Play and Learn French

Play and Learn French

If you are looking for a fun program to help your child learn the French language—and you’re not proficient in French enough to simply speak or sing it at home, which may be the best way to learn—you may want to check out Play and Learn French: Over 50 Fun Songs, Games, and Everyday Activities to Get Started in French. It consists of a hardback book and CD to use each day with your child and provides you with plenty of fun in French so both of you can learn together!

The program is very cheaply available, at only $9.87 on Amazon.com. It’s geared toward ages 4 to 8, making it appropriate for a wide range of ages. In addition to the songs and games, the program also has comic strips and English translations, French culture information, and plenty of other information to provide just the right amount of introductory material to be interesting and fun without overwhelming any kiddos.

I’ve seen how powerful using music and games can be when learning a second language. When I took Spanish, the best lessons that stuck with me were the musical ones, and my college roommate, who was from Japan, learned best through music as well. Television programs, such as Muzzy, are also really helpful—though you can learn a lot by just switching a language on your favorite DVDs.

This is definitely something we would use if my daughter were interested in French; so far, she’s only interested in Korean (courtesy of her taekwondo teacher).