 non-members
• $10 materials fee
Sat. 9:00 –10:35 a.m.
Sept. 19 –Nov. 7
Beginners$260 members / $290 non-members
• $10 materials fee
Sat. 9:00 –10:35 a.m.
Sept. 19 –Nov. 7
Advanced beginners$260 members / $290 non-members
• $10 materials fee

Based on a new pedagogical method, the children will discover French language and culture, basic grammar and vocabulary, in a fun atmosphere. Placement test is required prior to registration for new students.

For more information and registration, please call us at (312) 337-1070

Ages 10-12 / Saturdays

TimeLevelPrices
Sat. 10:50 a.m.–12:25 p.m.
Sept. 19–Nov. 7
Initiation$260 members / $290 non-members
• $10 materials fee
Sat. 10:50 a.m.–12:25 p.m.
Sept. 19–Nov 7
Beginners$260 members / $290 non-members
• $10 materials fee
Sat. 10:50 a.m.–12:25
Sept. 19 –Nov. 7
Advanced beginners 1$260 members / $290 non-members
• $10 materials fee
Sat. 12:45–2:20 p.m.
Sept. 19 –Nov. 7
Advanced beginners 2$260 members / $290 non-members
• $10 materials fee
Sat. 10:50 a.m.–12:25 p.m.
Sept. 19–Nov 7
Intermediate$260 members / $290 non-members
• $10 materials fee

Based on a new pedagogical method, the children will discover French language and culture, basic grammar and vocabulary, in a fun atmosphere. Placement test is required prior to registration for new students.

For more information and registration, please call us at (312) 337-1070

MOMS, POPS AND TOTS for ages 1-2 !

TimePrices
Sat. 9:00–9:30 a.m. Sept. 19 –Nov. 7$85 members / $110 non-members

Children are invited to our French discovery zone! The method in this immersion program is based on the awakening of their senses as well as their intellects. Children will learn French through motor games, songs, dances, story-telling, and do-it-yourself activities. A light snack will be prepared and served by teachers and their pupils.

For more information and registration click here or please call us at (312) 337-1070 young_drawing

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Wednesdays at the Alliance!
Les petits artistes for ages 6-12 / Wednesdays

TimePrices
Wed. 4:00–5:30 p.m. Sept. 16 –Nov. 4$245 non-members/$275 members
• $10 material fee

Drawing with charcoal is among the best-loved activities for many children, freeing and expanding their imaginations while also helping them to make sense of the world. This course adopts a playful approach to practical instruction, teaching children basic skills as well as the French vocabulary that goes with them. Charcoal is an ancient dry medium, which was utilized in many cultures throughout centuries. Nowadays charcoal is still highly appealing to artists. In our classroom we will explore the versatility of the charcoal. We will implement art techniques such as hatching, rubbing and lifting (erasing) into our experimentation. We will work with compressed charcoal, vine charcoal and charcoal pencil. Starting with the basics, depicting fruits and drapery, your child will conclude the class with a charcoal drawing of your home based on a photograph. Your child will time travel through historical periods while learning about important artists who produced charcoal drawings. We will investigate prehistoric cave drawings, renaissance studies, and the work of Dürer, Degas, Matisse, Picasso and contemporary artists. Your child will learn through doing, gaining visual and linguistic fluency in the field of charcoal drawing.

For more information and registration click here or please call us at (312) 337-1070