Covering French as a second language for students in grades 4 through 7, The Complete FrenchSmart series from Popular Book Company Ltd 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:

  • FrenchSmart Series from Popular Book Ltd.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 the book includes 5 full stories with exercises related to the adventure. This particular book involves stories about animals like dolphins, koalas, and elephants. Plus there is a whole section for cutting out and stapling together a “conjugation book” – a mini book that helps kids learn, remember, and review the conjugations of French verbs.

I love that this series is completely in colour – with fun cartoon characters. Each lesson has a different activity to keep kids interested, like matching, copywriting, circling, etc. Plus, the English instructions are clearly written under the French directions, making it easy for everyone to know what they are supposed to be doing.

Plus – there is an answer guide tucked in the back of the book – so you can know you are doing it right! These can be cut out and set aside if your child has a temptation to peek at the answers instead of figuring it out on their own.

The downside to this book is that it doesn’t offer any verbal or audio learning, so pronounciation can be an issue if you aren’t already familiar with the words. However, it does provide a good platform to work on and develop writing and reading skills as well as vocabulary.

All-in-all, the FrenchSmart series are a good addition to a rounded French curriculum.

33 Comment(s)

  • by Amanda Posted May 27, 2013 7:49 am

    What a great series! Looking forward to using this in homeschooling.

  • by Sandra M. Posted May 27, 2013 7:59 am

    We are tri-lingual family – so my answer is yes 🙂

  • by Jennifer Posted May 27, 2013 8:05 am

    Have had a look at these at Costco and have wanted to buy them for our homeschool!

  • by Isabelle L. Posted May 27, 2013 8:09 am

    Spanish…. since we are French Canadians and we do English.

  • by Jennifer Saarinen Posted May 27, 2013 8:45 am

    I teach them a little french.

  • by Joelle Posted May 27, 2013 9:36 am

    Cool giveaway!

  • by Sara Posted May 27, 2013 9:37 am

    We have been working on Spanish but not intensively.

  • by candess phillips Posted May 27, 2013 9:49 am

    I have never taught my kids a second language. Just support the French work my son brings home, but want to do more for him.

  • by Michelle Posted May 27, 2013 10:40 am

    We learned Spanish when the children were little and we lived in Florida, and started to learn French when we moved here to Ontario… but we need help! 🙂

  • by Tracy Posted May 27, 2013 3:50 pm

    Love the whole Smart series ! We use them every year but I have never seen the French one 🙂

  • by Paula Posted May 27, 2013 4:35 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

  • by Paula Posted May 27, 2013 4:37 pm

    We are just starting to homeschool this fall but are wanting to implement French.

  • by Amy Posted May 27, 2013 4:52 pm

    We are just starting French this year with my younger daughter and my older daughter is starting to teach herself Latin.

  • by melissa Posted May 27, 2013 8:36 pm

    We have done a little french but very little as he associates french with school (we currently live in quebec). Lots of trauma. I’d like to do more as he is getting better.

  • by Kara Posted May 27, 2013 9:44 pm

    I have taught French, and also basic ASL. Being in a bilingual country, French is important. However, I’ve spent many years working with the hearing impaired, so I would like my kids to be able to communicate in the same way I do.

  • by Emma Posted May 27, 2013 9:52 pm

    We’re trying to do French

  • by Debbie McMullen Posted May 29, 2013 8:13 am

    yes! we do french classes 🙂

  • by Heidi C. Posted May 29, 2013 10:03 pm

    My daughters are learning French!

  • by Sarah Barnes Posted May 31, 2013 8:33 am

    How exciting. Love these series of books!

  • by Sylvie LeBlanc Posted May 31, 2013 8:37 am

    Yes we are bilingual, French and English !

  • by valerie godin Posted May 31, 2013 9:09 am

    We are french, so we do english as a second language

  • by Mama B Posted May 31, 2013 9:41 am

    We’ve not taught a second language. I always figured if we did, it would be German, as it’s their heritage.

  • by Brina Posted May 31, 2013 12:52 pm

    we did Latin this year and it was great! Now we can bless the food and say the Lord’s prayer in Latin!

  • by stacy Posted May 31, 2013 1:01 pm

    Want to teach french

  • by J Posted May 31, 2013 7:10 pm

    Haven’t taught.

  • by Kim Barrett Posted May 31, 2013 8:27 pm

    We’ve done French and a little Spanish.

  • by natasha severson Posted June 1, 2013 1:43 am

    no i havnt 🙁 would love this tho!

  • by Rebecca Posted June 3, 2013 7:50 am

    My oldest was in french immersion for a year prior to our decision to homeschool, so I would love to continue with french at home.

  • by Marianne Posted June 4, 2013 7:27 am

    No we haven’t

  • by Nicole Cave Posted June 6, 2013 1:53 pm

    Haven’t started French yet but should son in grade 4

  • by Melissa G Posted June 6, 2013 3:29 pm

    We have been working on a little French! Hoping to make a little more progress next year.

  • by Stephanie Posted June 7, 2013 9:37 am

    Would love to start!

  • by Marcy Posted June 9, 2013 12:58 pm

    Looks like a great book I use some of their curriculum alrewady

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