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Dust off those old picture books and put them to use!

March 21, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

Remember all of those old board books and picture books you read to your children when they were 1 to 2 years old? Break them out and put them to use again.

Lots of picture books have themes that you can use for your own French lessons. Perhaps you can find one for shapes, colors, opposites, etc. And then make a lesson with that book as the basis.

If you are learning French along with your child, you can have a little cheat sheet with the words in French. They’ll never know and if they do know, they won’t care.

I think having your children see the pictures as they learn new words will help them to remember the words more. And you will put those old books to good use again!

Using Spring to learn French

March 20, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Learn French spring

My 2 year old is learning French and English at the same time, but he tends to use English much more often. English is his 2nd language because he was born in Taiwan. So, French is his 3rd language. I have to think out of the box in order to ‘trick’ him into practicing French with the rest of us. Today, we took a walk around the neighborhood and all of the beautiful azaleas were in bloom. He started to pick the ones up off of the ground that had fallen and I saw a great opportunity to get him to practice numbers.

I was carrying a plastic cup in my bag, so I let him use it to gather up the flowers. I helped to him count the flowers in French. When we were done collecting flowers and we went home he started to count the flowers by himself in French. He didn’t get too far and he looked to me for help, but he did try.

The lesson I learned today, is run with whatever is motivating your child at that time, especially younger children. And use the different seasons of the year to aid you!

French for Little Boys

March 18, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: workbook teach children french

I’m very excited to announce my new workbook for teaching French to little boys!

This French workbook is designed to target the obsessions of little boys: cars, trains, bugs, and more. You and your son will open the door to the French language while coloring trains, playing memory games with different types of bugs and racing his favorite toy car down an exciting race track full of obstacles. This workbook is created especially for parents who do not have any prior knowledge of French. You and your son can embark on a journey of learning a foreign language together. Everything you need is inside this workbook, including a pronunciation guide, dictionary and teaching hints.

Stay tuned to this website for a few samples pages that I will post later in the week. Please let me know if you have any questions. If you’d like to order a copy through Amazon, click on the store link.

Telling time

March 16, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: telling time in French

Telling time might be hard for preschoolers, but I have a 2nd grader and many of you may so you can use these activities for them and allow your preschoolers to watch. They will pick up a lot of it.

You can print out this clock, cut it out and use it to practice telling time with your children:

http://www.fi.edu/time/Journey/JustInTime/clock1.html

Also, if you have a real clock that has moving hands, you can use that and allow your kids to move the hands too so that they feel involved.

Lastly, here is a worksheet with different clocks and you can have them say outloud to you what time it is in French.

Telling time in French

March 13, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: telling time in French

Since you have to explain to your children that the time has changed due to DST, you might as well introduce them to telling time in French. 🙂

Here are a few of the expressions you’ll need to start teaching time.

Quelle heure est-il? – What time is it?
Il est une heure. – It’s 1 o’clock.
Il est trois heures et demie. – It’s 3:30.
Il est quatre heures et quart. – It’s 4:15.
Il est cinq heures moins quinze. – It’s 4:45.
Il est midi. – It’s noon.
Il est minuit. – It’s midnight.

Teacher your kids Alouette

March 11, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: alouette

Alouette is a great French song that you can teach your children. You can teach them the body parts as you sing the songs together.

Here are the lyrics:

Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai
Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai
Je te plumerai la tete
Je te plumerai la tete
Et la tete, et la tete
Et la tete, et la tete
O-o-o-o-oh
Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai

Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai
Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai
Je te plumerai le nez
Je te plumerai le nez
Et le nez, et le nez
Et le nez, et le nez
O-o-o-o-oh
Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai

Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai
Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai
Je te plumerai les yeux
Je te plumerai les yeux
Et les yeux, et les yeux
Et les yeux, et les yeux
O-o-o-o-oh
Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai

Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai
Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai
Je te plumerai le cou
Je te plumerai le cou
Et le cou, et le cou
Et le cou, et le cou
O-o-o-o-oh
Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai

Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai
Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai
Je te plumerai les ailes
Je te plumerai les ailes
Et les ailes, et les ailes
Et les ailes, et les ailes
O-o-o-o-oh
Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai

Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai
Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai
Je te plumerai le dos
Je te plumerai le dos
Et le dos, et le dos
Et le dos, et le dos
O-o-o-o-oh
Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai
Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai
Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai
Je te plumerai les pattes
Je te plumerai les pattes
Et les pattes, et les pattes
Et les pattes, et les pattes
O-o-o-o-oh
Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai
Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai
Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai
Je te plumerai la queue
Je te plumerai la queue
Et la queue, et la queue
Et la queue, et la queue
O-o-o-o-oh
Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette je te plumerai

I got the lyrics off of the following site. It also has the melody, so you can sing the song to music.

Egg Carton Flowers and practicing French

March 10, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Learn French spring

I remember doing this craft activity when I was little with my mother and sister. However, before we just did the activity as a craft activity. With my children, I do it as a French craft activity.

What you will need:
Egg carton
Scissors
markers
pipe cleaners

What to do:
1. Separate the individual egg cups by cutting each one apart with scissors. You may need to help your children with this part.
2. With your children, cut out little petals in the egg compartment. (You can practice French number here.)
3. Have your children color the cups with markers.
4. Push the pipe cleaner up through the middle of your flower. Bend it down in the middle of the flower so it stays in place.
5. Shape leaves out of the other side of the pipe cleaner and use the excess for the stem.

As you do this, you can try to incorporate as much French as you’d like. You can practice colors (when you children color the flowers), numbers (by counting the petals) or anything you would like your children to learn.

French Easter Traditions

March 09, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Easter learn teach kid

I did some research on French Easter Traditions and found lots of great information.

One Easter game that children play is they roll raw eggs down a slope. The person whose egg did not break is the winner.

Another game they play is to toss row eggs into the air. The person whose egg breaks first is the loser.

Poisson d’Avril means April fish. It’s chocolate in the shape of a fish. Children eat them in French throughout the month of April. They also have chocolate bells which symbolize the real bells that are rung on Easter Sunday for the Resurrection of Jesus.

Maybe you can incorporate some of these traditions in your family, though I’m not too sure about playing with raw eggs. 🙂

To read more about these traditions see:

Online French Games for Kids!

March 07, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: games learn french

I find it really hard to find good online French games for my kids. I did find two sites that I like. The first one has some games which are free and some you have to get a subscription for. Here’s a link to the free ones:

They have bingo, tic tac toe, songs and more.

Here is one from the comic book – TinTin. They have a few cute games you could play with your children.

If anyone has found other free online games please post a comment so we can all share them.

Playing “Restaurant”

March 05, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: eat learn french

You can play this at home or if you feel really up to it, you can do this at a real restaurant. What I like to do is I make something like a fruit salad with lots of different fruit. I also make a few other small things. I try to have lots of little food so my children can practice lots of different vocabulary words. I sit them down at a table and I pretend to be a waitress. (Really, I always am anyways, so that role is no different.) As they eat the different food, I have them say phrases like:

Je mange une fraise. (I’m eating a strawberry.)
Tu manges une orange. (You’re eating an orange.)

You can also play this with play food or with food they’ve colored and cut out. The key is to get them to practice different types of food words in French.
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