|Posted by Rebecca Anderson on July 9, 2018 at 6:50 AM||comments (3)|
July 14th is Bastille Day!
|Posted by Rebecca Anderson on June 2, 2018 at 2:25 PM||comments (0)|
One of my favorite French songs is “Alouette”. We use this song to learn parts of the body and to talk about birds. Alouette is a lark in English.
I have about 10 different versions of this song, but one of my favorite versions is by The Delta Rhythm Boys, which I discovered a few years ago watching this commercial. I find it very artistic:
|Posted by Rebecca Anderson on May 12, 2018 at 3:55 PM||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
|Posted by Rebecca Anderson on May 12, 2018 at 3:55 PM||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/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?
|Posted by Rebecca Anderson on April 23, 2018 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
Saturday, April 28th:
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!
|Posted by Rebecca Anderson on March 3, 2018 at 5:30 PM||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.
|Posted by Rebecca Anderson on February 17, 2018 at 3:15 PM||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?
|Posted by Rebecca Anderson on January 4, 2018 at 5:50 PM||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.
|Posted by Rebecca Anderson on January 1, 2018 at 4:30 PM||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
|Posted by Rebecca Anderson on January 1, 2018 at 4:15 PM||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/