Sep 12

Easy-to-use French art resources (ressources d’art en français)


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Hurray for French art resources!  One of the ways that we incorporate more French into our week is by combining it with other subjects.  Art is a fun one for this because it’s very hands-on, which is great for vocabulary … Continue reading

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Aug 05

Curriculum picks for 2016-2017 (all subjects)

I cannot believe I have a 6th grader and a 4th grader in the house.  Yikes.  I’m not sure where the time has gone!  Here are our curriculum picks for 2016-2017 for all subjects (unless, of course, I’ve forgotten something, … Continue reading

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Apr 19

French activities for Earth Day (activités apprentissage jour de la terre)

Spring is so busy!  We spent a month in San Diego, California and I feel like I’ve been scrambling ever since we got home.  We’ve been changing up our French routine a bit (for the better, I think), and I … Continue reading

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Jan 07

Learning French in January

Our activity load was really heavy this past fall. This was great and all, but I’m grateful for a January that has fewer things on the calendar! I had dumped a few things from our home routine a few months … Continue reading

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Nov 05

French e-books for kids: a roundup of sources

We rely on our local library a ton when it comes to getting French books.  My son and daughter each read a French book aloud most days.  I also read a few books aloud to them.  Then we have our … 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 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 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 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 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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