Oct 29

Fall schedule dump, successful gym classes and not-so-successful field trips

I’m noticing that the fall scrambles are hitting our household.  You know that feeling of having taking on too many activities and having no time left over for anything else?  In prior years, I have pushed through the feeling.  This … Continue reading

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Oct 23

French music for language learning and practice

One of the ways I’ve been trying to increase my kids’ French exposure lately is through music.  I’m aiming for about an hour a week while we’re in the car.  Starting with an hour means we have car time left … Continue reading

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Sep 29

French printable worksheets: a roundup of sources

Looking for worksheets? Here’s a bunch you may be interested in!  Many are from Canada, and others are from France and elsewhere.  Mostly free sources with a few paid ones clearly indicated as such. Canadian sources On this site If … Continue reading

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Sep 24

How much French practice is enough to be bilingual? (Plus our fall routine re-cap)

I’ve read before (can’t remember where) that in order to achieve true bilingualism, a child needs a minimum of 30% of their waking hours in the target language. If a child is awake for 12 hours each day, we’re looking … 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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Jul 27

Book review: Bringing up a Bilingual Child by Rita Rosenback

Bottom line: Worth the read, especially if you haven’t read any similar books before This book is set up to be read either straight through if you’re just starting out, or to be referred back to as children get older. … Continue reading

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Jul 11

In French this week…

It’s been crazy hot in Ontario this week, so we’ve been enjoying a lot of time outside in the pool. Hurray for summer! I’m super excited that my kids are finally starting to respond in French quite a bit throughout … 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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Jun 02

Review of edupad iTooch apps (Critique des apps iTooch d’eduPad)

Part of our French routine at home involves the kids spending 10-15 minutes per day on some kind of app or web site. Initially, we used apps that covered basic vocabulary expansion, but as the kids progressed, we started adding … Continue reading

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May 22

Prioritizing language learning

Ever feel like there are just too many things to do? Me, too. I find that when I’m running low on energy, speaking French to my kids is one of the first things that just drops off the radar. It’s … Continue reading

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