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Animal Sounds in French!

March 20, 2011 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: teach kids french children


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.

Dog – ouah
cat – miaou
rooster – cocorico
turkey – glou glou
cow – meuh
bird – cui
duck – coin
pig – groin
donkey – hihan

Back to the Books!

August 30, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: teach kids french children

Hi everyone! I just got back from a great visit to Canada with my family. We spent most of our time in English speaking Ontario, but we did get to spend some time in French speaking Quebec. It was really cute to see my son walk up to “friendly strangers” to practice his French. He wasn’t fearful at all. It reminded me about how important it is to just dive right in and practice with anyone who is willing to practice with you.

Since we home school, I get to create my own curriculum and I’ve decided to do intensive French this school year. I’ll post any activities that could help you as well with your children. My children are 7, 5 and 2, so I’ll have activities for those ages which could be altered for older (or younger) children as well.

Award Certificate

April 14, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: teach kids french children, Uncategorized

A great way to award your little language learner for their hard work with studying French or Spanish is to give them an award or certificate. Sure you could go out and buy them a trophy and they’d be delighted, but they’ll probably be very happy with a simple certificate too.

Attached are 2 certificates that you can print out for your chidren (Spanish, French). You might think I used big words on the certificate, but when you read it to your child, you’ll see their eyes light up because those big words will impress them and make them feel extra special. You can also make your own if you’d prefer.

You can even print it out before hand and color it in so it looks more fancy. Then you can have a little award ceremony and have your whole family watch as you child receives their award from you!

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

April 16, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: songs, teach kids french children

One way my kids love to learn French is by singing songs in French that they already know in English, like Head, shoulders, knees and toes. There are a few different versions on the internet, the one I wrote here is an exact translation, so your kids won’t get confused. If you feel you have too many syllables just take out the et (and) and it should flow better.

Make sure to point at all of the body parts when you sing it!

Tête et épaules, genoux, et orteils, genoux et orteils.
Tête et épaules, genoux et orteils, genoux et orteils.
Yeux et oreilles et bouche et nez.
Tête et épaules, genoux et orteils, genoux et orteils.

Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose.
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.

How to teach sick children a bit of French…

April 07, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: teach kids french children

I have a house full of sick children, so used this opportunity to teach a little sick French vocabulary to my kids. You can try it too. Obviously if they are too sick you might want to sick to popping some DVDs in and changing the language to French, but if they aren’t too sick you can try to teach your kids these French phrases.

Je suis malade. I’m sick.
J’ai mal a la tête. I have a head ache.
J’ai mal au ventre. I have a stomach ache.

You CAN teach your kids French!

April 03, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: teach kids french children

I’ve given this pep talk to my friends so many times so I feel strongly about it. I believe that anyone can teach their kids a foreign language. With the way that books are designs today with the pronunciation guide next to the word, anyone can teach their child a foreign language and learn it themselves at the same time. Learning a language today with your kids could be such a meaningful experience and tons of fun!

So many people believe that you have to be a native speaker to give your children the proper accent, but as I have described in other posts, there are other ways to get that into your children’s lessons. And the most imporant thing is to give your kids the exposure to the language, any language. Any language learning you do now will help them with language learning in school when they are required to take it.

So, get a couple of good books and dive in. Most importantly have fun teaching your kids French or another language.

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