Why French Immersion

Studies show that exposing your child to an additional language from a young age can benefit him or her for a lifetime of learning! The following articles are just a few of many boasting the amazing results bilingualism has on the brain's ability and capacity for learning many skills and subject matter; language skills are just the beginning!

Preschoolers who speak one language can usually recite the alphabet and spell their names but cannot read without the help of pictures. But bilingual preschoolers can read sooner because they are able to recognize symbolic relations between letters/characters and sounds without having having visual objects.
— Ellen Bialystok, Ph.D., of York University


"My daughter started Le Petit Jardin when she was 24 months and through familiar contexts she could understand French immediately. 

Within a few weeks she was speaking several words and attempting a nursery rhyme and two songs. Her French language acquisition is much like her English; she learns what she's interested in learning, and she associates French words with certain activities and practices them as part of her normal routine. 
Instead of a rigid curriculum, the entire language is available to her as she plays & interacts with Mme Ambi and the other children. 
We feel that she has an invaluable opportunity at Le Petit Jardin to learn French in an easy, natural, much more effective way."

Celeste - Parent of San Anselmo Campus Child


"My daughter has really thrived at Le Petit Jardin and we value the French immersion greatly. Amber is so good with her that she felt immediately comfortable there, engaging in all the activities and playing well with the other children.

When I come in to pick her up, she is always excited to show me the latest art project that she's done with Amber.

As she is our first child, we were nervous with leaving her in someone else’s care, but Amber has created such a warm, loving and stimulating environment that we feel very lucky to have her there."

Tara - Parent of San Anselmo Campus Child