Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Atlantic Canada
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Teach them simulateneously! If he's at a reding level, he's obviously got a good grasp on which words and sounds go with which language. Really, the phonics are not that different. The tricks are the accents (but this isn't really hard because if he speaks, he knows that certain words are said with different accents), and little things, like how "ent" endings are not really pronounced.
In terms of phonics resources, I'm no good to you. Sorry. I do know that my reading averse brother finally decided to give it a go when Asterix et Obelix appeared in his hands. If your son is super young, this might go over his head though! We also liked the Martine books. They're huge monsters, but divided into smaller parts. We thought they were "grown up", but I have clear memories of reading them to my sister when we were probably 3 and 5. Good french books are hard to find in North America. Even in french communities, I find. You'll find the quantity, but not the quality of books like Each Peach, Pear, Plum, or Brown Bear, etc. Can you enlist family in France to send you a few things? I'm not a huge fan of the French school system (but your partner may have an entirely different opinion!), but guaranteed they'll have phonics books coming out of their ears.
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