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My favorite books about French things in English

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on May 12, 2018 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

There are some wonderful books in English that are great for learning more about French or the Francophile culture. Click here to see my past blog about French books. You may find many of these books at Bonjour Mama bookstore in Kensington, MD.  You may also order them through our local bookstore, Hoory 4 Books.  Amazon. com or amazon.fr may have them too.

Paris up, up and away!by Hélène Druvert If you like shadow puppetry and Paris as much as I do, you would love this book.  The original is in French.

Escargot. by Dashka Slater and Sydney Hanson

Everybody Bonjours! by Leslie Kimmelman and Sarah McMenemy

Paris, A book of shapes: by Ashley Evanson Combing architecture and shapes

This is Paris by Miroslav Sasek

Adele and Simon by Barbara McClintock  A sister and brother walk home from school in Paris.  The brother, Simon, keeps loosing his things around Paris, and on each page, there is a hide and seek to find the things he looses.  Beautiful illustrations of different neighborhoods in Paris as well as a map showing where the brother and sister went on their walk. 

Mission Paris by by Catherine Aragon A scavenger hunt guide when you take your children to Paris.

E is for Eiffel Tower by Helen L. Wilbur and Yan Nascimbene

Where is the Eiffel Tower? by Dina Anastasio

Gustave Eiffel's Spectacular Idea by Sharon Katz Cooper

Dans Paris, il y a by Paul Eluard

My favorite books about French things in English

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on May 12, 2018 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

There are some wonderful books in English that are great for learning more about French or the Francophile culture. Click here to see my past blog about French books.

https://www.amazon.com/Paris-Up-Away-H%C3%A9l%C3%A8ne-Druvert/dp/0500650594/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526154776&sr=8-1&keywords=paris+up+up+and+away" target="_blank">Paris up, up and away! If you like shadow puppetry and Paris as much as I do, you would love this book.  The original is in French.

https://www.amazon.com/Escargot-Dashka-Slater/dp/0374302812/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1526155064&sr=1-1&keywords=escargot" target="_blank">L'escargot.

https://www.amazon.com/Everybody-Bonjours-Leslie-Kimmelman/dp/0553507826/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1526155193&sr=1-1&keywords=everybody+bonjours" target="_blank">Everybody Bonjours!

https://www.amazon.com/Paris-Book-Shapes-Hello-World/dp/0448489155/ref=pd_sbs_14_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0448489155&pd_rd_r=2BNM60XS86F4HW3KNVHR&pd_rd_w=lwxnm&pd_rd_wg=mGVZR&psc=1&refRID=2BNM60XS86F4HW3KNVHR" target="_blank">Paris, A book of shapes: Combing architecture and shapes

https://www.amazon.com/This-Paris-Miroslav-Sasek/dp/0789310635/ref=pd_sbs_14_6?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0789310635&pd_rd_r=9D7MN37SMZWJ6E5AG2GR&pd_rd_w=lJ2sy&pd_rd_wg=vLDxf&psc=1&refRID=9D7MN37SMZWJ6E5AG2GR" target="_blank">This is Paris

https://www.amazon.com/Ad%C3%A8le-Simon-Adele-Barbara-McClintock/dp/0374380449/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1526155317&sr=1-1&keywords=adele+and+simon" target="_blank">Adele and Simon A sister and brother walk home from school in Paris.  The brother, Simon, keeps loosing his things around Paris, and on each page, there is a hide and seek to find the things he looses.  Beautiful illustrations of different neighbors in Paris as well as a may showing where the brother and sister went on their walk. 

https://www.amazon.com/Mission-Paris-Scavenger-Adventure-Travel/dp/0989226743/ref=pd_sim_14_6?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0989226743&pd_rd_r=JZTZQ0C2NZF7PB685XPD&pd_rd_w=JVWY4&pd_rd_wg=ewDX2&psc=1&refRID=JZTZQ0C2NZF7PB685XPD" target="_blank">Mission Paris A scavenger hunt guide when you take your children to Paris.

https://www.amazon.com/Eiffel-Tower-France-Alphabet-Discover/dp/158536505X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1526155619&sr=1-2&keywords=e+is+for+eiffel" target="_blank">E is for Eiffel Tower

https://www.amazon.com/Where-Eiffel-Tower-Dina-Anastasio/dp/0451533844/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1526155619&sr=1-1&keywords=e+is+for+eiffel" target="_blank">Where is the Eiffel Tower? 

Georgetown French Market April 27-29, 2018

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on April 23, 2018 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Saturday, April 28th:

Georgetown French Market!

 

Dust off your berets for the 15th Annual Georgetown French Market, presented by the Georgetown Business Improvement District, where the charming Book Hill neighborhood of Georgetown transforms into a Parisian-inspired open-air market! More than 35 locally-owned boutiques, cafes, salons and galleries will feature designer goods, art, home furnishings, French fare and more. Some items up to 75% off! Facepainting, caricature artist, roaming whimsical street performers, and live French and gypsy jazz will offer fun and entertainment for all ages! C'est magnifique!

 

Join https://www.bonjourmama.com/" target="_blank">Bonjour Mama on Saturday, April 28th from 11-12pm and 3-4pm for a game in French like Bingo or Scrabble. They will also be reading stories in French and/or about France. And don't miss our great selection of gifts, games, books & more for purchase throughout the day. Look for us in or near the face-painting tent!

La Chandeleur: Crepe Day!

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on March 3, 2018 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

La Chandeleur Crêpe Day is on Feb. 2nd. It is the halfway point between winter and spring. Crepes represent the golden sun that the French can’t wait to see in the springtime. Crepes originated in the Bretagne (Brittany) region of France.

 

There are two types of crepes: sweet (crêpes sucrées) and savory (crêpes salées or also called la galette de sarassin) .

The savory crêpes are made of buckwheat flower (le blé de sarassin. ) My crepe recipe is a mix of the two: still a bit sweet but made with a mix of flour and buckwheat flour in order to make it a bit hardier (and healthier).

Today, you will still meet many Briton families who own creperies in Paris and all over France.

 

In class, we had la crêpe au sucre (sugar sprinkled on top), la crêpe au Nutella and la crêpe au citron.

 

Why immersion?

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on February 17, 2018 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Having just come back from an enriching conference of world language teachers, The Northeast Conference on Learning Foreign Languages, I would like to share some important topics we discussed:

Why immersion? Why stay in the French language in class?

It is the most enjoyable way to learn a language! Going back and forth too much in different languages may diminish a child's interest and momentum. In addition, using only French (avoiding translation) will force students to listen to what is said in French, to use reasoning and deduction to figure out what a word or phrase is. Using these higher-level thinking skills are the best tool in learning and retaining a language.

Immersion mimics how a person learned his/her first language.


How to do immersion (Part I)

By choosing activities and themes that are of interest to the child, the children will be motivated to pay attention to what is said in the language, to connect the word or phrase to the activity we are doing, to know the context of that word or phrase and eventually be able to use the word or phrase themselves.Children are naturally very curious so using activities that ignite that curiosity is key!  Qu’y a-t-il dans la maison ? What is in the house? Qu’y a-t-il dans la boîte ? What is in the box? Comment fabriquer la neige ? How do we make snow? Quel animal est-il? What animal is it?  

La Chandeleur at the Hillwood on Feb 3rd 10am-5pm

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on January 4, 2018 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

La Chandeleur, also known as Crêpe Day, marks the halfway point between winter and spring. In France, families celebrate by eating crêpes, which are round and golden like the springtime sun.

 

The Hillwood Estate in Washington, DC invites families to celebrate this holiday in festive French fashion amidst Hillwood's spectacular gardens, magnificent mansion, and exquisite French treasures.

Parent's Night Out Saturday, January 20th, 5-8pm

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on January 1, 2018 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Children ages 3-11 are welcome to join Old Town French, Arts on the Horizon and the Downtown Baptist Church for an enriching evening of activities and dinner while parents enjoy an evening out.

More information and registration at: https://downtownbaptist.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/93/responses/new

My French Film Festival starts Jan. 19th, 2018

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on January 1, 2018 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Watch short and long French films starting January 19th and vote for your favorite films!  You can watch online or using Amazon Instant Videos. More information at http://www.myfrenchfilmfestival.com/en/

French concert for families on January 13, 2018

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on December 4, 2017 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Children and their families are invited to attend a special concert with local musician, Achille, who will be singing popular children’s French songs.

When: Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10:30-11:30am

Where: The Lyceum

 

201 S. Washington St.

Alexandria, VA 22314

 

Price: $5 per person

(children under 12 mo. are free)

Must register in advance via

https://www.alexandriava.gov/Lyceum

 

About the musician: Achille Ango grew up in Cameroon (Central West Africa). After graduating from High School, he went to France where he livedfor seven years studying and playing music. He has taught French to children, and played music with various bands in the Washington area for more than 20 years. He now teaches French in an immersion school using music as a vehicle.

Parent's Night Out this Saturday, Dec. 9th, 5-8pm

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on December 3, 2017 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The “Let It Snow” Parents’ Night Out on Saturday, December 9th from 5PM-8PM is hosted by DBC, Arts on the Horizon and Old Town French. Welcome the holiday and winter season with fun winter stories, crafts and games. Kids will also make a gift to share with someone this holiday season. Open to children 3 – 11 years old. Pack a dinner and drink for your child to enjoy in our Kid’s Lounge. Send an extra pair of clothes for younger ones, in case of an accident. You can register https://downtownbaptist.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/87/responses/new" target="_blank">here. To register an additional child, click https://downtownbaptist.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/88/responses/new" target="_blank">here.


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