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Give the gift of French culture this holiday season. At Aux Petits Soins™, we offer French language classes for students of all ages – and serve as the hub for French culture appreciation in mid-Michigan.

We’re a language immersion program for babies, kids and adults that really works. We use an innovative language education system called Listen. Absorb. Speak.™, drawing on the latest theories of early childhood development and cutting-edge cognitive research on the brain’s ability to assimilate new language at any age. 

Our everyday prices are already incredibly low, so we have very little flexibility to offer discounts at other times of the year. But this Small Business Saturday, we’re getting in on the fun and offering these specially discounted classes ­starting Monday, November 19 – including waiving our initial enrollment fees – to reach out to new students and fill our ever-expanding class schedule.

Children’s classes ($1 off per class per 12-week session): 
Three levels of Explorers: 1 (ages 6-18 months), 2 (ages 18 months-3 years) and 3 (ages 3-5) – was $168, you pay $156*
Three levels of Travel Bugs: (ages 5-7), 2 (ages 7-9) and 3 (ages 9-12) – was $210, you pay $198*
*$15 enrollment fee, covering cost of class materials, is waived as part of this special

Adult classes ($20 off per 12-week session): 
Two levels of Ensemble: 12 weeks of French instruction for $280* (regular price: $300)
*$25 enrollment fee, covering cost of class materials, is waived as part of this special

We’ve already enabled a new generation of babies here in Lansing to embark on paths to being fully bilingual. We’ve also helped a small community of adults realize their lifelong dreams of learning French. Our two-prong approach allows us to tweak the old saying: The best time to learn a new language is when you’re a child; the second-best time is right now.

Offer only good for Winter Session: Jan. 7-March 31, 2019. Offer not to be combined with any other discount.

Derrière le miroir

From 1945 to 1982, the French magazine Derrière le miroir served as a virtual art exhibition for Galerie Maeght Paris, a prominent Paris art gallery that featured works by artists such as Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall. Publisher/gallery owner Aimé Maeght incorporated original works from these artists to complement the exhibits, and the resulting monthly magazine became a work of art in its own right.

The current exhibition at the Broad Art Museum incorporates covers and prints from the MSU Broad collection, shedding a light on this unique aspect of modern art history. It also effectively showcases how Maeght’s personal approach to working with artists challenged time-honored boundaries between dealers and artists.

Stay tuned for details with an exact date for the APS Adult Conversation Night. And don’t forget to check out the exhibit, which is on display now through May 12, 2019.

 

 

 

 

APS Winter schedule survey

Due to overwhelming demand, Aux Petits Soins will be adding new classes next session to accommodate new students. And because there are no more evening slots available for me to teach, I will be adding these new classes during morning/mid-day hours.

However, I want to pick times that work best for you, the student, so I created this survey to help gauge when would be the best time for everyone. I know you’re busy, so I kept it short, but there’s room for other suggestions if you’d like to let me know of anything else I could do to improve your French learning experience.

Merci!

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Enrollment is now open for the Adult program, Ensemble™

The next 6-week session for the Aux Petits Soins Language Immersion Classes for Adults starts on Monday, Oct. 22. A full description of the program is available here. There are only two spots left:

  • Ensemble A (beginner) Mondays at 7:30 p.m. (one spot)
  • Ensemble B (intermediate) Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (one spot)

So who wants in?

At Aux Petits Soins, we use a specially developed teaching system – Listen. Absorb. Speak.™  – to help adults learn French the same way they learned their native language when they were children. With Listen. Absorb. Speak.™, a native French speaker leads conversations entirely in French in small classes (five students or fewer) focusing on the distinctive tonalities and phonemes of the language to help you develop an ear for it. This will allow you to quickly begin thinking in French, with word-building and sentence construction following soon afterward.

It’s a lot of fun and a great way to connect with the Francophiles and francophones in metro Lansing!

Cost is $150, with an annual fee of $25 per person which covers the cost of all teaching materials. It also counts as a one-year membership to Aux Petits Soins™, which gives you a full year of access to all APS groups (APS Book Club and APS Group Conversation), whether or not you’re still enrolled in an APS program.

 

FREE demo schedule

We can’t wait to see everyone. Join us this week for a FREE demo and learn more about our method, Listen, Absorb, Speak.

SCHEDULE

Friday, August 31:

Explorers I (6-18 mths) 10:30AM and 4:30 PM
Explorers II (18-36 mths) 9:45 AM and 5:15 PM
Explorers III (3-5) 11:15 AM and 6 PM

Saturday, September 1:

Day Trippers (birth-6months) 9:30 AM
Travel Bugs 10 AM

Registration is required as space is limited.

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C’est la rentrée!

Here is our newest Newsletter. In it, you will find:

  • Info about the fall session;
  • Info about our fall family events;

Click here to read it.

A very special Bastille Day!

Bastille Day is France’s National Day, analogous to Independence Day in the U.S. Its formal French name is la Fête Nationale, and is celebrated every year on July 14, commemorating a key moment of the French Revolution.

USA Today wrote an interesting piece in today’s paper: Bastille Day 2018: What you need to know about the French holiday, if you’d like to learn more.

And in case you missed it, this year Bastille Day falls on the same weekend France is playing the World Cup finals. I know, I know – most Americans don’t care about soccer, but in France, this is like having Super Bowl and 4th of July in the same weekend. This is huge!

By the way, if you’re interested in helping us cheer on Les Bleus (that’s our team, The Blues), follow this link for details about our family-friendly World Cup viewing party tomorrow, Sunday, July 15 starting at 10:30 a.m. We’ll have several TVs tuned into the game, kids activities and more.

 

Enrollment is now open for the Adult programs

The next 6-week session for the Aux Petits Soins Language Immersion Classes for Adults starts on Monday, July 9. A full description of the program is available here. To start the enrollment process, please fill out an enrollment form and pay online.

New students who sign up online should make at least a partial payment in order to save their spot. Returning students don’t need to take that step, but both new and returning students need to be paid in full by the first class.

Please remember that there is an annual fee of $25 per person which covers the cost of all teaching materials. It also counts as a one-year membership to Aux Petits Soins, which gives you a full year of access to all APS groups (APS Book Club and APS Group Conversation), whether or not you’re still enrolled in an APS program.

Happy Music Day!

Today isn’t just the first day of summer — it’s also the French holiday Fête de la Musique,  or “World Music Day.” All over France, there will be free concerts performed by professional and amateur musicians alike who will take advantage of today being the longest day of the year to fill the air with music covering all genres. These planned and impromptu concerts are held in theaters, bars, parks and street corners.

Article: “Fête de la Musique: What you need to know about France’s biggest street music party.

And what better way to start summer vacation right here in Lansing than with a special day full of exuberant, music-making fun? This Sunday, Aux Petits Soins will host our Second Annual Music Festival. For two hours, we will transform the Aux Petits Soins classroom into a music and dance studio, with a range of musical instruments for the kids to play, a craft table, new French tunes to learn and more.

Space is limited to 15 kids, so make sure to reserve your tickets today. For details and more information, check out the event page on our website, or call (517) 999-7277. Ticket can be purchased online or in person at Aux Petits Soins during our business hours.

It’s time to enroll!

Enrollment is now open for our three Explorers programs this summer, aimed at kids between the ages of 6 months and 5 years old. The program starts on July 9 and will last six weeks. Summer can get busy, so we mix up our syllabus a little bit more to be more flexible to everyone’s schedules. You can choose to enroll for the full session or purchase individual classes. To enroll, please fill out an enrollment form then pay online.

SUMMER SCHEDULE:
• Explorers I : 5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. on Fridays
• Explorers II: 5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. on Fridays
• Explorers III: 5:15 p.m on Mondays and Thursdays

New this summer!!! Kids 5-12 can join our first Summer Camp. To register, please fill out the registration form, then pay online.

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