Thinking of teaching your kids French or learning French along with your child? Sounds like a great plan and I’m here to help! Whether you want your child to reconnect with French roots or simply to raise him/her as bilingual, this article will help you reach that goal.
Before anything else, let’s talk about the reasons why your child should learn French and why it’s a good idea to share the experience with them.Before anything else, let’s talk about the reasons why your child should learn French and why it’s a good idea to share the experience with them.
There are a lot of benefits to being bilingual, but here are some of the specific reasons that makes a good case for teaching French to your kid.
Now that we have listed some of the benefits, let’s get down to business and see how you can accomplish this project for you and your kid(s)!
Teaching your kids French isn’t as difficult at it may seem to you at first. The key is to make it as fun as possible not just for your child, but for you as well. Here are some ways you can do that.
For learning the very basics, you can try some fun activities such as:
To do it, prepare a card with 16 squares. Each square would have a different letter. Pick out a letter from an envelope and the child would cross all the mentioned letters from his card.
Count the number of items in the house (how many chairs/ pillows/ toys/ windows, etc.), play Price is Right with your child (think of a number and ask him/her to guess!)
Start with fun vocabulary that your kids would enjoy such as shapes, animals, colors, common objects, fruits and veggies. You can also:
Music is a great way to have fun while learning a new language. Teach your kids some French nursery rhymes and sing along with them to the tunes! Here’s a playlist you can use (+ use your device as a karaoke!)
Cozy up on the couch with the entire family and watch French movies that are great for children. Here is a list of recommendations:
Introduce your kids to Asterix and Obelix, Tintin, The Smurfs, and more!
Here at Talk in French, I have prepared a bunch of materials that would be great for your kids. The following e-books with audio would surely help:
This bilingual picture storybook is great for young children. Full of visuals that your kids would love, the story, “Where’s My Ball?” features vocabulary to help kids learn basic words like shapes, sizes, colors, as well as how to introduce themselves---in both English and French.
Each e-book in this 3-volume comes with 10 short stories that are great for children and are written in parallel text in both French and English. Perfect not just for bedtime but for any time of the day.
Read and listen to 10 fairy tales you know and love--written and recorded in both French and English!
There are a lot of benefits that your child could get from learning French. Aside from begin a good bonding activity with your children, learning French will promote their cognitive development, boost their emotional and relational skills, among many others.
Talk in French can help you teach your children French at home. With the number of available contents in the website as well as some good e-books with audio, you will soon be on the way to having bilingual kids. Good luck and enjoy!
Frederic Bibard is the founder of Talk in French, a company that helps french learners to practice and improve their french. Macaron addict. Jacques Audiard fan. You can contact him on Twitter and Google +