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Tips for teaching your children French

October 28, 2007 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

When you use Flip Flop French, make sure you don’t over do it. If your child/student gets distracted and starts looking around the room, or trying to get off their chair, it’s time to stop for the day. It’s best to get a routine going for when you practice French and use your Flip Flop French workbook, that way they expect it and eventually will look forward to their ‘French Lesson’. For my children and for the students I have taught in the past, I think that learning a new language is easier in the morning when they are fresh – about 10am. They are not yet hungry and not yet ready for a nap.

Also, remember that you can reinforce whatever you learned that day in your Flip Flop French workbook in other activities throughout the day and continue to reinforce it in the future. Use the French names for colors as much as the English names for colors. Perhaps you can use the French names for colors in the morning and then change to the English names for colors in the afternoon.

Try different things to motivate your children. You know them best…and as we all know all kids are different so try different things. If your 3 year old like cars, then focus on the colors of cars that day. However, if you 5 year old is really into trains (like my son), then you can play with trains while practicing French. He’ll never even realize that you’re trying to teach him something. Just find something that interests them and then run with it.

And most importantly have fun!!!!

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