I know there are studies that show it is easier for kids to learn a second language when they are younger; there are elementary schools that are teaching a second language, but the school my kids go to doesn't have a language class. I didn't start taking French until I was in 7th grade. I took a few years of French, but like almost anything - if you don't use it, you lose it!
My dad's side of the family traces back to French-Canadian ancestors and I'd like my kids to learn some French.
I have a couple of apps that I've used with them to introduce them to some French words and they have enjoyed using those, but we don't use it often enough so they aren't the least bit proficient - I just try to expose them to the language when I can.
I recently had the chance to review a French musical CD called Allons Danser! (Let's Dance!) from Whistlefritz. This sounded like something my kids would enjoy - they like music and dancing!
The CD is compiled with a collection of original tunes and traditional favorites. The tunes are upbeat and catchy and sung by internationally acclaimed vocalists Marie-Louise Desage and Didier Prossaird. These fun songs teach several French words and phrases such as numbers (Un, Deux et Trois), and parts of the body (La Tete, Les Epaules/Head, Shoulders).
Lucas's favorite is the rendition of Old MacDonald. The first time he listened to it he came running to find us and said, "I think this is how you say "Old MacDonald in French!" It won't be long before he learns the different words for animals too.
Whistlefritz is an award-winning (DVDs and CDs have won 54 awards!) producer of Spanish for Kids and they have now launched French for Kids.
When I told Lucas I needed to sit down and write a review of the "French music CD" he said, "I love it!" That sums up his review!
The Whistlefritz line of products all teach the language immersion method for learning a new language so everything on the CDs and DVDs are all in French or Spanish. Research recommends teaching with this method instead of translating back and forth - translating back and forth delays fluency.
I'm not claiming that my kids are going to become proficient in the French language from listening to a music CD, but it does expose them to some common words/phrases and they are enjoying it - and if it makes learning fun then it's a big hit with our family!
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