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French-Canadian Winter Solistice Show this December 2017

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on November 27, 2017 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The Christmas Revels

A French-Canadian Celebration of the Winter Solstice is playing this season at George Washington University's  Lisner Auditorium December 9-17th.

There is a special price for children for the show on Friday, December 15th. 

Details: Take an enchanting journey to a charming Québec village and revel in the winter holidays. In the late December chill, the glow of hearth fires warms the spirits of the villagers as they prepare for the time of celebration—le temps des Fêtes! Amidst this holiday cheer, a group of young men prepares to set out after profit and adventure—to be voyageurs. They paddle a huge canoe across rivers and lakes, deep into the wild Canadian woods—but not even rugged terrain can stop them from rejoining their loved ones in time for New Year’s Eve!

**If you plan on going on Friday, December 15th at 7:30, let Mme. Rebecca know! We will be able to meet one of the French-speaking actors after the show!!


Alexandria-Caen Sister City events

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on November 4, 2017 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We are so lucky to have a strong French sister city program here in Alexandria!

Here are some events you may be interested in:

Sortie du Beaujolais Nouveau on Thursday, November 16th, 7:30pm, at the historic Lloyd House in Old Town

Teen exchange program meeting is on December 3rd, 5pm. The committee is looking for interested teens to go to Caen and families to host French teens from Caen.  RSVP to [email protected] and you will receive more information via email about the meeting.

Exploring the Art of the French Comic Book on Thursday, December 7th at 7:00pm. 

More information on their website at: https://alexandriacaen.wordpress.com/

Kid's Eurofest in Oct and Nov 2017

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on October 19, 2017 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Lots of interesting events for families! http://events.euintheus.org/landing_page/kids-euro-fest/

Radio program for children in French

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on August 27, 2017 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Listen to the radio station, Radio Pomme d'Api! Just as enjoyable for parents as it is for children!

Netflix shows and movies en franšais

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on August 24, 2017 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Watching shows and movies in French is a great way for you and your child to learn French!

Here is a list of the shows that we have found that have an option of French(under audio).  You may also put subtitles in French or Eng                  

                                                                                    French shows on Netflix

Les Aventures du Chat Potté


En Route, les aventures de Tif et Oh

Lego Friends                                         

Masha and the Bear                                                               

True and the Rainbow Kingdom      

Word Party             


Mia and Me


Justin Time Go


Puffin Rock

Veggie Tales

Care Bear's Cousins


Veggie Tales in the City

Julie's Greenroom

Free Rein (for 9 yr olds +)                                                          

French Festival at the Hillwood Mansion on July 15th

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on June 30, 2017 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (1)

Indulge your inner Francophile with eighteenth-century French amusements in celebration of Bastille Day and Hillwood's French decorative arts collection.


D-Day Commemoration in Old Town Alexandria

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on June 2, 2017 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Please join the Alexandria-Caen Sister City's D-Day Commemoration on Saturday, June 2 at 2:30-5:00 at City Hall. 

Old Town French will be there with a special French activitiy for children! More information: https://alexandriacaen.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/2017-d-day-events-june-1-3/

Georgetown French Market-April 28-30, 2017

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on April 24, 2017 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Feel like you're in Paris this Friday-Sunday in Georgetown!


My favorite French books

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on April 5, 2017 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Here is a list of some of my favorite French books. Most of these books you may find on amazon.com (start there first) or amazon.fr 

My favorite local bookstores who have French books are: Hooray for Books in Old Town Alexandria, Bonjour Maman in Kensington, MD and Politics and Prose in Washington, DC.

You may also buy French books on amazon.com and amazon.fr

Paris s'envole   (in French) or Paris, Up, Up and Away (in English) by Hélène Druvert.  A very whimsical book: The Eiffel Tower decides to fly to see Paris from a different point of view.  The beauty of this book are intricate black cut-outs of Paris.  

J'y vais by Matthieu MaudetAbout a bird leaving his nest.  His family and friends each give him something as he walks out of his nest and down the long branch.  A funny surprise at the end of where he is actually going.

Les orteils n'ont pas de nom by Jean LeRoy and Mattieu Maudet The toes are upset that they don't have individual names like fingers do.  Read the creative names the toes brainstorm.  

Roule and Saute by Tatsuhide Matsuoka. Very simple book about all different animals that roll (roule) and jump (saute).  Great repetition and good for learning the simple present conjugation of these two regular -er verbs. 

Manger un loup by Vincent Bourgeau  and Cédric Ramadier.  Great book for learning some kitchen tools and simple kitchen terminology.  Very funny book about a pig who wants to make wolf soup.  

Mon bus and Mon velo by Bryon Barton.  These two books are great for those who like to learn about different vehicules (mon bus) or about the parts of the bike (mon velo).  

Bon appetit, Monsieur Lapin by Claude Boujon. Monsieur rabbit no longer likes to eat carrots.  He asks his animal friends what they like to eat but none of those meals seem appetizing to Monsieur Lapin.  He makes the mistake of asking the loup(wolf) what he likes to eat and learns the hard way that the loup likes rabbits.  Luckily the wolf only eats Monsieur Lapin's ears and the  Monsieur Lapin starts to like to eat carrots again, especially since it helps him to grow his ears back.

La chenille qui fait des trous(The Hungry Caterpillar) by Eric Carle.

Dans Paris, Il y a by Paul Eluard

La vie secrète des bonshommes de neige https://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/la-vie-secrete-des-bonshommes-de-neige-caralyn-buehner/1114772987/2691781842569?st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Core+Catch-All,+Low_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP79700&gclid=Cj0KCQiA7dHSBRDEARIsAJhAHwhm4q8IQJMZ-j4Bll9_-ZYLuflMviMq2MlwF4oDeWlDV7prjAh-NgcaAm0_EALw_wcB