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#1 Runningmom80

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 02:42 PM

I was looking at Whistlefritz, but I'm concerned it would be too easy.  They haven't had any exposure thus far, however. 

 

I'd love any recommendations anyone can give!



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Posted 22 October 2017 - 02:46 PM

We are doing just an introduction this year with One Third Stories.  For next year (and a more organized study) I have my eye on Ecoutez! Parlez!  I haven't seen anyone else using it, though.  I'd be curious as to reviews.


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 01:59 AM

I really, really need to get serious about doing French with my kids, now that we live in a French-speaking country. :huh: I have a lot of stuff to practice French, it's the learning French that holds me up, since I myself am a beginner. I think I need to hire someone to implement this stuff with my kids.

 

We have Getting Started with French, which at least gives you some framework for learning the language. It's a lot better than jumping straight in to memorizing phrases & sentences (which is what our high school Bien Dit book does). GSWF can be done as a family. The first lessons are so short - you can do several a day. You'll know when to slow down.

 

I recommend watching the First Step en Français videos. https://www.knowital...language-french. It's set up that you can watch episode 101 from First Step, and then 401 from First Step Again. The "again" videos are reinforcement. There is a TM with teaching suggestions and vocabulary lists. https://www.knowital...acher-resources

 

Amazon has several French editions of Dr. Seuss books - controlled vocab + familiar story! Win!

 

This French Dictionary is great. It has audio tracks for every word. I imported it into iTunes and put it on my phone. You can use it to quiz your kids if you cover up the margins. https://www.amazon.c...duct/0071817301

 

We have the game Kloo for building French sentences, but haven't tried it yet. https://www.amazon.c...s/dp/B004JNZGFI

 

I have a few of these books - Bedtimes Stories in French & English. My plan is to pick out key vocabulary to look for in a story, pre-teach it, then read the story in English and then in French. https://www.amazon.c...duct/1548291099

 

Teachers Pay Teachers has some nice products. I have this one for grades 4-7, but I think it would be fine for younger kids. https://www.teachers...-Gr-4-7-3009847 (fixed link!)


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 07:37 AM

We are doing just an introduction this year with One Third Stories.  For next year (and a more organized study) I have my eye on Ecoutez! Parlez!  I haven't seen anyone else using it, though.  I'd be curious as to reviews.

 

ecoutez! Parlez! looks good, if I try it, I'll let you know. :)



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Posted 23 October 2017 - 07:39 AM

I really, really need to get serious about doing French with my kids, now that we live in a French-speaking country. :huh: I have a lot of stuff to practice French, it's the learning French that holds me up, since I myself am a beginner. I think I need to hire someone to implement this stuff with my kids.

 

We have Getting Started with French, which at least gives you some framework for learning the language. It's a lot better than jumping straight in to memorizing phrases & sentences (which is what our high school Bien Dit book does). GSWF can be done as a family. The first lessons are so short - you can do several a day. You'll know when to slow down.

 

I recommend watching the First Step en Français videos. https://www.knowital...language-french. It's set up that you can watch episode 101 from First Step, and then 401 from First Step Again. The "again" videos are reinforcement. There is a TM with teaching suggestions and vocabulary lists. https://www.knowital...acher-resources

 

Amazon has several French editions of Dr. Seuss books - controlled vocab + familiar story! Win!

 

This French Dictionary is great. It has audio tracks for every word. I imported it into iTunes and put it on my phone. You can use it to quiz your kids if you cover up the margins. https://www.amazon.c...duct/0071817301

 

We have the game Kloo for building French sentences, but haven't tried it yet. https://www.amazon.c...s/dp/B004JNZGFI

 

I have a few of these books - Bedtimes Stories in French & English. My plan is to pick out key vocabulary to look for in a story, pre-teach it, then read the story in English and then in French. https://www.amazon.c...duct/1548291099

 

Teachers Pay Teachers has some nice products. I have this one for grades 4-7, but I think it would be fine for younger kids. https://www.amazon.c...duct/0071817301

 

These are awesome suggestions!  The videos will be a great introduction.  I took many years of French but I totally need a refresher.  I used GSWS so I will definitely buy GSWF, I can't believe I didn't think of that.  Actually, I can. haha!
 


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 01:24 PM

These are awesome suggestions!  The videos will be a great introduction.  I took many years of French but I totally need a refresher.  I used GSWS so I will definitely buy GSWF, I can't believe I didn't think of that.  Actually, I can. haha!
 

 

I fixed the link for the TpT bundle - it's https://www.teachers...-Gr-4-7-3009847

 

I'll bet you love teaching French to your kids. I wish I had the confidence! I'm just afraid of screwing it up. You have a big head start since you are already very familiar with the language.

 

 


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 02:00 PM

I fixed the link for the TpT bundle - it's https://www.teachers...-Gr-4-7-3009847

I'll bet you love teaching French to your kids. I wish I had the confidence! I'm just afraid of screwing it up. You have a big head start since you are already very familiar with the language.


You won’t screw it up! I figure my kids will outgrow me at some point and then hopefully we can find a fluent speaker who can help them with pronunciation. Lol

I bought almost everything you linked, it all looked great!

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 02:15 PM

The only one of my kids who enjoys Whistlefritz is the 2 year old. I love it. But yes, I think your reservations may be spot on, as my 7 year old would not recommend it. (Except for the songs. We listen to the songs in the car, and she likes them, but feels the videos are a bit "babyish", which is weird because she will actually sit and watch Little Pim!)

 

Since I find formally adding a foreign language to our schedule to be a challenge-- it is the first thing to get dropped, often, either on a daily or weekly or yearly basis-- I've shelved the workbooks I purchased optimistically, and just turned to youtube. Having my kids watch a daily video or set of videos is easy, and free. Songs, nursery rhymes, folk and fairy tales...I don't know if it will work for all kids, but when my 7 year old actually took her first French class, the teacher was surprised that she seemed to know a surprising amount of unusual vocabulary already (thanks in part, I think, to the mud-centric vocabulary of Peppa Cochon).