Everyday Words in French is a bright and lively wordfinder for young children, containing over 500 simple French words. The book is designed to help children expand their French vocabulary in a fun and enjoyable way. Each familiar object has a French label, encouraging immediate association of word and object, so that even beginners can enjoy learning new words. At the end of the book there is a French/English dictionary which covers all the words and includes an easy-to-use pronunciation guide.
In the First French Word Book, children ages 2 and older can learn their first words in French in the company of Poppy and Sam and the animals that live at Apple Tree Farm. A fun first introduction to French for young kids.
With French for Beginners Flashcards, children as young as 3 can learn over 200 essential French words. The cards come with an internet link that allows you to perfect your pronunciation!
My First French Book is a fabulous beginners book for young children, or even slightly older kids just starting out. The volume is a great tool for teaching vocabulary, with bold, bright pictures illustrating just what the word means.
French: 100 Activities (Elementary Workbook) is a nice collection of activities and worksheets. Most suitable for older Elementary students, this book is a very good way for kids to practice what they are learning in school or at home.
Play and Learn French with Audio CD is part of Ana Lomba’s award-winning language program. Aimed at kids aged 1-7, this book, which includes a fabulous supplemental audio CD, turns everyday routines, such as going shopping, into fun learning activities.
French Flash Cards (Berlitz) is a good, basic collection of flashcards. Durable, with cute drawings, the topics include basics such as numbers, colors, animals and more. 50 cards total.
Eeboo’s French Flash Cards are pretty cool, as far as flashcards go! There are seven different categories with eight words in each (56 cards total): nature, vehicles, animals, market, clothing, colors, home.
The Berlitz French Picture Dictionary is actually a great resource for kids and adults alike. It is definitely made with children in mind, but great for adults too. It’s cutely-illustrated, simply done and well-organized.
KidSpeak French is an award-winning language learning software program designed primarily for elementary-aged kids. It contains over 700 words and phrases, and teaches them through fun interactive games, activities, puzzles and songs.
The LeapFrog Leapster is a relatively inexpensive, interactive learning tool for preschool-aged kids. As you may already know, there are loads of fun games that teach a range of skills, such as math, language arts, reading and science. HOWEVER, there are also games available in French! Since the games are entirely in French, it is helpful if a parent already has a working knowledge of the language.
There is a good variety of Leapster Games in French on the Leapster website. To find them, type “French” in the search bar, or under the drop down menu “More Ways to Shop”, select Global Languages. They also have Spanish games available.
The LeapFrog TAG Reading System is a really cool way to help kids learn to read and understand any language. Tag storybooks and learning activities help children build reading skills such as vocabulary, phonics and reading comprehension. Once you have the system (which is basically a really cool pen that reads the story, sings songs and acts out the narrative) you can purchase the books to read in any language.
LeapFrog TAG Books in French allow your child to listen and learn to read popular stories in French. Keep in mind that if you buy the French versions, they are exclusively in French, so they are either suitable for a child that already has a strong background in French, or if you want your child to get a more immersive experience.
Rosetta Stone French Level 1 is one of the best-known, most successful language programs out there. It uses an immersion method based on visual representations, which helps the child (or adult) learn the language in the same way they learned their native tongue. Their speech-recognition technology corrects pronunciation and accent. Lisa has used this for Greek, and loved it!
The only difference between the standard Rosetta Stone and Rosetta Stone Homeschool French is that the Homeschool version comes with Parent Administrative Tools, which allow the homeschooling (or any) parent to develop lesson plans, manage the student’s progress and track success. The two version seem to be priced similarly, so it’s really a matter of preference.
A great starter book, particularly if the parents don’t already speak French, The Everything Kids’ Learning French Book covers basic vocabulary and grammar in an engaging way. The puzzles and games in the book are a fun way for kids to test what they are learning.