I never really found anything really interesting on the Internet for French. Maybe because its grammar is a real doozy, with many many rules for conjugations, COD, COI etc? If we don't get those right, then we reach a plateau really quickly and stay there...my personal opinion only.
However, in print, there is a wealth of materials available according to age and reading level (yea!). I recommend the kididoc series (ages 2-5), pop ups and all around very interesting themes, then there are the Larousse des pourquoi (5-9), then Dokeo (5-9, and 9-12, and adolescents). You can get subscriptions and receive monthly magazines Science et Vie Junior (I believe you have a son with a mechanical bent?) that covers everything that is scientific and written for older kids all the way to junior high. Le petit quotidien which touches on current affairs but written with the young audience in mind. You can get monthly book deliveries pre-selected by age, through to basic economics for teens....so browse through the many options on www.bayard-jeunesse.com, and I am sure you can opt for the digital version for many magazines there.
It was very nice for my kids to know that once a month, they got a new book in the post that was just for them, a weekly "newspaper", and a fresh magazine ever so often.
Should you you want a more formal lesson plan centered around grammar and such, then the CNED site is excellently done, albeit more academic. Each year's lessons are grouped into modules of 6 weeks each, and academically your children will get the basics of French grammar down by grade level, in accordance with the French National program. All lessons come with CDs, Internet access to own account, and homework is sent to France for correction by French teachers working under the aegis of the French Education Ministry.
Thank you Reina, I am new to Pinterest. I will try looking around the site using French key words and see what I come up with.
Serina, thank you for all of those resources. I have been on the CNED website many times but I find the site very tedious to navigate. I still haven't figured out how to access the material quickly to incorporate into our homeschool. But the idea of using this resource intrigues me, so I keep trying.
Maybe you have some tips on how to view the material in a different way. I feel like I have to go through each activity to see the overall scope or syllabus of the course. I go through the tab "l’Académie en ligne", then select "Ecole" and chose the lower grades and finally the subjects. What I really need (to plan my lessons) is to know what material will be covered when. To know that in Histoire-Géographie - CP they will have a reading, writing and art assignment to complete in week one. Also, Under Sommaire, is each séquence 1 week of study? If I followed each activity, would that be a complete year of school or do I need to further supplement with more activities or reading? In the Sommaire (ex. Histoire-Géographie-CP), it references page numbers, is there a corresponding text book I need? AGGGGG, the more I look at the site, the more questions I always have.
I just went on the site, and see what you mean. Academie-en-ligne was set up recently, when I was finishing off with CNED. I eyeballed the materials for CE2 as that was the grade I relied on CNED most for quite a few subjects. I feel that they are really meant to be used as complements to the teaching materials, and that the chapters refer to the concepts covered in the actual course manuals.
You pay maybe 200-300 dollars for the entire year's materials (manuals, CDs, guides, homework sheets, postage labels, Internet access to your account, a teacher in France following your child...). I forget the amount but as I don't remember it, I must have felt I got every penny's worth. The manuals are divided into 5 sequences, max 6 weeks per sequence. At the end of each sequence, there is an evaluation that the child does and sends off to France (the site gives you a time period for submission of each evaluation). A few weeks later, you will receive corrections plus your child's work returned with comments from the French teacher scribbled directly onto the paper. Each chapter's new vocabulary (as I remembered it) could be consulted on the CD for pronunciation as well as on the Internet account that is set up to your child's CNED ID (and I presume here the materials on academie en ligne will seem logical). It is all extremely easy to use (Serina-proof so trust me, anyone else can definitely use it). You won't have to tear your hair out because the material is set up for the entire year and you can almost do it blindfolded as a parent. You can also measure your child's progress on the site in relation to other children doing your chosen subject via CNED for that year. Everyone I know who has used CNED (including me) loves it.
If if this is too heavy, I just remembered 2 other resources:
a) cahier des vacances from Hachette Jeunesse. It is basically for use during the long summer vacation eg CE2 vers CM1. Each page takes around 10-20 mins to do, more "fun", and allows the child to start the new year without having "forgotten" anything as some parents have complained that the long break drives all knowledge out of their children's heads, haha.
b) cahier du jour/soir from Magnard. It covers the entire program by grade level and is usually used by some families to reinforce the concepts taught in school for either the weaker students or the tiger moms.
I have never used them but they are real bestsellers in France and I know people who swear by them. If I remember correctly, you live in Canada? I checked and you can buy them off amazon Canada.
Hahaha, I am Asian, so people look at me and already pre-label me the Tiger Mom!
Hope you find what you need, bayard jeunesse is really quite wonderful. Sorry I don't know much about the Internet sites similar to what you mentioned for English, we really remain quite old-fashioned (according to my teen, I belong to the last century). But Amazon is my best friend.
SheilaC: I am concern about our upcoming big change to Public school with all English teaching and minimal Spanish. We have been lucky until now with Spanish speaking Nanny and Spanish immersion preschool. We are doing 2-day per week with Spanish after school.
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Amy: @sheilac, I suggest you create an actual thread on the "Questions & Concerns" board, so fellow Zoo Keepers can help you with your concerns. 256 characters is too little to discuss something that is so important to your heart
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Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for that very interesting and timely post - it justifies the large order for ml books and DVDs I'm about to place in view of my daughters upcoming birthday!
Jun 3, 2019 23:46:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Great to hear this, Mayken! And happy birthday to both yours and mine! (They have the same birthday, don't they?) And if anyone missed that post, here's the link once more...
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