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3 Reasons to Teach Your Children a Foreign Language

March 23, 2011 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: teach kids french children resources

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!

Learning the rooms of the house in French!

April 17, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: teach kids french children resources

This works well if you have kids who can read (even if just a little bit). Write the words in French on big pieces of paper and tape them to the outside of each room. Everytime you and your children walk into a room, you can say the room’s name together in French!

Here are some names of rooms in French to get you started:
le bureau de travail -the office, study
la chambre – the bedroom
la cuisine -the kitchen
l’entrée -the hall
l’escalier – the stairs
le grenier – the attic
la salle de bains -the bathroom
la salle à manger – the dining room
le salon – the living room

Une Voiture Bleue! A Blue Car!

July 15, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: teach kids french children resources

In French usually the adjective comes after the noun. One way you can teach the diffent noun/adjective order in French to your child is to use a wipe board. You can draw a noun first like a une voiture (car) then afterwards you can draw a blob of the color like bleu(e) (blue). Then you can teach them une voiture bleue (blue car). Here is an example:

(As you can tell you don’t have to be an artist to get the point across to your child.)
Once that clicks you can add a few more words and in no time your child will be saying sentences. You can teach them ‘J’ai” (I have), then with the part they learned above they can now say: “ J’ai une voiture bleu.”

*Please note, it is useful to teach them the article (le, la or une, un) with the noun so that they will remember the two together. This will make things easier in the future.

Une Voiture Bleue! A Blue Car!

July 15, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: teach kids french children resources

In French usually the adjective comes after the noun. One way you can teach the diffent noun/adjective order in French to your child is to use a wipe board. You can draw a noun first like a une voiture (car) then afterwards you can draw a blob of the color like bleu(e) (blue). Then you can teach them une voiture bleue (blue car). Here is an example:

(As you can tell you don’t have to be an artist to get the point across to your child.)
Once that clicks you can add a few more words and in no time your child will be saying sentences. You can teach them ‘J’ai” (I have), then with the part they learned above they can now say: “ J’ai une voiture bleu.”

*Please note, it is useful to teach them the article (le, la or une, un) with the noun so that they will remember the two together. This will make things easier in the future.

Why blog about French teaching tips for kids?

April 10, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: teach kids french children resources

A lot of my close friends have asked me lately why I have a blog to help parents teach their kids French. My answer is because I have always loved the French language and I hope more people will teach their kids French.

My love of language occured at an early age. I remember going to the university library with my mom when she was working on her Masters Degree. I was about 12 years old and I wandered around the library. I came across some language books, at least one was French and some others were less known languages. I asked my mom to check them out and she did. I was glued to those books for weeks. Back then there were no other resources for learning a language so her University library was my only link. The local library in our town didn’t even have any language books. So today, I feel very fortunate to have so many resources in our town, library and on the internet that help me teach my kids French.

Another reason is that I think some times parents have an idea in their head about what they want to teach their kids, be it Teach French or Homeschool or whatever and before they try it they might search on blogs to see who is doing it so they can be pointed in the right direction. Why reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to? So if I can just even help 1 mother or father start in their quest to help their child learn French or any foreign language then I know that my blog was successful.

So have dive in and have fun teaching your kids French. They will appreciate it when they are older and probably even now!

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