Post by Line G. on Mar 7, 2016 5:54:04 GMT 9
I found a new cool resource I wanted to share with others who are teaching french to their kids: a calendar called "Un mot par jour". It's from "Les incollables", a collection with a broad range of learning resources aimed at french pupils.
It's a calendar with a word on each page, its definition, a funny illustration, and a question to expand a bit on the context surrounding the word. The stated aim is to study a new word with the child every day, my son however has no regard for this and we're at a rate of 20 words a day since he's opened it. And only because I refuse to explain all 365 ones before dinner.
My husband complains that the silly illustrations are distracting and should be a more realistic depiction of the word of the day. I personally think they're the main reason my kid keeps bugging me with new words to explain. They're also a really good start to conversation as we discuss why the illustration is funny or absurd (for example, the word "catfish" is illustrated with a catfish chasing a mouse under water. I think explaining the play on word is half the fun!)
I have the version for 5-6 years old ("grande section") but there is one for each level of primary school as well. I use it to expand spoken vocabulary, but with older kids it should also be a great help with literacy as well.
I find the range of words offered (mostly) very good. They're not too complex for a 4-5 years old, but they're also the kind of words that don't come up every day in conversation. Even if the child has already heard it, it's a good way to reinforce it. I've put it up on the living room table, and my son opens it on his own, looking for a page he finds appealing.
Overall a good fit for us, and a nice addition to our "read aloud" time.