Dec 06

Christmas-themed French activities

Yikes – December snuck up on me! Here are some fun and easy French vocabulary-building activities you can do with your kids. Christmas Bingo in French (no parent French needed) This web site has a great printout for Bingo that’s … Continue reading

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Oct 23

Fun techie & mixer ideas for getting kids to speak in French

One of the activities we do to enhance the kids’ language ability is a weekly French Club.  The format for the club this year is to start with a vocabulary-building active/running game for the first 15-25 minutes, followed by a … Continue reading

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Oct 09

Thanksgiving-themed ideas for practicing French vocabulary

It’s Thanksgiving this coming weekend here in Canada. For those of you reading from elsewhere, you can save these ideas for later or adapt them to your own upcoming celebrations.  🙂 Group game Photo credit: Eric Schmuttenmaer, Flickr, used by … Continue reading

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Sep 27

French club: Obstacle courses, books, and pies (oh, my!)

We recently re-started our French club after a break for the summer. This session, we have 8 children ranging in age from 7-11. This is a great group size – big enough to do interactive group activities but not so … Continue reading

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Aug 14

Three helpful books on raising bilingual kids

Photo credit:  kirilhristov, flickr, used by Creative Commons license I love to read, especially on the beach. Our recent family beach trip was spent reading many books, including about 6 on bilingualism. I wish I had read them sooner! It … Continue reading

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Jul 18

The biggest bilingual challenge we’ve faced so far

Raising bilingual kids is hard. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it – mostly to remind myself. If I expect it to be hard, then I’m less likely to get frustrated and give up when it actually is. … Continue reading

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Jul 14

Sara Jordan’s Bilingual Songs CD set (product review)

This CD collection is my favourite for language learning. Each song introduces simple terms in a fun and memorable way. Best of all, the music is appealing for all ages! We borrowed the first two CD’s from the library and … Continue reading

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Jul 08

Book series: Sami by Mary Labatt

These books are great for teaching kids how to read in French and also for language development.  The text in each one is simple and the pictures are engaging. We used them for read-aloud books when my kids were 4 … Continue reading

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Jul 03

Book series: J’aime le français by Sylvie Monette and Cathia Riopel

This book series has 20 books with themes that follow the progression of the school year, including: En première année Mon sac d’école L’alphabet Bonne fête! L’Halloween Les couleurs La semaine Noël Les Saisons Les parties du corps   Les … Continue reading

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Jun 21

Our French immersion homeschool “curriculum”

French is certainly the most challenging part of our homeschool. Our goal for our children is bilingualism, which seems to be a very tall order for Anglophone parents. In spite of being fully bilingual myself, when it comes to figuring … Continue reading

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