I love APS as do my children! I feel I have a decent ability with only a 15 months of studying. My children love the instructor and really look forward to learning French. My oldest daughter has been studying for about 4 years and her progress is impressive! I would highly recommend for families, adults and children!
Gaëlle is engaging, kind, and has created a phenominal program to immerse children in the French language and culture. Finding this school was a gift, and continues to be a good investment in our daughter’s education.
When our son Emmanuel was born, we wanted him to be in a place where he could hear French spoken somewhere other than at home with his mother, who is a native French speaker. One afternoon on a walk, we saw a sign for Aux Petits Soins about French classes, and after meeting Gaëlle, we learned about the free Day Trippers program, so we decided to go. It was the beginning of a beautiful adventure.
Emmanuel started when he was three months old, and we started by learning songs such as, “Vole, vole papillon” and “Tourne, tourne petit moulin.” It has been fun for him and for us. At home, he tries to repeat Gaëlle’s gestures, which is very awesome.
Our treasure is 1.5 years old now and is continuing with the Explorers II program, which he is still enjoying. We are very happy having Emmanuel there – it’s a great place to be and to help your little one immersed in French language and culture.
Gaëlle Cassin-Ross is THE best teacher ever !! She’s warm, kind, understanding, gentle, and beyond smart ! I am so grateful I stumbled onto her school! My son, George, LOVES her and was engaged for 20-30 minutes each session- and he was only 4-6 months old ! The learning is never ending with all of the classes Aux Petits Sons offers. Gaëlles positive attitude is influential and helps sets me up to have a better day! I look forward to signing up for more classes as my son grows.
If you are looking for a place to learn French in Lansing/Okemos, this is the best place. I’m a Ph.D. student at MSU and I started to take French due to working in tandem with labs in France. I wanted a place to supplement my French learning and this place fit perfectly.
The class sizes are small, no more than 4 people, and even when you first start you will be taught 99% of the time in French. This was hard at first. You will feel confused and self conscious about not knowing the right thing to say or not understanding what is going on. But trust me, stick with it. You will start to pick up small words and phrases and before you know it you’ll be understanding a lot of what is said.
This has put me leaps and bounds above the others in my French class at MSU in terms of pronunciation and learning all those tricky rules in French. There are also a lot of extras that come with the school. Such as French game night on Friday, which is super fun, and other opportunities to connect with other people who love French.
Give it a shot, you won’t be disappointed.
We love how our children have been exposed to language, literature, and ideas in French. French Club was especially fun for my 5 year-old.
My kids (ages 3 and 1) have been part of Aux Petits Soins for the past year and what an adventure! It’s been wonderful to see them enjoy playing and singing (and of course learning) in a language immersion program with other children. I am very thankful that Gaelle and her family bring the beautiful gift of French language and culture to the Lansing community.
Aux Petits Soins is a wonderful introduction to French language for children. Gaëlle brings her enthusiasm and warmth to each session and our son has really enjoyed his first class, while picking up some words and numbers. He especially loves the songs. We’re so glad we found the program!
After just one class, we are hooked. This is the best way for kids to learn French, totally immersed with an enthusiastic and patient teacher. Songs, games, and laughter. Thank you for the opportunity!
Edited to add: Two semesters later and we are still loving Gaëlle and her classes. She gives 100 percent to the kids and these classes.
My 2-year old son just finished his first session with Gaëlle and Aux Petits Soins. I had been searching for anything to do with French culture and language since Holden was born and am so fortunate to have stumbled upon this program. We both love attending class each week, singing the songs, and playing. Gaëlle truly has what is best and works for the children in mind, which is such a relief! The 2-4 class that we attend is very relaxed and allows for the extreme energy toddlers have (and some times short attention spans!). We are both so excited to continue on this journey with APS!
I enrolled my son, Theoan (11 months) for the first session and he absolutely loves all of the songs we have learned in class. Also, my three year old, who has come to some of the classes, has struck an interest in learning French! I thank you, Gaelle for creating a relaxed, engaging, French learning setting This is how French should be learned.. Starting at the basics!
This is so wonderful for children and parents together. I am so happy I signed my daughter up for this class. She may be only 9 months but she has so much fun.
We absolutely love Aux Petits Soins! My 3-month-old daughter and I drive 1.5 hours from Midland once or twice per month so that we can enjoy the benefits of the class. We would be going once or twice per week if we lived in Lansing. I cannot recommend it enough. Gaëlle is an absolute joy and has a talent for engaging even the youngest students. At just 8 weeks, my daughter was enthralled with the songs, colors and enthusiasm Gaëlle brings. I love that it is a relaxed, intimate atmosphere where the spontaneous needs of infants and toddlers are understood and welcomed.
I cannot recommend Aux Petits Soins enough! My daughter started at four months old. While she is young, you can see by her smile how much she enjoys Gaelle, hearing French songs and engaging in the other babies. Gaelle is an amazing teacher for not only the children but the parents, too. It’s easy to see how much everyone enjoys class. I studied French and lived abroad in college. I’ve always wanted to share French culture and language with my daughter and I’m thrilled to have the chance to do it at only five months of age. Thank you Gaelle for bringing this unique and wonderful opportunity to Lansing!
My 8-month son and I love going to French each week. Gaëlle is really fantastic with babies and makes it easy for parents (even those who can’t speak French) to engage in class. We sing some of the songs at home and Joel loves them