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Simon Says

July 23, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

A great way to practice commands is by playing simon says. You can say Simon dit… (Simon says…) then you can add a multitude of commands. Simon dit sautes! (Simon says jump!) Simon dit touches tes chaussures! (Simon says touch your shoes!) Arrêt! (stop!)

There are endless possibilities for this game. You can review eveything they have learned in French so far. You can practice colors by saying Simon dit touches quelque chose bleu. (Simon says touch something blue.) Or you can practice numbers, Simon dit sautes trois fois. (Simon dit sautes trois fois.)

Like other activities, keep it fun and entertaining for your kids. If you feel your commands are a bit hard for them and they are confused, feel free to whisper the translation in English. You don’t want your kids to get a bad taste in their mouth from French.

Simon Says

July 23, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

A great way to practice commands is by playing simon says. You can say Simon dit… (Simon says…) then you can add a multitude of commands. Simon dit sautes! (Simon says jump!) Simon dit touches tes chaussures! (Simon says touch your shoes!) Arrêt! (stop!)

There are endless possibilities for this game. You can review eveything they have learned in French so far. You can practice colors by saying Simon dit touches quelque chose bleu. (Simon says touch something blue.) Or you can practice numbers, Simon dit sautes trois fois. (Simon dit sautes trois fois.)

Like other activities, keep it fun and entertaining for your kids. If you feel your commands are a bit hard for them and they are confused, feel free to whisper the translation in English. You don’t want your kids to get a bad taste in their mouth from French.

Games, Games and More Games!!!

July 20, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

I’m not sure about your kids, but my daughter cannot get enough of games during the day. Any game you have that is in English you can change to French. Candy Land is a great game to teach colors. Any matching card game you have can teach whatever is on the pictures. Or you can create your own. Uno can be used to teach numbers. Go Fish can be used to teach numbers. Yahtzee can be used to teach numbers or/and colors depending on the version you are using. Guess who is a family favorite of ours which you can teach a multitude of words.

You can also do simple written games for kids who are at the reading level such as hang man or a home made version of pictionary. Like I’ve said before a simple wipe board can do wonders for a French lesson.

Enjoy!

A game for teaching body parts…

July 17, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: game learn french body parts

After you have taught your children body parts, try this game as a review.

On a wipe board, draw a person with all of the body parts you have taught. Point to a body part and ask them what it is. If they are correct erase that body part. If they are wrong leave it there. Continue with all of the body parts until you have erased the entired person.

The kids will find it amusing when the person is completely gone from the wipe board and they will be very proud of themselves (as they should be!).

GOLD!!!!

July 16, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: gold money learn french kids children

Kids are motivated by money, but don’t worry you don’t have to give them all of your money. I know you give them enough as it is. However, they are also motivated by play money and fake gold coins. Here is a French vocabulary game that my kids adore.

First we cut out gold coins from construction paper. They can write numbers on them if they like and practice their French numbers. Then after the gold coins are finished, Mom (or Dad) gets all of them. But not for long…. Here is where the fun begins. Ask your kids what different words are in French, then for each one they get correct, they get a gold coin.

For more advanced students you can even take away coins if they miss one, but I don’t do that with my kids (yet).

To make the game more authentic you can use this French phrase when asking the question:
“Comment dit-on “apple” en français? (How does one say apple in French?)

Une Voiture Bleue! A Blue Car!

July 15, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: teach kids french children resources

In French usually the adjective comes after the noun. One way you can teach the diffent noun/adjective order in French to your child is to use a wipe board. You can draw a noun first like a une voiture (car) then afterwards you can draw a blob of the color like bleu(e) (blue). Then you can teach them une voiture bleue (blue car). Here is an example:

(As you can tell you don’t have to be an artist to get the point across to your child.)
Once that clicks you can add a few more words and in no time your child will be saying sentences. You can teach them ‘J’ai” (I have), then with the part they learned above they can now say: “ J’ai une voiture bleu.”

*Please note, it is useful to teach them the article (le, la or une, un) with the noun so that they will remember the two together. This will make things easier in the future.

Une Voiture Bleue! A Blue Car!

July 15, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: teach kids french children resources

In French usually the adjective comes after the noun. One way you can teach the diffent noun/adjective order in French to your child is to use a wipe board. You can draw a noun first like a une voiture (car) then afterwards you can draw a blob of the color like bleu(e) (blue). Then you can teach them une voiture bleue (blue car). Here is an example:

(As you can tell you don’t have to be an artist to get the point across to your child.)
Once that clicks you can add a few more words and in no time your child will be saying sentences. You can teach them ‘J’ai” (I have), then with the part they learned above they can now say: “ J’ai une voiture bleu.”

*Please note, it is useful to teach them the article (le, la or une, un) with the noun so that they will remember the two together. This will make things easier in the future.

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