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Baby Words French _Infographic

Baby Words in French

 

Baby Words French _Infographic
Baby Words French _Infographic

So what is funny is that I often have parents in class who have very decent French – some could even read ‘Le Monde’ newspaper or watch the French news… but they do not know how to speak to little kids 🙂

In this infographic series, I will provide fun and useful words for speaking to your child.

Enjoy x

Bingo French counting

Step-by-step method for counting in French with your preschooler

Learning a language together is all about simple steps. Just start somewhere! When you start to see results you’ll be spurred on to achieve more 🙂

Let’s start with counting in French. Below is a manageable home lesson plan to learn to count to 20 (or 10 if that is your child’s current counting level).

1. Start with singing numbers in French together

Music is a very powerful learning medium.

Here is a video from YouTube which I quite like… be warned it gets stuck in your head but that is the point!

At Mini French, we incorporate several counting songs into our sessions. One example is “Un, Deux, Trois  nous irons au bois” (1, 2, 3 we will go to the woods!)

2. Put counting in French into daily practice

As a parent, you will already be aware that children learn through ‘doing’. Here are three simple ideas:

Snacktime: Select a snack today which is made up of small parts i.e. grapes, raisins, crackers…Count them out into a bowl together. Grab a teddy. Count out a snack for teddy. Let your child count out the snack for you. You could add in “Miam! C’est bon!” (Yum! It is tasty!)

Walking: Pass the time and encourage your little one to keep up (!) by counting in French when you climb the stairs or are walking to the car or bus. I know a good song for this but I can’t give away all my secrets in one go… 😉

Shopping: Count the food as you place them in the trolley or at the checkout. This could lead on to learning fruit names. Download my fruit poster here.

This is also something you can ask your care provider to get involved in. Most adults can manage to learn to count in a new language and will relish the challenge! My childminder was delighted to speak in French a little when she looked after my youngest.

3. Play a counting game: bingo or a ballgame

Bingo: Remember that it can be hard for young children to verbalise new words so asking to point at words is easier. Download my bingo printable. There are three levels: ‘Niveau 1 – Niveau 3′. 

COUNT IN FRENCH PRESCHOOLER BINGO

Ballgame: Keep things moving! Children are very active learners and like to have hands-on experience. Grab a ball and kick or throw to each other and try to get to 20 (cheating is allowed!)


So there you have it, adding some small activities into your busy day can be very effective in giving your child a headstart in a language.

Positivity and encouragement are the main resources in your language teacher toolkit. This will boost your child’s confidence and have a snowball effect in their language learning. I see it happen ALL the time at class. Those parents who put in a tiny bit of effort at home through music or games will result in their children having a solid grasp of the foundations of a second language in their preschool years.

Fancy another activity? Check out my Learning Through Taste home lesson!

Felicity

 

Kids French poster les fruits

Free Kids French Poster: Les Fruits!

Another in the poster series

This time – fruit!

LINK HERE

Ideas for using:

Print and display in the house

Cut up into flashcards

Print two copies, cut up and play snap

Keep near the fruitbowl

Use as part of your shopping trip

Make up a fruit song – or find French fruit songs (hint: Pomme de Reinette…!)

 

how teach young child french

Take the 10-day Mini French challenge!

So you want to teach your child another language?

Believe in the power of languages and bilingualism? Know all about the amazing cognitive benefits learning another language could have for your child? BUT have a string of reasons why you just haven’t started a language with them yet? Or, you have started but need inspiration to keep going?

I understand.

As parents we have a lot on our plates and it is not easy unless you know how.

The time is now to start  a language with your child, baby or toddler

Any step towards incorporating some French into your day will help start your child set off on a wonderful journey towards language learning. It broadens their horizons and provides crucial mental stimulation in the early years.

And what if I told you it could be simple and fun? By joining this challenge you will receive:

  • a welcome email with further details on the challenge
  • a simple daily email for 10 DAYS
  • FREE printables & MP3s
  • a certificate at the end
  • a future monthly Mini French email with top tips & advice

JOIN THE CHALLENGE

With minimal effort you will:

  • build French expressions into your routine
  • learn 3 French songs together via free MP3s
  • enjoy simple activities at home with our free resources
  • discover that learning a language need not be a chore
  • spend stimuating time with your little one

What are you waiting for – it is all free and might just change your child’s learning forever!

JOIN THE CHALLENGE

And PLEASE let me know how you get on or if you need anything else! Always here to help – Felicity x

Free printable: Door signs!

Alert: language hack!

Find the time to add some French to your daily routine.

Here is a free printable from Mini French to learn the names of rooms in the house!

Keep it simple! Every little helps. Plus, the repetition of seeing and saying the words together once a day or even a few times a week will enable it to sink in.

Door signs not to your taste? Have a crafty afternoon of making them yourself with your little one.

IF YOU LIKED THIS, CHECK OUT OUR LIFT THE FLAP PRINTABLE

 

PLAY IN FRENCH

Let’s go to a restaurant! Bonjour Madame!

There is nothing better than taking time to really play with your child. Join them in their imaginary world by initiating a French restaurant game.

Use this simple guide plus printable menu to play restaurants! I love doing this with kids as they become so absorbed! A great moment to learn.

For older children you could print off the menu attached in this activity! Plus the restaurant sign!

See the PDF here

French bedtime routine!

Bonsoir!

Il est l’heure d’aller au lit! It is time to go to bed!

A little bit of French every day goes a long way! How do you build it into your routine? Here is a “Mini French Bedtime Chart” to support you as a parent in speaking a bit of French with your little one when you are winding them down for bed.

You can check pronunciation (but don’t get hung up on this!) using this resource:

https://www.howtopronounce.com

Print and stick on the wall! Bonne nuit! Goodnight!

Bedtime Chart

Always here to help!