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Tom-Tom et Nana and other French cartoons

October 19, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: French cartoons teach kids

Youtube.com has so many great French cartoons for your little ones to watch. If you type in the search ‘French cartoons’, a lot of different ones pop up. Tom-Tom and Nana is a cute one my kids are watching as I type this. There are also French versions of ones we have here like Pocoyo. Just type in the search the cartoon name in English and then put French, example “Pocoyo French” and you will hopefully find some cartoons that match what you are looking for.

French cartoons are a great way to immerse your children in French. It will really help them with their pronunciation and after awhile, they should be able to pick up some words or more, depending on their level.

Tom-Tom et Nana and other French cartoons

October 19, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: French cartoons teach kids

Youtube.com has so many great French cartoons for your little ones to watch. If you type in the search ‘French cartoons’, a lot of different ones pop up. Tom-Tom and Nana is a cute one my kids are watching as I type this. There are also French versions of ones we have here like Pocoyo. Just type in the search the cartoon name in English and then put French, example “Pocoyo French” and you will hopefully find some cartoons that match what you are looking for.

French cartoons are a great way to immerse your children in French. It will really help them with their pronunciation and after awhile, they should be able to pick up some words or more, depending on their level.

More Cookie Cutter Fun!

October 15, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

So, you have all of these plastic cookie cutters and you are tired of making cookies, now what? You can use the cookie cutters to do lots of activities in French, teaching the shapes and objects the cookie cutters represent, working on numbers, colors, or play vocabulary. Here are some ideas that my daughter likes to do with her cookie cutters that I turn into French learning activities:

Don’t have any cookie dough in your house and you don’t really want to make any from scratch? Make some pretend cookies with play-dough.
Trace the shapes on construction paper, cut them out and make a mobile. You can hang it up in their rooms so they can see all of the words their new French words they learned.
Look back to idea 1, but use clay. Add a little hole to the top of the shape before it dries, then paint them after they dry and you have just made some Christmas tree ornaments.
This one might be a little tricky, but you can trace them on the sidewalk with chalk as long as you have thin chalk and not the thick ones.
For older children, you can trace the shapes on felt and cut them out, sew them up and you have soft Christmas tree ornaments.

Any idea works as long as you remember to repeat the words in French while they are doing the activity. Repetition will really help your child learn and retain French.

Cookies!

October 14, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

My daughter likes to bake and so I thought I’d use her love of baking to teach her a little French. I went to Wal-Mart and I picked up one of those boxes of 100 plastic cookie cutters and some refridgerated cookie dough. Then, when we got home, we took out 10 of her favorite cookie cutters and as we made the cookies we learned the words in French. There were several groups like shapes, Halloween, Christmas, etc. She had a lot of fun and then over the next few days as we ate the cookies we practiced the French words again.

I spy something…

October 08, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: game teach french learn

Today I spent about 30 minutest playing I spy with my daughter in French. She really enjoyed it. If your kids are beginners, you can simply say: “I spy, with my little eye, something vert.” (green) However, if you want you can increase the difficulty you can, say: “Je vois quelque chose vert.” (I see something green.) It’s really a fun way to pass the time, while learning a little French.

Also, depending on where you play this game you can practice different types of vocabulary. In the kitchen, at the park, outside, in the bedroom, or even in the bathroom while they are taking a bath. Why not? Even if they don’t know the word and they say the word in English, you can say, yes, it is a ____ and change their English word to French.

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