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French for a 5 year old confined at home

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by cathr, Mar 25, 2020.

  1. cathr

    cathr Occasional commenter

    Hoping to use your expertise! My 5 y.o. grand daughter is English speaking at home but goes to school in a French speaking environment as she is schooled in Switzerland. Her French is not as fluent as her English but she easily string sentences which would challenge GCSE MFL students (eg: ''il manque une main'' , '' j'ai mis un pantalon').

    As she is confined at home, I have started a daily 20 minutes video-conference with short French speaking activities and games (I am a native speaker). The idea is to keep her French going so that the ground made since she started reception in September, is not lost. We are treating the 20 minutes slot as a bonding exercise as I am not sure when I am going to be able to travel to see her again. I am therefore not looking for websites or TV programs, just a real exchange between the two of us (and her mother in the background to help).
    So far we have done directed drawings, beetle game, grouping words according to their initial sound, odd one out and today a very successful volcano with vinegar and baking soda. I am running out of ideas!! The Swiss don't push literacy skills very hard at this age so she does not know her alphabet fully yet and is struggling with the concept of matching letter to sounds.

    Any ideas gratefully received!
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    My first idea is do you have any children's picture books? We often based work on simple books like Ours Brun, Ours Brun, Babar (Think I've got a powerpoint resource on this site. Free to download) , Le Petit prince and other titles which escape me at the moment. Reading together and showing her the pictures will all help. I know I made French and German versions of 'The hungry Caterpillar, because they were so familiar with the story they could easily follow. ( I was Primary Languages by the way.)

    I'm now retired I'll have a quick search and see if I can find other titles for you.
    Elmer if not already in French is easily translatable and lends itself to making Elmer collages 'Splat games with colours etc.
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  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Books titles here at this site https://www.little-linguist.co.uk/ any ones which she can join in with repetition is good.

    and although I know you said you didn't want websites, this https://www.mamalisa.com/?t=ec&c=22 is a site of songs to jog your memory, for you to peruse and sing with your granddaughter.. Possible ones you haven't sung in years and have forgotten ones. I used to find any ones lending themselves to 'finger action' or actions always went down well.
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  4. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    French for "a 5 year old confined at home" - I believe it's "un enfant de 5 ans confiné à la maison".

    I'm surprised you didn't know this ...
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  5. cathr

    cathr Occasional commenter

    I have tri
    I am not sure of your point? Maybe my title was badly worded? Add an exclamation mark to your translation and it sounds like an outraged newspaper title....!
  6. cathr

    cathr Occasional commenter

    Thank you Lara. Books are not really an option as W. cannot see the picture on the phone tiny screen:(. I have tried and failed miserably: without the book actually in her hands she gets distracted.
  7. cathr

    cathr Occasional commenter

    The old Tricolore books used to have lots of games in the Teacher's book but unfortunately I only have Tricolore 2 teacher's book in my library and the games are too sophisticated for a 5 year old ( bar the beetle game which worked very well). Wish I had kept Tricolore 1!
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  8. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Harsh-but-fair was just teasing you. :)
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  9. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Always the way. I've kept a lot of my Langs stuff and keep thinking I should get rid but at times like this I perhaps would need. In fact I've just read 'The three Little pigs' to my granddaughters over the net. Will have to practice finding the correct position to hold the book so they could see the screen though.
  10. cathr

    cathr Occasional commenter

    That's exactly the problem I had with my story book...
  11. cathr

    cathr Occasional commenter

    One idea for stranded grand-mothers: Get child to cut up a 'farandole' i.e a paper family (I think that's how to describe this in English...)
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