My daughters are obsessed with all things French right now – so, naturally, we’re turning our language studies towards French! That’s the beauty of a flexible homeschool curriculum.
Of course, I would prefer they learn Spanish – since we live in Los Angeles. I think there are a few more Spanish speakers here than French speakers. Ha! So, we made a compromise and they are learning both languages. Thankfully, I speak Spanish (I studied abroad in Spain in college).
But I don’t speak a word of French. It doesn’t really matter, though, because there are so many fabulous resources to teach French to your children!
One that we love is the Pimsleur program. My oldest daughter (almost 12) and her younger sister (9) are doing this program. They offer a free lesson to try – which, of course, I could not resist!
Pimsleur is based on hearing (aural) and speaking (oral) – which is a very natural and easy way to learn a language. I’ve been amazed at how much my girls have picked up already in just a few lessons. They’re ready to go to Paris! Ha!
Another program that is amazing is this one…and the price is right!
For the little ones (ages 5 and under) – we’ve loved this program, now available on Amazon Prime for free. Of course, I bought the DVD program when it first came out 10 years ago for about $80! (Maybe more – eeek!) But it helped set the foundation for French with my oldest, who was a toddler then. She’s expanding on the basics now with Pimsleur – and her pronunciation is impeccable. I have to think it had something to do with starting here.
I also love to have physical books available to reinforce language learning.
You can’t go wrong with the Everything Kids’ Learning French Book! We have a few books in this series, and they never disappoint!
Another fun idea is to read classic children’s books in French. My kids love to do that – you can find them at the library sometimes. Or, of course, Amazon has them. Here is Green Eggs and Ham in French, for example:
And last, but not least, one thing we’ve been doing that’s been really fun – (and maybe not THAT educational) is watching all the episodes of House Hunters International – France. Ha! It’s the one show we can all agree on that’s family friendly and shows a bit of culture. I actually bought this whole season just so we could have all the episodes in one place.
My next project is putting together a list of documentaries we can watch about France, as well as local French places here in Los Angeles we can visit. I know it’s not quite as great as a trip to Paris, but a little creativity can go a long way in making the French language and culture come alive.
Do you speak French? Have you tried out Pimsleur or any other language programs? Tell me in the comments. 🙂
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