Les Petites Marionnettes' main objective is to introduce children 3 to 6 years old to French language and culture through play-based activities. No experience with French learning is necessary as our class is based on an interactive format including French and English content. We provide fun and educational activities including songs, storytelling, puppet show, dance, arts and crafts and more!
A new theme is introduced each session. After each class, a summary of the content and links to additional resources are provided for parents who wish to engage in French-learning activities at home. Come join the fun en Français and make new friends along the way!
Fall matching game and art display
"A different language is a different vision of life" Frederico Fellini
Learning a second language at a young age played an important role in our lives and opened many doors for us both professionally and personally. We hope sharing our love for the French language and culture with young children in an engaging environment will spark interest for life long language learning.
We offer a family-friendly environment and encourage parents to participate in our activities in class or reproduce them at home.
Meet The Team
Pia hails from Chartres, France and has lived in Arlington, VA since 2009. She is a classically trained pianist and also has a background in theater and dance. She started the program in June 2019 with the help of Nairouz Medhi (another mom raising her kids bilingual) to offer an engaging French immersion option in Arlington for young learners. From 2010 to 2015, Pia worked at the Press Office of the French Embassy in Washington D.C where she helped promote the French language and culture with the organization of public events. She holds a Teaching French as a Second Language certificate from CAVILAM-Alliance française and uses her music background to develop engaging content. She enjoys singing French comptines with her two kids and never misses an opportunity to bake French pastries for goûter!
Linda is a French native from Marseille and a mom of three little boys. After a career in sales and business administration, she made a switch to early childhood education. She has provided quality care in a French immersion environment to children 0 to 6 for many years and is a captivating storyteller. Linda holds a Teaching French as a Second Language certificate from CAVILAM-Alliance française and also offers French private tutoring lessons for children and adults. She is well versed in French child-rearing techniques and has completed training in nurturing parenting as part of an Arlington community program.