When deciding whether to start a language with your preschooler, hearing from other parents can be very helpful. This post will answer lots of your questions and make you giggle as well!
This week I have a wonderful insight into the language learning journey of one of my Mini French families. Thomas has been enjoying Mini French sessions since he was two and his Mummy has kindly provided me with her thoughts and memories of this experience so far…
What is your background in French?
I studied French as part of my degree at university and my husband studied it at school. Neither of us have any French relatives or connections.
What were the main reasons that led you to think about starting a language with Thomas?
Firstly, I loved learning French at school and at university – it was always my favourite subject. It wasn’t just the language itself that I loved, but also learning about the culture and the things that make France so special. I decided to introduce Thomas to a second language in order to share this love of French and France with him.
Secondly, I think that it is so much easier to start learning a second language from a young age. The brain is just like a sponge – ready and willing to absorb everything that it comes into contact with. I didn’t start learning French until the start of secondary school, this was much too late – the earlier you start, the better.
What do you like about Mini French?
Thomas is continually learning lots of new things while having so much fun! He loves all the props that are used in each class and they help him so much in terms of remembering key words.
What does Thomas think about Mini French?
He absolutely loves it! Not only does he enjoy the classes themselves but he also loves singing the songs at home too. We can’t go out in the car now without a Mini French CD!
Has Thomas surprised you with any of his French knowledge?
He surprises me all the time with what he is quietly absorbing – from being able to count up to twenty, to knowing more animals than I ever knew before going to Mini French classes!
Has he ever done anything funny in French?
I have a lasting memory of walking past my parents lounge only to see poor Granny on the ground with Thomas on top of her merrily singing “Elle descend de la montagne a cheval” at full volume – poor Granny was being treated like a horse!
What is Thomas favourite French song?
Probably the one that he has just finished singing; he honestly seems to both know and love them all. If I had to pick one, it would be “Trois petits singes” as this gives him the perfect excuse to jump around on his bed for five minutes.
What are your aspirations for Thomas’ language journey?
I would love for Thomas to continue learning French for many, many years to come.
Did you think you would be able to help Thomas reach this level of French at this age?
Definitely not! Mini French has been a huge help; the classes are great fun and I find the other helpful resources, including the blog, extremely useful at reminding me to add a little bit of French to our everyday lives – it really does make all the difference.
What would you say to parents thinking of starting a language with their children?
Just go for it, you will be absolutely amazed by your child’s ability to pick up another language so quickly.
So there you go – I hope this post was helpful if you are wondering how to start a language with your preschooler!
Get in touch with any questions. Why don’t you start your wonderful journey today?