Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Learning French In and Around the Garden, part 2

Read about garden-related art and drama activities over at Multilingual Living! (This is the second of a four-part series I have been commissioned to write. It's so much fun to brainstorm what Griffin and I can do do in French in the jardin!)


  1. oh, thank you. I loved the previous lesson. And I am sure I will love this one as well.

  2. Oh wow. I just followed the link to read your lesson and this sounds like exactly the sort of thing we do in the spanish immersion class I lead! And I was just whining about needing more resources. Thanks Sarah. By the way, my boys are 2 years old and 8 months old. :)

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  4. Hi Laura--Your Spanish class sounds like great fun. Too bad I can't sign Griffin up for it! I'd love to offer French classes for toddlers and preschoolers, which I'm seriously considering doing once we finish our basement and have a space to use as a classroom. I hope you'll continue blogging about your teaching and your use of Spanish with your boys!

    Bonjour Carine! Merci beaucoup.

  5. It's great to see this happening (what you're talking about with regards to offering a preschool level French class) as this is something very new for the United States that other countries, particularly Western Europe, have been doing for decades now. We desperately need to emphasize foreign language learning more in our culture, we've got to learn how to get along with the world better, and probably the two biggest steps forward in that direction are PROPER (as in, you're fluent by the time you're an adult) foreign language education and travel--nearly everyone in the U.K. takes a "gap year" after high school to go out and learn about the world, why don't we?

    Thanks for doing your part :)


  6. A lot of the preschools in our area offer Spanish instruction as part of their regular curriculum. There are also some private schools and teachers who give classes in foreign languages--that's what I would like to do with French, but I know it'll be a long road, because I'd have to convince parents in Colorado that learning French as a three-year-old is worth paying for and will significantly benefit their children! (But first I have to figure out how to better balance family and my library work and find or make the space and plan the lessons and figure out how to recruit the students....it's a ways down the road right now.)