Archive for March, 2011
Bande dessinée (also called BD) are comic books and are pretty popular here in France. My children and I like to read Smurfs (in French: Les Schtroumpfs). I’ve found that reading comics really helps to engage and teach my children many new vocabulary words. Reading in English helped our children to learn English, and reading in French will help our children learn French.
I recommend trying to find some French comic books on ebay, amazon or if you can’t find anything you like, drop me an email and I can find whatever you are looking for and mail it to you. I remember the frustration of finding good French materials in USA, so let me know if I can help!
Here’s a new worksheet I made to help your children learn fruit vocabulary in French. You can also print out the vocabulary words below and have them put the French word on the correct picture.
carrot – la carotte
strawberry – la fraise
banana – la banane
peach – la pêche
grapes – les raisins
cherry – la cerise
apple – la pomme
Making a quiche together with your children will accomplish many things at once. First, you will be making either lunch or dinner. Second, you will be helping your child to learn to cook. Third, you can teach them some French along the way.
You can go to allrecipes.com or another recipe website to find a great recipe!
Here are some vocabulary words that you can use in your lesson.
le fromage – cheese
le sel – salt
le sucre – sugar
le oignon – onion
Je cuisine – I cook
I have recently put together a zip file of French for Little Boys. It is a PDF of the cover and of the entire workbook. This way people who don’t live in the United States will have an easier time purchasing the workbook if they would like to so. Also, since it is discounted at only $9.95 for the e-book, it will make it more affordable for more people to enjoy with their children.
In order to purchase it, click the link below. The PDFs are hosted on e-junkie which will immediately send you an email with a link where you can then download the workbook. If you have any questions at all, please email me at ybatot @ yahoo.com.
I’ve always loved learning and teaching languages ever since I was a young girl. To me, learning a foreign language is fun and so rewarding. Here are the main three reasons why I’m teaching my children to learn French.
1. Age - Learning a foreign language when you are young is so much easier than when you are an adult or even in college. My children soak up the language like a sponge. Many researchers believe that you learn the ability to learn a foreign language after puberty, especially native-like pronunciation. So, now is the time to start teaching your children a foreign language.
2. Bonding - Even if you don’t know a foreign language yourself, you can learn along with your son. Pick a foreign language that you find useful or that interests you and run with it. Having this special time with you toddlers or young children will help you to bond together as a family.
3. Expanding their mind - As youngesters, they rarely think or understand what is happening around the world or even that there are people out there who don’t speak English. While you teach them a foreign language you can teach them about the different cultures and countries of the people who speak that language. You can cook new food together and have a great time learning about new and exciting things!
We’ve been reading a lot of books in French lately and my children have noticed how all of the animal sounds are written differently in French. I think it’s really neat how every language interprets and hears animal sounds so differently. Below is a list of French animal sounds that you can teach your children.
Are you just starting teaching your children their colors in French? Why not have a whole meal in the color you are trying to teach them? That way during the meal you can repeat the name of the color in French lots of times.
Orange – mandarin oranges, carrots, mac & cheese, cantelope, pimento cheese
Green – salad, bell peppers, zuchini squash, green beans
Red – red peppers, cherries, strawberries, strawberry ice cream, red beans
Yellow – corn, yellow butter bread, pinapples, bananas, noodles with a yellow cream sauce
Blue – blueberries (okay you’d probably have to cheat on this on and use some food dye)