Family, Friends, and Français: Introduction

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By Sarah Dodson-Knight
Photo credit: rick

Valentine’s Day is upon us, which makes this the perfect time to teach our children how to talk in another language about the people they love!

I’m an American raising my three-year-old son bilingually (English and French), so the examples in this series will have to do with our second language, French.  However, the activities and ideas are applicable to any language and will focus on the younger learners (those not yet literate in the second language).

In “Family, Friends, and Français,” we’ll explore the following:

  • relevant vocabulary (in this Introduction);
  • Music, Rhythm, and Rhyme (Part One);
  • Art and Drama (Part Two);
  • Literacy Activities (Part Three);
  • and Tactile and Kinesthetic Activities (Part Four).

Join us on this romp through the French family tree!  A new article will appear on Multilingual Living every two weeks.

Introduction: Vocabulary about Family and Friends

First, familiarize yourself with terms used to label family members and different kinds of friendship so that you’ll know which words to use to describe the people that your children know.  Consult any first-year French textbook or visit these websites:


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1 CATHERINE February 14, 2011 at 2:03 am

Un grand merci! J’ai trouve des tas de resources vraiment interessantes sur votre blog (entre autres, le site de La Maternelle de Moustache est particulierement utile: tout a fait ce que je recherchais pour faire a la maison avec mes filles bilingues!). Je donne des cours de Music Together a Dubuque, IA et compte bientot aussi faire des cours Music and French Fun classes donc votre blog m’interesse car je suis en train de chercher des idees d’activites.


2 Sarah @ Baby Bilingual February 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Merci, Catherine! Je suis contente d’apprendre que mon blog vous etes utile. A propos de Music Together, j’adore ce programme (mon fils fait son 3e cours de MT ce semestre) et je me dis toujours que ca serait formidable d’assister a un cours de MT en francais! Ca existe? Si jamais vous vouliez venir au Colorado pour offrir une classe de musique en francais, je serais la dans un instant!


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