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I love the French language, and took 3 yrs. in HS. My sons are 5 and 2 1/2 yrs., and I want to start a second language now when they'll pick it up more quickly. I know there are a few programs out there, but I would really like feedback from someone who has personally used one. Hopefully, I'll learn more myself! Thanks so much!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm not familiar with any French programs but a fun idea to incorporate the French language in to their lives is to show them popular films like Disney and Wizard of Oz in French under the preferences.<br>
Try taping the songs from the film and play them in the car.<br><br>
Get the wonderful Putumayo French Cafe ( <a href="http://music.barnesandnoble.com/search/product.asp?z=y&cds2Pid=3684&ean=790248021928" target="_blank">http://music.barnesandnoble.com/sear...n=790248021928</a> ) C.D. and play it while they are coloring or during a nap.<br><br>
Even if your french vocabulary is weak, speak it to them any time you can. These are all things we've done around here and my kids have some words, a few phrases and the inflection down pretty good.
 

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My dh is trying to cobble together a french curriculum for our sons, but mostly our oldest (5). Some suggestions I have are:<br><br>
1. requesting story books in french from your library<br>
2. watch their favorite movies in French.<br>
3. Get the Bonjour Les Amis dvd series (fom your library if they have it)<br>
4. Buy a French picture-dictionary<br><br>
We've just started attempting to do this on a regular basis, so I'm really interested in hearing some suggestions, too.
 

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It is extremely difficult to teach a child a language that you are not fluent in but that doesn't mean you can't teach them something. I am reading a book about teaching second languages and it seems that the overall conclusion is exposure in every aspect and conversing. I would get ahold of everything that you can in French. At this age is is very important that they get an ear for the language. After the age of 6 (I believe) we start to not be able to "hear" sounds that aren't in our language. Get movies, books on tape, songs (For the movies, books, and songs: I suggest getting the English version first so that they can come to a conclusion what the French words mean.) Muzzy, learning French videos and CD's/tapes. The book I am reading says to brainstorm all the things you can do with the language. I am going to try having my kids do a play and recite poetry.
 

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We have been using <a href="http://www.theeasyfrench.com" target="_blank">The Easy French</a> with my 6yo (her 10yo sister listens in).<br><br>
I chose it because it doesn't take reading and writing skills, and she doesn't yet have those skills in English. It's a diglot weave. It's heavily, heavily Christian. There are little mistakes here and there, like they say in the book they have chosen to pronounce six and dix with the international long e, then go ahead and pronounce it on the CD with a short e.<br><br>
Another reason I chose it is because I have absolutely no idea how to pronounce French. Although not fluent in Spanish, I feel very comfortable teaching it casually to my kids with various songs, tapes, poems, stories, etc. If I had a clue about French, I probably would've chosen a different approach.
 

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Another The Easy French user here. We are using the Junior version. It is less writing intensive and geared more towards K-2 than Level 1. We only just started it but it is decent so far.<br>
I have also heard good things about PowerGlide as well.<br>
Of course you could always put something together on your own. I found this website french.about.com it is a do it yourself kind of thing.
 
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