Here's our newest dilemma in raising a child who speaks English and French thousands of miles away from a francophone country: finding age-appropriate DVDs in French!
I (mostly) scrupulously followed the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (and more importantly, from our pediatrician and our librarian) not to expose Griffin to screen time until he was two years old. So it's only been during the past few months that he started watching the DVDs that we had started collecting for him. I was eager to show him these educational French videos!
- Brainy Baby French
- Bonjour les Amis
- Globe-Toddlers: Aventures in France
- Little Pim: Foreign Language and Fun
- French for Kids
- First Fun with French
- Baby Einstein Language Nursery
And then I started watching them with him.
Overall, I've been disappointed with their approaches to language teaching and their appropriateness for a squirmy toddler. It seems like he's now too old for most of these, or that he already knows too much French and is no longer part of the videos' target audiences! Yet he's too young to watch a lot of the other videos we have (mainly kids' movies)* or could borrow from the library and watch with the French soundtrack (if the DVDs even offer one, that is). Hence my dilemma.
(Thank goodness for YouTube and its offerings in French--comptines, animated shorts, clips of cute little French children doing cute things in French! But that's another post....)
Thus begins my foray into movie reviews on this blog. Stay tuned for the first one, which I will title "Brainy Baby, But Bored Maman"!