Ok, so Dh and I have not been on the ball, and our two sons are already 6 and 3.5 and mostly only speak English. DH and I both speak French, and DH speaks Arabic (native lang), Spanish, and German as well. I have been giving DH a hard time about not teaching the kids Arabic, particularly recently as we've had the inlaws visiting, and the kids can't really speak to them. So, I'm now thinking that I am also guilty because I should have been teaching them French all this time, and I have not. Part of which is due to my not being a native speaker and a sense that I didn't know the 'kid' talk in French, nor any little songs or nursery rhymes like what I do in English. I am really wondering what the best way to start them on French is, given that they are already speaking English fluently. Does anyone have any suggestions for good ways to incorporate a language when kids are this age? I feel a little overwhelmed and upset that I have let this go for so long. A few steps though that I have come up with - joining the alliance francaise in nearby city, where I can get kids books, dvds, and movies in French, so that we will have more materials to work with. Then today we got out our Thomas game which my little one LOVES, where you spin the wheel and get to pick yellow, red or blue straight or curved pieces of track. So I had them saying the color properly and straight or curved in French by the end of the game, and they seemed to like it. Would love to hear any and all suggestions! Thank you!!
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7/7/09 at 10:28pm