Sep 16

How I got my kids to (finally) start speaking in French


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I wrote last summer about how my biggest challenge in raising bilingual kids is getting them to actually speak in French. There is no question that they understand it. They also read it very well, and my oldest does a … Continue reading

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Sep 09

5 tips for keeping your language skills sharp

I recently had a reader ask me this question: How do you keep improving and challenging yourself in French and expanding vocabulary? So, here we go – my top 5 tips for keeping your own language skills sharp. Note that … Continue reading

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Aug 31

French activities and resources for learning about birds (activités pédagogiques oiseaux)

Over the summer, we spent quite a bit of time talking and learning about birds while speaking French. My primary goal as always was language-learning, but the kids also learned a lot about birds, which was a bonus. Granted, they … Continue reading

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Aug 24

Top 10 tips for teaching French to your kids when you aren’t French yourself

photo credit: Falcon Photography, Flickr 1)  Accept it: You’re not French. That’s ok. Yes, from a language learning perspective, it would be better if you were Francophone. But you aren’t and you can’t change that. Move on. 2)  Don’t sweat … Continue reading

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Aug 14

Envolée’s Ma grammaire en couleur – product review (critique)

I was looking for something to help my kids to learn and remember some grammar facts – particularly whether certain words are masculine or feminine. Ma grammaire en couleur by Envolée makes this process interactive and (dare I say it) … Continue reading

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Aug 05

Learning French with butterflies (activités d’apprentissage – papillons)

Butterflies are such a fun subject for kids. Even though we’ve studied them in depth before in English, we recently spent some time discussing them again – this time, in French.     Favourite books: A caterpillar who gets left … Continue reading

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Jul 16

Learning about penguins (activités d’apprentissage – manchots et pingouins)

I’ve realized over the last few months that animals are great to teach/learn in French because: a) the kids really like them, b) they already know a lot about the subject just from observing their world, and c) the ideas … Continue reading

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Jul 06

French Club: Worms, worms, and more worms! (activités d’apprentissage – les vers)

The gardening season in Canada is super short, but we love our summers while they last. So, a few weeks ago, we decided to have some fun with worms during our French club. We started with worm obstacle courses. My … Continue reading

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Jun 18

French Club: Clouds (activités d’apprentissage – les nuages)

Clouds were the theme at our French club this week. We started off with a relay race. I split the kids into 2 teams of 4 children. Each team had 4 styrofoam cups that I had decorated with hand-drawn & … Continue reading

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Jun 12

Finding French teaching support

What do you do when you need some outside help for your kids to learn French? If you live in a French environment, great. But for those of us who don’t, what can we do? Summer day camps – ‘tis … Continue reading

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