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  • Petra Lingua Review Petra Lingua is a program to help teach kids a second language. They currently offer programs in six languages: French, English, Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, presented in the form of videos, online multiple choice questions, downloadable activity books and flashcards, and audio exercises. If you have a young learner who is just starting to learn a new language, this could be a good intro program to use. Each of the programs appears to be the same in content with a different primary language focus. Lessons include: Hello, This Is Me! Greetings This Is My Family What’s This? School Things Colors Toys Numbers Animals What Are They Doing? What Are the Things Like? What Are ... Read more
  • Incorporating French Into Your Homeschool Incorporating French in your Homeschool French has got to be one of the most difficult subjects to incorporate into homeschooling. Math, language arts, and science curriculum options seem endless, but with French, there isn’t as much out there. So, what’s a homeschooler to do? First, figure out your goal. Do you want your kids to be fully bilingual when they leave your home or just be able to ask where the washrooms are at the airport? Or maybe something in between? Figure out what you’re aiming for, so you can begin (or continue) with the end in mind. Second, decide how important it is to you. It took me ... Read more
  • French / English Vocab Cards {Printable} If you want to bring French vocabulary into your home, here are some cards to help you succeed at introducing and reviewing a variety of words. These French vocabulary cards include 80 words from every day life – generally around your home: Furniture, colours, rooms, numbers, colours, animals, and foods. There are two copies of each page – one set with both French and the English words, and one set with only the French words. Some ideas on how to use these: Label things in your home. Self-checking flash cards. Cut off the images of the French only cards and match pictures to words. Download your copy ... Read more
  • French Essentials french essentials What is it? Downloadable French curriculum for homeschoolers from French Essentials Who is it for? Grades 4-12 How much does it cost? $69.95/module or $149.99 for full access Where is it? http://frenchessentials.com Tell me more: French is a hard subject to find the perfect curriculum for – so I’ve been learning from my fellow Canadian homeschoolers who are always on the hunt, so this opportunity to try out French Essentials was perfect for me.  The program is divided up into 4 completed modules currently, although they are working on module 5 right now and plan to be expanding the lessons to 10 modules in the future. If you have ... Read more
  • Middlebury Interactive Languages Middlebury Interactive Languages - FrenchWhat I reviewed: Elementary French Course from Middlebury Interactive Languages What is it? Online language course Who is it for? Variety of courses in multiple languages for grades ranging K – 12 How much is it? $119US per semester Tell me more: Middlebury offers online languages courses in French, Chinese, German and Spanish for students in a variety of grades and ability level through a series of interactive lessons and tests. We used the Elementary French 1: Grades 3-5 program. It includes 8 units that cover the basic topics of : Greetings Numbers Family Body Animals Colours Days of the Week and a final unit to review them all Each unit is based on a story or a song – ... Read more
  • French Made Easy French Made Easy DK Canada’s French Made Easy workbook is based on the Canadian curriculum and is a simple introduction to early French language. Designed for grades 4-5 (ages 8-10), there are 31 lessons/worksheets that cover a variety of topics, such as: Bonjour! Comment tu t’appelles? Les Nombres Dans ma trousse Les adjectifs Les mois de l’annee Quelle heure est-il? Les couleurs Le corps Ma famille Les jours de la semaine Les verbes -er La maison Les vetements Les passe-temps Bon appetit Also included is a page of golden star stickers (which you can use to mark off completed pages in the table of contents), a certificate as a reward when completed, and a answer key. This book is ... Read more
  • French Sing & Learn french sing and learnUsing music to learn is a creative and fun way to get things into kids’ heads and understanding. The same is true with learning languages. We are blessed to have many popular French kids’ songs that are  great to teach from. Leanne Seal, a Canadian homeschooling mom, has a great blog called Frenglish Learning – where she’s been compiling French language resources for the beginner to advanced French language learner. This past December, she released an ebook called French Sing and Learn – which takes those popular songs and makes them into a learning experience. This volume covers 10 songs, including Frere ... Read more
  • C’est La Vie: Word of the Week Every Friday, CBC Radio podcaster, Bernard St-Laurent and the Word Lady, Johanne Blais do “Word of the Week“, where they discuss one French word, how it’s spelled and examples of every day usage and phrases. There are also clips of other people explaining how they will use that word. Each episode is pretty brief – only around 5 minutes long. Some recent words have been: sort coeur salut piste jeter If you visit the C’est la Vie website, you can listen to up to 6 months of episodes, plus see the different phrases that they share during each discussion. Read more
  • Where to find French Language Materials One challenge that parents who are homeschooling their children either with French as a first language or even French Immersion is find the materials to use. After I got another email asking for help with this need, I sent out a message to the community at large and am excited by the number of great resources they shared with me! I want to especially thank Renee C. for sharing her extensive knowledge of French language publishers. If/when she starts her own blog to share what else she’s found – I’ll be sure to share it! Canadian Companies  JUMP Math Chalkboard Publishing Maths Facile (scroll down ... Read more
  • Hunt N’ Seek Canada – Editions Gladius International This month’s sponsor is a Canadian game company called Editions Gladius International. Based out of Quebec, this company specializes in creating and selling games that are made here in Canada. One such game is Hunt And Seek Canada. This game is built on many of the things that are quintessentially Canadian – you know, igloos, beavers, moose, the CN Tower, etc – and makes a searching game out of them! There are 4 double sided picture boards, featuring different areas of Canada, that are completely packed with amazing images but also have hidden within them all sorts of small images that you ... Read more
  • FrenchSmart It’s here! Fresh of the Press – The Complete FrenchSmart series from Popular Book Company Ltd. Covering French as a second language for students in grades 4 through 7, this series combines both the basics of learning French through lessons on important basics such verbs and vocabulary and following it up with a whole section of stories and questions to build comprehension. To give you an idea of what’s inside – the Grade 4 book they sent me has the following subjects in the table of contents: School Supplies At School Family Days of the Week Months of the Year Numbers Time of Day Pronouns At My House Pets Colours Seasons Weather Clothing Food The back half of ... Read more
  • SmartSeries Books In 2010, I wrote about the book series, The Complete Canadian Curriculum. At the time, I had just discovered these books (by accident) and thought they’d be a great addition to a Canadian homeschool curriculum. I was recently contacted by the distributor of the series and they let me know all about their expanded collection of books – the Smart Series. They sent me a few to check out and try with my boys. The series actually covers a large variety of subjects. There’s Math Smart, French Smart, English Smart, Read Smart, Science Smart …. and then a whole lot of extras – ... Read more
  • On The Mark Publishing On The Mark Publishing started as S & S publishing by a Canadian primary school teacher named Ruth. She created lots of educational workbooks and materials specifically geared to Canadians. In 2005, the company merged with On The Mark, and today, their website has a HUGE list of Canadian subjects: Government Geography History Famous Canadians Mapping Story starters First Nations Discovering  different communities They have many reasonably priced resources – both for Canada and the US. Plus (yay!) another series with French included! This company has both French Immersion and Core French options.   Read more
  • Chalkboard Publishing I recently went to the local teacher supply store and wandered around with a pen and paper, on the search for Canadian publishers and materials, games and toys. I was sadly disturbed by the lack of these products, but I did find a few great discoveries that I will share with you over the next little while. The first of these is Chalkboard Publishing. They use the title “Canadian Curriculum Teaching Resource” for their books.  This company publishes Canadian content books full of master copy worksheets, activities, and more for a huge variety of subjects and grades. Their website not only shows ... Read more
  • Peppermint Stick Learning Co. One of my readers recommended this company and after some research I’m excited to bring to you a Canadian curriculum company called Peppermint Stick Learning Company. Based out of Bracebridge, ON, this homeschooling family of 6 children ranging from infant to jr. high, has developed a curriculum based on the needs of their children and the homeschooling community. Joy, the author, told me: “I do write Canadian-based curriculum with the goal of meeting or exceeding Ministry of Ed. standards here and do so from a Biblical perspective when issues arise (such as creation/evolution, ethics, values). “ From their catalogue “About Us”: “We provide Canadian-based academic resources. Our ... Read more
  • French Essentials french essentialsWhile on the hunt for more French curriculum materials, I came across a company called French Essentials. It is a complete, downloadable curriculum, designed by French teachers. It includes video, audio, reading, and writing. Recommended for children in Grade 3 and up, the FAQs declare the style of French to be “International French”. From their home page: French Essentials is a complete, downloadable French curriculum. Designed by experienced French teachers specifically for home learners, it is clear and easy to use and does not require previous knowledge of French. The well designed lessons teach French in an easy to follow, gradual, step-by-step ... Read more
  • French as a Second Language Resources French as a Second Language ResourcesIn Canada, our second language is French. If you are looking for some great games and different ways to bring those language lessons into your home, as well as support for you as the teacher – just check out this list. Websites For Kids: http://fslactivities.ca/kidsplayground/index.html – This website is divided into a listing of other websites based on level – typically by age. Once you decide what age range you want, you will find links to a HUGE amount of games and places to do interactive activities to develop French as a Second Language. http://www.caslt.org/flash/teachers/flashf/french/start.swf – 5 short games – colours, numbers, shapes, ... Read more
  • Nallenart: French Curriculum L'Art De LireNallenart is a Canadian company that provides complete French curriculum materials for Canadian fa milies and classrooms. They have 3 programs: L’Art de Dire (speaking), L’Art de Lire (reading), and L’Art d’Ecrire (writing). This program was recommended to me by Stacey: “I’ve tried a variety of French programs over the years for my four sons, but always come back to L’Art de Lire and L’Art de Dire from Nallenart.com. The former focuses on French phonics through simple stories and exercises, while the latter introduces basic spoken French through thematic vocabulary and phrases.” Written to follow the Ontario curriculum guidelines, you can order each level ... Read more