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French with kids! A step-by-step guide to learning through taste

Let’s take a multi-sensory approach to learning when teaching a new language!

You learn language through MEANINGFUL and DAILY interactions. That is how you learned your first language and that is how you will learn your second language.

For any family dynamic, monolingual parents ‘teaching’ their baby a second language, bilingual parents striving to increase exposure to their home language or mixed heritage parents raising their child in a mixed language environment – quality and quantity is KEY!

For babies and kids that means – fun, engaging natural interactions.

So grab some fruit, sing ‘Pomme de Reinette’ to set the scene (check out YouTube or ask me!) and try out this fun idea to eat and learn at the same time. A winning combo!

See my fun activity here

If you liked this – check out this French kids vegetable poster

 

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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:

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With minimal effort you will:

  • build French expressions into your routine
  • learn 3 French songs together via free MP3s
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  • discover that learning a language need not be a chore
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Language Activities for Preschoolers: Free MP3 Bateau sur l’eau

How do I incorporate French into my preschoolers daily routine?

I always say, keep it simple and have fun!

This song is one of our favourites at the Mini French sessions! It is an easy song to sing at bathtime. Or use this activity to add your own twist at home. It will challenge gross motor skills and make the song words meaningful. PLUS the kids have fun and you get two minutes of peace! All you need is a cardboard box… check the full activity here.

Download FREE Mini French MP3 here!

 

Bateau sur l’eau, 

La rivière, la rivière.

Bateau sur l’eau,

La rivière au bord de l’eau!

Le bateau a chaviré,

Tous les enfants sont tombés!

Plouf! Dans l’eau!

 Translation

Boat on the water, 


The river, the river.


Boat on the water, 


The river on the waterfront.

The boat has capsized, 


All the children have fallen,

Splash! In the water!

 

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Pass the time with FROZEN in French! Karaoke!

J’adore la neige! I really do love snow and the cosy feeling of being indoors after some fun activities in the cold. I like the excitement of seeing a blanket of snow when you wake up one morning, all crisp and inviting.

I like a week of snow a bit less.

Especially when you (or a nation) were not all that prepared for it. I like hot chocolate (un chocolat chaud!) but it is hard to make when you have run out of milk and your children (despite being half French) refuse UHT milk.

So what to do…


Learn the French version of “Let it Go” from Frozen – of course! Some bright spark has added the French lyrics to a video on YouTube and I have provided a full translation below.

In France we call it the Queen of Snow: “La Reine Des Neiges”. The song is called “Liberée, Delivrée” (Translation: Liberated, Freed – note the ‘ée’ at the end of each word as a girl is singing.)

Watch here WITH FRENCH LYRICS!

FROZEN KARAOKE!

Here is the translation in case you would like to know what you are singing! My two older boys pretend not to like Frozen but they still watch and laugh with Mummy and ‘Baby Destroyer’ (their 2 year old sister) as we (don’t) hit the high notes. Give it a go! I am sure the nighbours will understand.

L’hiver s’installe doucement dans la nuit – The winter sets in gently in the night
La neige est reine à son tour – The snow is queen, it is her turn
Un royaume de solitude – A lonely kingdom
Ma place est là pour toujours – My place is there forever
Le vent qui hurle en moi ne pense plus à demain – The wind screaming in me no longer thinks about tomorrow
Il est bien trop fort – It is too strong
J’ai lutté, en vain – I tried to fight it in vain
Cache tes pouvoirs, n’en parle pas – Hide your powers, don’t talk of them
Fais attention, le secret survivra – Be careful, the secret will survive
Pas d’états d’âme, pas de tourments de sentiments- No conscience, no agonising over feelings
Libérée, délivrée – Liberated, freed
Je ne mentirai plus jamais – I will never lie again
Libérée, délivrée – Liberated, freed
C’est décidé, je m’en vais – It is decided, I am leaving
Et me voilà ! – And here I am
Oui, je suis là ! – Yes, I am here
Libérée, délivrée – Liberated, freed
Le froid est pour moi, le prix de la liberté – The cold is the price of my freedom
Quand on prend de la hauteur – When you rise up
Tout semble insignifiant – Everything seems so small
La tristesse, l’angoisse et la peur – Sadness, worry and fear
M’ont quittées depuis longtemps – Left me a lobg time ago
Je peux enfin respirer dans ce désert de neige – I can finally breath in this desert of snow
Adieu le printemps et l’été – Goodbye to autumn and spring
Je préfère mes sortilèges – I prefer my spells
Libérée, délivrée – Liberated, freed
Je ne mentirai plus jamais – I will never lie again
Libérée, délivrée – Liberated, freed
C’est décidé, je m’en vais – It is decided, I am leaving
Et me voilà ! – And here I am
Oui, je suis là ! – Yes, I am here!
Libérée, délivrée – Liberated, freed
Le froid est pour moi, le prix de la liberté – The cold is the price of my freedom
Ici je vis la vie que j’ai choisie – Here I live the life I have chosen
Je suis partie pour reconstruire ma vie – I have left to rebuild my life
C’est dit, c’est ainsi – It’s said, it is thus
Libérée, délivrée – Liberated, freed
Je ne mentirai plus jamais – I will never lie again
Libérée, délivrée – Liberated, freed
C’est décidé, je m’en vais – It is decided, I am leaving
Me voilà ! – And here I am
Je suis là ! – I am here!
Libérée, délivrée – Liberated, freed
Le froid est pour moi le prix de la liberté – The cold is the price of my freedom
Libérée ! – Liberated!
Libérée, délivrée, oh ! – Liberated, freed, oh!
Délivrée – Freed!

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Sing and craft! Le grand cerf!

One of our favourite songs in Mini French – it features on one of our CDs – is Le Grand Cerf about a “big deer’ in his house when a rabbit knocks at the door!

Plenty of good vocabulary (grand, maison, dans, regarder…). Find it on YouTube then: watch, sing and craft the characters! this brings the words to life and aids learning and retention plus it is fun to spend time doing an art and craft with your little one!

I am a fan of keeping languages learning simple and achievable. Have a look at this craft activity which has templates for making little puppets.

Le Grand Cerf Puppet Craft

If your child is old enough then, with a bit of help, they can do this themselves. If you have a baby, consider making the puppets and have a Mini French session at home.

If you have any questions or are looking for further ideas – feel free to get in touch!

11 Fun French Videos

So there are lots and lots of French cartoons and videos for kids on YouTube etc… But sometimes you end up filtering through lots of rubbish until you find something useful. Dyan at the blog “AndnextcomesL” has put together a nice selection for you to check out!

11 Fun French Videos

I have some favourites of my own too and will post about them soon…!

Have fun!

CHILDREN SONGS FRENCH

Songs at home!

Bonjour!

At Mini French we love singing! It is fun, it takes the pressure off speaking out loud in a group and it helps to remember the words but did you know it is based on research?

Research from the University of Edinburgh found that people who sang words or short phrases from a foreign language while learning were twice as good at speaking it later.

On that note check out “Les Clipounets” – children’s songs with simple videos. Here is a link to their official YouTube channel. My kids love them!

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