Oct 16

French activities for the fall (activités d’apprentissage d’automne)

Here’s what we’ve been up to lately during French time in our house: Fall colours French club At our French club a few weeks ago, I divided a white board into 4 sections – brown (brun), orange (orange), yellow (jaune), … 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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Sep 16

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

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 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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