A former teacher and tutor, Kenna enjoys helping children live a better life, understanding the importance of helping them become leaders.
Whistlefritz “On Va Jouer” DVD is a successful way to conduct French language lessons for preschoolers. It is entirely in French, "Oh mon Dieu!”
Teaching Foreign Language to Preschoolers
When my daughter was almost two, a pretty, friendly, and kind Italian woman spoke Italian to her. My daughter smiled and looked pleased. The Italian woman said my daughter understood what she spoke in Italian.
My daughter is American and never heard Italian until, surprisingly, this nice woman spoke to her, and she understood.
An idea came to mind. Preschoolers easily understand a foreign language because their native language is still new to them.
Early Childhood Education
The National Parenting Association reports that babies learn foreign languages without difficulty. Teaching a foreign language to children at an early age benefits their learning ability and any other language concepts.
A fancy word for knowing two languages is called bilingualism. In a New York Times article, "Why Bilinguals Smarter," being bilingual makes people smarter. It helps people become more aware of their language and develop an ability that keeps them cognitive of what is happening around them.
Vouloir c’est pouvoir - When there’s a will, there’s a way.
Basic French Language
Whistlefritz believes kids learn foreign languages easily, which I agree with based on what I witnessed between my daughter and the Italian woman.
So, the company dedicated a whole DVD teaching French to preschoolers, which I purchased for my daughter. I should note that the company produces DVDs for preschoolers to learn other languages like Spanish.
French for Kids: On Va Jouer, Let’s Play was fun to watch, but I could not tell what they talked about because it was all in French.
Years later, my daughter learned French because she became a ballerina, so learning French fluently is her goal, and she is doing great with her French classes. She traveled to Quebec, Canada, and practiced her French with ease. I base her success on the Whistlefritz French DVD.
French for Kids
Conversational French Lessons
After my daughter and I played around with the DVD, I decided to help myself out even though my daughter did great. I turned on the French subtitles. I understood the words better and did the lessons better, but my daughter was still better than me.
The French did not come easy for me, and my daughter mastered the lessons. We invited other kids to join us, and they picked up the French right away. The ones who watched it were engaged. “Hélas!” It appears to be easier for kids.
Marie, the host on the DVD, engaged the kids by using animated facial expressions, inspired the kids, kept the kids engaged, and speaks French fluently.
Between the conversational pieces are five songs playing to keep the kids engaged. As a result, the kids were totally into the program and sang along. They were singing French songs and laughing.
Foreign Language at an Early Age
I continued to work with the kids and discovered each kid followed along with the DVD and easily interacted with the French questions. I had a hard time keeping up with the DVD. The kids were patient with me and encouraged me to keep trying.
After we finished the DVD, I decided you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Preschoolers learn French or any foreign language with ease. According to the National Parenting Association, once they reach three, learning a foreign language is tougher. It gets tougher each subsequent year. The point is to start teaching your children a foreign language at an early age, preschool. They will enjoy it, too!
I discovered this chart while looking for more Frenching teaching tools. I used this with my kids, and they learned the words right away.
I then crafted more French charts similar to the original one and used them with the kids. Eventually, the kids helped me make the practice charts, and learning French became a creative time for all of us.
Fais Toujours de ton mieux même si personne ne regarde. – Always do your best, even if no one’s looking.
Videos Teaching Foreign Languages
I found this video on YouTube. I played it for my kids, and they had a hard time a first, then caught on and did pretty good using their French.
Conversational French Practice
I practiced with the DVD by myself and slowly started picking up the French words and their meaning. After I did this, I found it easier to work with the kids and learn French.
I tried practicing with the video first, and that went better with the kids, too.
I suggest you do the same, so you have an easier time helping your kids learn a foreign language.
Studies on Teaching Foreign Language to Preschoolers
- Learning foreign languages in primary schools: is younger better? | Multilingualism Empowering Indi
Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS). A flagship project to revitalize Modern Languages and shape UK language policy shows how multilingualism can empower individuals and transform societies.
© 2014 Kenna McHugh
Kenna McHugh (author) from Northern California on September 12, 2014:
Joseph Ray on September 12, 2014:
Like LeslieAdrienne said, it is proven linguistic fact that are brains are programmed to acquire a language. At some stage in our development, this programming having accomplished its purpose goes away. This usually happens as you enter the teen years is my understanding, which in the USA when we start teaching kids second languages. The reason the USA has so few bilingual people compared to other countries is because of this actually. Other countries do start earlier than we do. If you learn a second language while this programming is still in your brain, it makes learning a third or fourth language later on easier as well.
Kenna McHugh (author) from Northern California on June 21, 2014:
Interesting. Is the 21 years or 21 months?
Leslie A. Shields from Georgia on June 21, 2014:
When children are born, they have the capacity to learn any, and/or several languages. (God did it). The language or languages they are exposed to the most often are the languages they will learn.
The physicality that is associated with creating the specific "sounds" of any language are strengthened through the use of a specific language. Once a primary language or languages has been established in a child, the ability to easily make unique sounds associated with other languages begins to atrophy. So, at birth a child can easily learn the pronunciations of any language, but by the time they are 21, "rolling the r" in Spanish becomes difficult....