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Making Gingerbread men to teach body parts in French

May 05, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

One fun way we teach the body parts in French to our kids is by making Gingerbread men (and women). You can review the body parts in French as you make them and then your kids ‘test’ can be eating off the body parts and telling you what they just ate after they are cooked.

It’s a very fun way to teach and the rewards are plenty. My son just laughs so much when he eats off the ‘tête’.

Some phrases you can learn are:
“Je vais manger…” I am going to eat…

“J’ai mangé…” I ate…
“Je mange…” I am eating…

Here’s a recipe that I found for gingerbread cookies from,1710,155181-252195,00.html


1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. dark molasses
1/4 c. water
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
2 1/2 c. all purpose flour

Beat sugar, shortening, molasses and water in a large bowl on low speed until blended. Beat on medium speed 1 minute. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, 1 to 2 hours.

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Sprinkle counter top with flour; turn dough onto surface. Roll dough with a rolling pin until 1/4 inch thick. Cut with gingerbread man cutter.

Lift cookies carefully with a large spatula onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Decorate cookies with raisins (optional). Bake until set 8 to 10 minutes. Let cookies cool 3 minutes, then carefully remove from cookie sheet with a spatula.

Cool and decorate with frosting if you like. Makes about 1 dozen cookies.

Flip Flop French Workbook with CD

May 04, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

I’m having a blog sale!

I’m selling the Flip Flop French Workbook (which I co-authored) for only $15 which includes a CD and FREE SHIPPING (in the US and Canada)!!! It sells for $25 on Amazon.

I have limited supplies, so use the buy now button on the right-hand side before I run out.

(I am trying to make room for my latest French workbook that is coming out in a few months! More details to come…)

Quebec culture – food

May 03, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

What to throw in some Quebec culture while you teach your kids French? If so, one way to introduce them to the culture of Quebec, is through food. A popular dish from Quebec is Poutine. Basically it is French Fries topped with gravy and melted cheese curds. Not the healtiest of dishes, but it sure tastes good.

Another dish is called Tarte au Sucre or sugar pie. Here is the recipe:

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 unbaked 9 inch pie crust

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
Mix brown sugar, cream, and flour together in a mixing bowl until smooth. Pour the filling into unbaked pie crust
Bake for 30 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

I found this recipe on

Here’s another version that has walnuts:

Another way to learn French vocabulary…

May 02, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

A few days ago I wrote about having a French word wall to introduce new French words. Another way to introduce French vocabulary is to label objects in your hours. What we do is we pick a theme and label those objects for 2 weeks. We don’t label too many things or the kids get overwhelmed. My daughter likes to have the things labeled in her room. So we labeled her bed as le lit. Every night before we go to sleep she points to the little note card and says ‘Le lit, le lit!’ It’s very cute.

As for the themes, you can have colors, furniture, toys, kitchen objects, bathroom items, the options are limitless. Whatever you are studying that week you can label. I would suggest to only label about 10-15 things at a time. When you are ready to label new items, then you can removed the old labels and review them at the same time. You can even make a game out of it and tell your kids to go find the ‘le lit’ label, etc.

What about parents who don’t know how to speak French?

May 01, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

Lot’s of people would like to teach their child a foreign language but they don’t know how to speak one themselves. Why not learn with your child? You can learn basic vocabulary together with the aid of websites and books. Don’t worry about pronuncation because there are websites that have recorded pronunciation of words in case you need it.

When you feel like you’ve gotten to a point that you want to learn French as an adult, you can get Pimsleur French from your local library to try it out. There is also which is a free online language website where you can learn several different languages. It’s a great start for adult or teen language learners.

The more you learn, the more you can teach your children.

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