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More Felt Doll Activities

March 29, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: clothing french learn kids, Uncategorized

My motto with homeschooling is to run with whatever works. What worked was the felt dolls. So, today I practiced listening comprehension with my kids. I told them how to dress the dolls in French and then they had to dress the dolls correctly.

We also reversed this and they had to tell me how to dress the dolls in French. I turned my back so that they couldn’t see what I was doing. It made it more fun for them to see if mom would get it right.

Then, when daddy got home from work, we let him join in the action. A simple, yet very effective way to teach French clothing words.

You can also do this with felt faces and different color eyes, mouths and hair.

Dust off those old picture books and put them to use!

March 21, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

Remember all of those old board books and picture books you read to your children when they were 1 to 2 years old? Break them out and put them to use again.

Lots of picture books have themes that you can use for your own French lessons. Perhaps you can find one for shapes, colors, opposites, etc. And then make a lesson with that book as the basis.

If you are learning French along with your child, you can have a little cheat sheet with the words in French. They’ll never know and if they do know, they won’t care.

I think having your children see the pictures as they learn new words will help them to remember the words more. And you will put those old books to good use again!

Parts of the head in French!

January 07, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized


We all like teaching our babies/toddlers their parts of the head when they are about 1 or 2 years old. Why not do it in French with your toddlers or older kids. You can ask them questions like: “Où est la tête?” Then you can show your child that “la tête” means head by pointing to your head or their head.

Here are a few more head/face words in French:

les cheveux – the hair
les yeux – the eyes
le nez – the nose
l’oreille – the ear
la bouche – the mouth
la dent – the teeth

Making snowflakes, using French!

January 03, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

We are getting back in the swing of homeschooling today. The first thing we did was we cut out a few snowflakes and with every snip of the scissors we counted in French. There isn’t much snow here in South Carolina, so the kids really enjoyed this exercise. You can take this to different levels by using the verb to cut – “couper”.

Afterwards, you can hang up all of the snowflakes on the walls or better yet, hang them from the ceiling!

If you don’t know how to make paper snowflakes, visit: http://highhopes.com/snowflakes.html

Here are a few pictures from our lesson:

Happy New Year! Starting out the New Year Learning French!

January 02, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

Happy New Year! Now is the time to set some teaching goals for your child and you for learning French. Do you want to spend 15 mins a day teaching your son or daughter? 1 hour? Whatever you decide, try it out and see if it works out, then you can adjust it if you want more time or less. For me, the best thing is to set a goal and work towards it!

Attached to this blogpost is a calendar for January. Print it out and use it to track your child’s progress. You can have your child put a sticker for each day of the week that they study French. While they are doing this, they can also learn the days of the week in French. Notice that you don’t capitalize the days of the weeks or months in French. In order to print it out, double click it and it will open into a new window, then you can print it out!

Have a great French-learning New Year!

French Clothing Vocabulary

December 22, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

If your daughter has a doll or a barbie doll that has clothes is a great way to teach and reinforce clothing vocabulary. You can have your son or daughter change the clothes and practice all sorts of words. Here’s a list of some clothing vocabulary:

un manteau – coat
un blouson – jacket
un pull sweater
un tee-shirt – T-shirt
un pantalon – pants
un jean – jeans
un short – shorts
des chaussettes (f) – socks
des chaussures (f) – shoes
un pyjama – pajamas

Blast off!!!!

December 17, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

A lot of children can say their numbers in French from 1-10, but can they say them backwards? This is a great way to ensure that your child knows their numbers forwards and backwards. It’s a fun way to teach your kids numbers too!

If you have a rocket ship you can pretend it is going into space by counting down! If you don’t have one, you can make one out of an empty toliet paper roll and adding a little decoration to it!

10 – dix
9 – neuf
8 – huit
7 – sept
6 – six
5 – cinq
4 – quatre
3 – trois
2 – deux
1 – un
Blast off! Décollage!

More Cookie Cutter Fun!

October 15, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

So, you have all of these plastic cookie cutters and you are tired of making cookies, now what? You can use the cookie cutters to do lots of activities in French, teaching the shapes and objects the cookie cutters represent, working on numbers, colors, or play vocabulary. Here are some ideas that my daughter likes to do with her cookie cutters that I turn into French learning activities:

Don’t have any cookie dough in your house and you don’t really want to make any from scratch? Make some pretend cookies with play-dough.
Trace the shapes on construction paper, cut them out and make a mobile. You can hang it up in their rooms so they can see all of the words their new French words they learned.
Look back to idea 1, but use clay. Add a little hole to the top of the shape before it dries, then paint them after they dry and you have just made some Christmas tree ornaments.
This one might be a little tricky, but you can trace them on the sidewalk with chalk as long as you have thin chalk and not the thick ones.
For older children, you can trace the shapes on felt and cut them out, sew them up and you have soft Christmas tree ornaments.

Any idea works as long as you remember to repeat the words in French while they are doing the activity. Repetition will really help your child learn and retain French.

Cookies!

October 14, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

My daughter likes to bake and so I thought I’d use her love of baking to teach her a little French. I went to Wal-Mart and I picked up one of those boxes of 100 plastic cookie cutters and some refridgerated cookie dough. Then, when we got home, we took out 10 of her favorite cookie cutters and as we made the cookies we learned the words in French. There were several groups like shapes, Halloween, Christmas, etc. She had a lot of fun and then over the next few days as we ate the cookies we practiced the French words again.

A French Open House

September 17, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

It’s that time of year where schools have Open Houses so that the teachers can meet the parents and the teachers can show off their class projects. Why not have your own little French Open House? You can take all of your activities you’ve complete in the past few weeks/months and hang them all around the room. Then, when your spouse comes home, you can proceed to have your impromptu French Open House. This is a good way to get the other parent involved and get you your much needed approval. Well, at least for me, I really like the affirmation I receive from my husband when I’ve show him the projects we’ve been working on in our French school. And this French Open House will also help your child to see everything they have accomplished over the weeks and they can get extra praise from their other parent. Single mom or dad? No problem, have grandma, grandpa or a close friend over for a snack or dinner and then you have a captive audience. You can even have a French themed snack or dinner by serving crepes or even just a cheese tray. Your options are limitless.
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