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Spring and French Language

March 30, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Learn French spring

The weather is getting nicer and nicer and now is the time to take a nature walk and use the blooming flowers to increase your children’s French vocabulary. If you haven’t studied French in a long time or if you are learning French with your children, you can take a little pocket dictionary with you on your walk. This way if they point to something and ask you how you say it in French, you’ll be prepared.

Here are some useful French Springtime vocabulary words:

Spring – le printemps
flower – la fleur
grass – l’herbe
tree – l’arbre
butterfly – le papillon
Smell! – Sens!
Look! – Regarde!

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!

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
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.

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