Teaching French to preschoolers and kindergarteners should involve fun ways of learning to capture the children’s powerful imaginations. They love stories, play, acting, songs…
All of our preschool products can be used with kindergarteners.
Go beyond teaching lists of colors, numbers, and days of the week. Your preschool children can do so much more!
Get them talking fluently at home and at school!
Make Teaching French to Preschoolers Fun, Using Stories, Songs, Acting, and Games!
Many of our customers are surprised that they can get children, especially 3 year olds, to talk to each other in French. But, yes, this is very possible when you use our products.
And this is what our products are designed for.
Through Ana Lomba’s many years of teaching experience and scientifically based research of how young children learn best, she’s developed many products for the home and classroom.
Using stories, songs, games, and acting, children learn French in context. This is required for fluency.
Teaching French to preschoolers in a natural, fun, best way involves experiences that are theatrical, highly active, and sensory.
Using the context of everyday activities, play, songs, and storytelling are powerful strategies for teaching French fluency.
Most of our products are designed to work together, but also they can standalone, too.
Our French Lesson Plans Are Based Around Classic Stories
We use classic stories that children are familiar with because they already have an understanding of them. This makes teaching the French version so much easier.
We are in the process of updating our lesson plans from the first edition to the second. We recently released our second edition of The Little Red Hen/La Petite Poule Rousse. For preschoolers and kindergarteners.
See our full list of lesson plans and themes.
The lesson plan units include many ideas for hands-on activities and games that you can ask the parents to use at home with their children. Engaging parents is fabulous in all respects, but perhaps the most important effect is that children have a role model and a learning companion.
Many of our customers have never taught before but can effectively use our lesson plans because you have a script. You can easily modify it to suit your needs.
Our Bilingual Stories for Home and Classroom
Hear native speakers reading the stories. Or read the stories aloud without sound.
Using Songs and Games at Home and in the Classroom
While our French lesson plans spell out which songs to use, these products are great for parents too to provide support at home for the children.
Parents, learn the songs, games, and rhymes and use them interactively with your children.
Our Play and Learn French with Audio CD (part of our Parents’ Choice Award-winning series) teaches fluent French in a fun, natural way. It’s great for the classroom and home.
For parents, at the core of Play and Learn French are 50+ everyday conversations between French moms and dads and their young kids. These conversations will help you fine-tune your ear to fluent, everyday French that you can use as you go on with your daily routines with your child.
The book also has many songs and games, including two board games at the end of the book.
Children Love Acting and Using Props at Home and the Classroom
Pretend or dramatic play is a particularly good way to learn languages. Isn’t it fantastic that preschoolers LOVE it?
You could easily say that preschool IS the age of pretend play. Some of your students will even come to class dressed up in costumes!
Pretend play may look simple, but it is actually a very sophisticated type of play. Young children begin to detach themselves from the here and now characteristic of the toddler years and start exploring important things such as
- symbolism (e.g. this is a pretend farm, not a real farm)
- cultural influences on people’s behavior and roles (e.g. what moms do, what doctors do in a particular culture)
- personality and emotions, etc., etc.
And all of this takes place through the medium of their powerful imagination!
One important thing to know is that since young children have not yet developed a high degree of symbolic thinking. They depend on props for their dramatic play (e.g. costumes, toys that resemble the real thing, and other props).
We have ToonFlips© Props to help get your preschoolers involved in a story. (These props come with our curriculum sets.)
The ToonFlips© help the children pretend to be a character from the story. They also act as cues to tell the children who is talking.
Learn More Strategies for Teaching Preschoolers
The French for Preschoolers E-Guide gives you a comprehensive view of Ana’s unique approach to immersing your students in French. You can use what you learn to inform your own program, no matter where you decide to go from there.
“I had the feeling I could teach kids but I was not sure HOW to do it and if I would really LOVE it.”
” knew we had to find the best method to do so. I am so glad we found Ana Lomba’s immersion system as it proved to be both a fantastic method and an effective guide towards our objective.” — Maria Strickland, Founder of a preschool program
In specific, you will:
- Learn how to effortlessly immerse your students in French. (Teaching lists of colors, numbers and days of the week in French is not teaching a language!)
- With the techniques she will show you, your students will be on their way to acquiring a complete language from day one.
- Discover the different types of activities that young kids enjoy doing most, so they’ll love being in class, absorb information quickly, and learn while having fun.
- Find out how to create, use and expand activities for your preschool French lesson plans. This includes…
- Tips to create activities that will help you move quickly toward meaningful, everyday communication. You don’t need to be a language expert to learn these techniques!
- Practical strategies to integrate literacy into your curriculum. Building strong reading – and writing – skills in French is an important success factor on the way to being truly bilingual.
- How to plan your own thematic units, so that you never again have to worry about what you will do tomorrow in class.
French for Preschoolers E-Guide also includes these 2 special BONUSES:
- A sample 60-minute lesson plan from one of my thematic units.
- A template you can use to start creating your own units.
And the best thing is that, since the E-Guide also covers the toddlers, preschool, and early elementary years, you will have plenty of ideas to keep you going for a few years!