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Video tape your kids speaking French

April 06, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: learn french kids

This is something I had no idea would work as well as it did. It was my daughter’s idea. She wanted to be videotaped. She can be a ham. And I said sure, but after our French lesson. But, then it dawned on me, why not incorporate the 2.

She ate it up. And after she was done she wanted to watch herself over and over on the computer. I was going to post it here, but she made me promise not to let anyone see it. I’m not sure why since she likes to be the center of attention.

You can do this with your kids by practicing numbers, clothing, commands, Simon says, any lesson at all. After you play it back on your computer or TV, you will see your kids’ eyes sparkle because they are so proud of themselves (as they should be).

Playing dress up to learn French

April 05, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: clothing french learn kids

I found the cutest little web site that is very basic and easy to use for kids, but engaging as well. It is where you drag clothes onto a little girl and dress her up. Just like Paper dolls, but on the computer. You gotta love technology!

Here’s the link. When you use it, make sure your son or daughter practices their French while dressing up the little girl.

Here are some words that might be useful for this exercise:

un pull – sweater
un tee-shirt – T-shirt
un pantalon – pants
un jean – jeans
une jupe – skirt
une robe – dress
un chapeau – hat

O Canada lyrics in French

April 04, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Canada french kids teach

My kids are Canadian (as my husband is Canadian). They know O Canada in English, but we never thought to teach them the song in French. I found the lyrics on line and hopefully they’ll learn it soon. Even if you aren’t Canadian, it’s still a great opportunity to teach your children some French Canadian culture.


Ô Canada

Ô Canada!
Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux.

Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,
Il sait porter la croix.

Ton histoire est une épopée,
Des plus brillants exploits.

Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

Here’s a instumental YouTube video with the lyrics in English and French.

Using water play to learn French

April 03, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: water learn french

It may not be warm enough where you live to do this activity, but you can keep it in your back pocket to use in the summer.

Put all of your kids in their swimsuits and go in your background. Turn on your hose and using your thumb to make a stream of water. Then, you can give them French commands that the have to do in/on/under the water.

Here are some words you can use:

jump – saute
run – cours
go – va
under – sous
crawl – rampe
kick – donne un coup-de-pied

On the bridge of Avignon / Sur le pont d’Avignon

April 02, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: songs

I love singing French songs with my kids (even though I can’t sing very well). Kids are so receptive to songs!

Here is On the Bridge of Avignon / Sur le pont d’Avignon.

Sur le pont d’Avignon
On y danse, on y danse
Sur le pont d’Avignon
On y danse tout en rond

1 Les beaux messieurs font comme ça
Et puis encore comme ça.

Refrain

2 Les belles dames font comme ça
Et puis encore comme ça.

Refrain.

The site has other French songs and it has the music you can sing to as well.

Spring Break

April 01, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Family french children kids learn teach, Uncategorized

Spring Break is here and maybe it is time for you to take a little break too from teaching your children French. Take a few days to rejuvenate yourself. But, wait, you may not want to lose your momentum with your son’s or daughter’s progress in French.

Find some French videos on YouTube or watch a movie that you have using the French track. Disney movies usually have a French track. If you keep up this practice, you have have your kids ask to watch something in French. That’s a great feeling!

Also, if you don’t need a Spring break, don’t take it! Think about what works for you and your family and run with it!

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