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Language blogs round-up!

Apr 28, 2019

There is a lot of info out there on learning a language. And quite rightly so! It is one of the best skills you can have (in our humble opinion!) From language apps to blogs to forums – there is a lot to sift through. Good information on teaching children a language is a bit …

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Success at the Hoop Awards!

Apr 28, 2019

Over 100,000 votes were cast in the 2019 Awards to find the UK’s favourite kids’ activities and celebrate the people and organisations that go above and beyond to entertain, educate and inspire your children! Success in the Best For Learning Category We are delighted to announce that Mini Languages was successful in the Best For …

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Spotlight: What is the Montessori Method?

Mar 25, 2019

I love a psychology-based parenting book. Not fluffy celebs prattling on and giving their two pennies worth but real scientific findings in early years’ cognitive development. I am also fascinated with teaching strategies. I have tried and tested my own ideas and gauged responses from hundreds of children in my classes over the years. My …

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Why and how should I teach my child a new language?

Feb 19, 2019

Let’s face it being able to converse in a second language is pretty cool. It is also hugely practical when travelling and a great selling point on your CV. But is that it? Well actually… research has revealed that the impact on the brain is the most fascinating part. It has been proven to boost …

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French kids don’t ​throw food

Jan 28, 2019

France is often cited as the gastronomic capital of Europe, if not the world. Did you know that French cuisine has even earned a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List? And who could argue? It is fair to say that the French take their food pretty damn seriously. From personal experience, the most striking …

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Baby Words in French

Nov 28, 2018

  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 …

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Activities with babies Edinburgh

‘Banish Baby Brain’: 7 brain-stimulating activities for parents

Nov 26, 2018

I have always disliked the term ‘baby brain’ (I have also heard it be called ‘momnesia’). New parents have so much on their plate, of course, their focus is elsewhere! However, there is scientific backing to suggest that mothers are impacted by a lack of concentration and focus. It is true that as a new parent you …

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French Halloween Video for Kids

Oct 30, 2018

“Halloween arrive” Halloween is not a traditional celebration in France but here in Scotland we love it! And it is growing in popularity in France. You may want some vocabulary to use with your little one tomorrow. We went to visit a farm at the weekend to choose our pumpkin for Hallowe’en! Have a look …

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French Snail Petit Escargot Craft

Craft time in French with your toddler: Autumn PlayDoh Snails

Oct 22, 2018

Here is a simple autumn craft you can relate back to your French classes! Make a cute snail with a conker and plasticine or PlayDoh, sing the song “Petit Escargot” and explore the meaning of the song together 🙂 Children are kinaesthetic learners so singing and making together is a fab way to learn. Petit …

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

Oct 17, 2018

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). …

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