French For Fun, Lafayette, California

French For Fun - Adult Education

We promote shopping in Lafayette and support local businesses, big and small, by incorporating shopping and field trips in our lessons plans!

La Boulange - Handlebar Toys - Whippersnappers

December 2010 - Les Tournesols, our kindergarteners, celebrated the holiday season by taking a nice stroll "en centre ville" (downtown) and enjoyed the beautiful holiday decorations at Whippersnappers (a unique boutique with distinctive gifts from around the world such as dolls, plush, pillows, quilts, boxes, jewelry, etc. - 3645 Mt Diablo Blvd, Ste B) and Handlebar Toys Store (a fantastic toystore with a wide range of unique toys - 3631 Mt Diablo Blvd).

They ended their field trip at La Boulange (, and enjoyed a "chocolat chaud avec un croissant ou un pain au chocolat." A great outing and a perfect living language experience!


Sienna Ranch
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Fall 2010 - Les Poussins (baby chicks) expanded their learning on farm and animals by visiting a local ranch right here in Lafayette. The children, parents and grandparents experienced hands-on learning by holding chickens, collecting eggs, feeding ducks, brushing goats, and grooming horses at the Sienna Ranch. The highlight of the field-trip was the tractor ride for the delight of our students!

Cotton Patch
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Fall 2010 - Les Papillons (butterflies) fluttered across the plain of lavender fields discovering the sights and smell of Provence. The children walked over to Cotton Patch to select and purchase Provence inspired fabric to create their very own sachets de lavande (lavender pillows).

Chevalier Restaurant
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Spring 2010 - Our middle-schoolers who had begun in our French program since preschool-age are continuing on to high school. To commemorate their accomplishments, we celebrated at one of our local French favorites, the Chevalier restaurant.

Lafayette Pet Shop
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Winter 2010 - The mystery on how birds live during the winter months in the Bay Area was solved by our pre-K students' visit to l'animalerie (pet store). Bird-seeds and grains were purchased to replenish bird-seed containers during the cold season.

Assistance League Thrift Shop
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Fall 2009 - La Saint François d'Assise, the patron saint of the animals, was remembered in our lesson plan for the month of October. Our pre-K students visited the local thrift store to add a few more stuffed animals to our vast collection.

Souvenir Boutique
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December 2009: Noël en Alsace. The community of French For Fun organized a Marché de Noël (a collaboration of several local merchants from the East Bay including Souvenir Boutique in downtown Lafayette), selling "French inspired" goods. This fundraising event helped our teacher's aide, whose family live in Guinea, fulfill a dream that otherwise would have been unfeasible.

Lafayette Gallery
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Spring 2010 - To incorporate the French language with visual arts studies, our students visited the Lafayette Gallery. Downtown Lafayette is a unique "quartier" with a European flair perfect for strolling and "lèche vitrines" (window shopping).

The Forge Courtyard

Spring 2010 - To learn about Monet and thoroughly feel his beautiful paintings requires experiencing the mind and heart of an impressionist. Since a trip to Giverny near Paris is far-fetched, we found a wonderful inspiring site right here in the heart of Lafayette for our session of peinture en plein air (outdoor painting): The Forge Courtyard. Here are our "artistes en herbes" in action!"

Trader Joe's
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Fall 2010 - Les Tournesols, our kindergarteners, became acquainted with painter, Vincent Van Gogh. An introduction to his birthplace, Holland, necessitated sampling some Dutch delicacies, so we walked to our local Trader Joe's store and bought the best Gouda, and even found cookies shaped like windmills!

Safeway Lafayette
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Fall 2010 - For Halloween, we incorporated an American tradition into our French lesson plan by weaving the song "le potager" (the garden) which narrates a sorcière (witch) made out of vegetables from Guadelope. An errand to our local Safeway store to pick up the légumes (veggies) helped in creating the figure you see here.


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3381 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, Ca 94549
Phone: 925.283.9822

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