Our mission is to inspire children to love learning and speaking French.
We achieve this by enabling them to practise in a fun and compassionate environment with kindred fellow learners.
The KIN Method
We believe children learn best through DOING, especially languages – through activity, new words and phrases naturally take on meaning and become fixed in the memory. Our native French-speaking teachers instil fundamental structures and forms in a predominantly nature-focused setting. The children use them repeatedly throughout numerous themed activities – all the while enjoying a fun-filled adventure with new friends!
The Fialeix estate comprises 35 acres of countryside in Dordogne in the heart of SW rural France. The secure grounds consist of wild pastures, woodland, a Medieval courtyard garden and vegetable plot, atelier, apiary and ancient ruins, all of which offers a rich learning environment for the senses.
Activities include gardening, animal care, cooking, craft, music, games and exercise outdoors, with the program varying day to day. Regular stints in our forest school keep children in touch with nature whilst learning and improving their French.
Core language structures are used over again in each new project, reinforcing communication ability while introducing new vocabulary. The language camp is designed to complement your child’s academic schooling, focused on developing the courage to speak by using the building blocks for creating and engaging in conversation, whatever their level.
Kindness, compassion to each other and mindfulness – kinship!
Oaks, elms and other ancient hardwood trees abound, and the ruins of a 10th Century chapel await the children’s discovery
Preparing meals, trying new tastes and having fun in the kitchen – all in French!
Arts & crafts held in the Medieval atelier and using many natural materials
Looking after what we’ve inherited, the nature around us and ourselves within it
“Quand tu veux construire un bateau, ne commence pas par rassembler du bois, couper des planches et distribuer du travail, mais reveille au sein des hommes le desir de la mer grande et large.”
“If you want to build a ship, don't begin by gathering wood, cutting planks and assigning tasks, but rather awaken in man’s heart the longing for the endless immensity of the sea.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of ‘The Little Prince’