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St. Patrick’s Day Worksheet – French Numbers

March 17, 2011 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: worksheets

Here’s a cute little shamrock worksheet I made for my daughter to help her practice her numbers in French. It goes up to 17 in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. If you want to have your child work on their handwriting at the same time, they can write the number of each shamrock as they count them in French.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

April Calendar in French

March 16, 2011 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Calendar may teach French kids

I trying to make these earlier than I have in the past, so that people can print them out and use them. If you’re like me you procrastinate, so doing this a few weeks early gives you a little procrastinate time built in! 🙂 I really find it useful to have these calendars on the fridge for the kids. They get to read the days of the weeks in French every time they look at it, which is often!

Songs to Teach Children French

March 15, 2011 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: song teach French children

If your children love songs as much as my children do, then using songs is a great approach to help your children learn French. I found this site, Mama Lisa’s World, that has a lot of great songs. It has the MP3 of the songs, plus English and French versions of both. Some even have game instructions. This one is my daughter’s favorite and the original text and MP3 can be found at this link:

À cheval sur mon bidet
Riding My Horsey
Chanson pour sauter sur les genoux
Children’s Song
À cheval sur mon bidet*(1)
Quand il trotte, il est parfait
Au pas, au pas, au pas, (2)
Au trot, au trot, au trot (3)
Au galop, au galop, au galop !(4)
Riding my horsey,
When he trots, he is perfect,
At a walk, at a walk, at a walk,
At a trot, at a trot, at a trot,
At a gallop, at a gallop, at a gallop.
Game Instructions

(1) Sit the child on your lap, holding his/her hands
and make him/her bounce as if riding a horse.

(2) Make a slow beat with your legs,

(3) Speed up the rhythm,

(4) End by a gallop!

French Family Member Vocabulary Worksheet

March 14, 2011 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: worksheets

Here’s a worksheet to help practice family member vocabulary in French. If your child can read, they can read the words themselves and then draw a picture of their family member. If they can’t read, you can read it to them and they can repeat you. Then, they can draw the picture. Try to have them repeat the family member word as they are drawing.

Family member vocabulary in French:

mother – la mère

father – le père

sister – la sœur

brother – le frère

me – moi

Easter Worksheet – French Numbers

March 11, 2011 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: worksheets

Hi everyone! This is a pretty simple easy French worksheet to use with kids from about 3 until 6 (or so, depending on the child of course). Have your child find 0 and then say the number’s name in French. Then, they can color the egg and draw a line to the bunny. They continue like this counting upward until they reach 10.

You can make variations as well by having your children cut and paste the eggs around the bunny or other scenarios like that.
I hope you like it!

Practicing Numbers in French while Making an Easter Bunny

March 10, 2011 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: worksheets

Here’s an easy Easter activity that you can do with your children while practicing French. All you need is some construction paper, glue and cotton balls, then you can improvise with whatever else you have and make a bunny. If you’d like detailed instructions, you can go here.

As your child glues the cotton balls onto the bunny shape, they can practice counting in French. Also, if you want to practice counting more, you can have them dip each cotton ball into paint before starting to glue and that way they can practice counting as well as their colors.

Happy Easter!

Frère Jacques

March 09, 2011 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: song teach French children

Songs are always a good way to teach children a foreign language and Frère Jacques is a classic song that you can teach in both languages. I found this website where I got the lyrics and it has a video of the song as well.

Frère Jacques,
Frère Jacques,
Dormez vous?
Dormez vous?
Sonnez les matines,
Sonnez les matines,
Din, din, don!
Din, din, don!

English Version:

Are you sleeping,
Are you sleeping?
Brother John?
Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing,
Morning bells are ringing,
Ding ding dong,
Ding ding dong.

Another great way to teach numbers in French!

March 07, 2011 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: numbers, practice french children teach

Here’s an easy way to teach numbers in French – just go outside and play hop scotch with your children. All you need is a side walk and some chalk. It’s as easy as pie. You can also change the rules and invent new ones. Just make sure every time your child lands in a square that they say the number in French. If you are just beginning to teach your children French, you can start by only going up to 5. The key is to tailor this and other activities to your child!

Here are the numbers 0-10 in French for your reference:

0 zéro
1 un
2 deux
3 trois
4 quatre
5 cinq
6 six
7 sept
8 huit
9 neuf
10 dix

Interesting Facts about the French School System

March 03, 2011 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Family french children kids learn teach

Now all of my children are happily attending school. Schools here are very different than the schools in the United States from my experience, which is quite limited. Here are some interesting facts that I’ve learned.

  • School is from 8:30-11:30 then the kids go home to eat and rest for 2 hours.
  • School starts back up at 1:30 and ends at 4:30.
  • There is a lunch program but you have to sign up for it at the mayor’s office and it’s usually for kids who have 2 working parents.
  • The gates of the school open up 10 mins early and then 10 minutes after school starts, they are locked and no one is allowed in. This has taught me to NOT be late!
  • In the 5 year old class, they start teaching the children how to write in cursive.
My 3 and 5 year old children go to a Maternelle School. It’s for kids from 3 years (cut-off is Dec. 31st) to 6 year olds. I made the mistake of carrying my son into school today and was told that he had to walk. I have to admit, I like that aspect of the school. I think it’s great for kids to learn to be independant.
My oldest son goes to a Primary School. This is for children from 6 years old until 11 years old.
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