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The Rooms of the House in French (French lesson for kids)

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 Les Pièces de la Maison Download the 'rooms of the house' bilingual flashcards here More videos 3-6 Je fais le tour de ma maison - Nursery Rhyme in French Je fais le tour de ma maison Je fais le tour de la maison,  (Draw a circle with your finger on your face) Je ferme les volets,  (Run fingers over eyes to close eyelids) Je descends l’escalier, (Walk the index and middle fingers down the face to the mouth) Je ferme la porte (Close mouth with finger) Et je tourne la clef clic clac clic chut (Move up the nose and lightly pinch the nose from left to right with the fingers) Je fais le tour de la maison (Draw a circle with your finger on your face) Quand tout est bien fermé (Mimic a key closing the door from left to right) Je file me coucher (Put both hands together, close to his cheek) Car je suis attendu au pays des tortues. (Place your right hand closed into the fist over your outstretched left hand) Ma Maison - Song in French  Ding dong fait la sonnette Comme une chansonnette 

Join my French baking class!

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I am excited to invite you all to my first online  French Baking Workshop where we will learn French while baking a typical French dessert: Une tarte aux pommes !  Baking or cooking stimulates our 5 senses and it is the best way to learn a new language, isn't it? I have a nice personal story to tell you about the tarte aux pommes, à la française or French Apple Tart. But first, you need to know that a tarte aux pommes is not an apple pie but an apple tart. The apples are not cooked under the pie crust but on top of it. The apple slices are thin and even. It requires more time and patience to arrange them one by one on the pastry. It's kind of an art. In French, we say: C'est tout un art ! Here's my story. When I was young, I hated baking tartes aux pommes. I did not understand why I should cut thin slices of apples and take "hours" arranging them on the pastry. I much preferred throwing uneven bits of apples on the pastry. I remember saying to my mom that in

About me

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 I am Margot, a passionate language teacher since 1995. I am also a children's book author .  I am fascinated by languages, and I have studied quite a few including English, modern Greek, Spanish, Persian, Bengali, Chinese and Quechua. I am also fond of literature (British, American and of course French!). That is why I have decided to study English and French at Paris 7 University, in France. I graduated in 2001 and became a language teacher! I especially love teaching children. I started as an English teacher in a primary school in Paris, France, then became a school teacher in a bilingual (French & English) kindergarten and primary school in Montpellier, south of France. These first experiences taught me a lot. You can learn all sorts of teaching theories in books or at University, but nothing replaces a solid field expertise. What is more, teaching children is so rewarding, isn't it? In 2012, after teaching in lots of different schools and companies (for adults), I crea

Learn how to write in legible handwriting in French

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In France, children start writing French in  legible handwriting  in grade 1, called CP (Cours Préparatoire) in France. The script is for reading only.  Script and cursive fonts differ in the way they are written. Script is a type of lettering that is written with a pen in one continuous stroke. Cursive, on the other hand, is characterized by its  flowing lines  and  connected letters . The main advantage of cursive writing is its  much higher writing speed , as the movement involves far fewer lifts of the pencil with linked letters. Four or five generations ago, writing was a slow, laborious art. At the end of the 19th century, with the widespread education revolution and the multiple uses of writing in industrial societies, it became important to improve writing speed. It was at this point that writing systems were developed to accelerate writing speed without sacrificing legibility. To practice French legible handwriting, as taught in French schools, print out the traditional Seyes

Body - Parts of the Face in French

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Bonjour les enfants ! Comment ça va ? Let's talk about parts of the face in French (les parties du visage). You might like  my flashcards on the parts of the face in French . You can use them as cards to play Memory Games,  posters or coloring pages. All my flashcards are bilingual (French and English). Parts of the Face video Fun Parts of the face video in French J'ai perdu mon visage   J'ai un petit problème. J'ai perdu mon visage. Oh ! Il est là ! Mon visage est là.  Avec mes yeux, mon nez, ma bouche, mes lèvres, ma langue (BLBLBL). C'est mon visage. (Tous droits réservés /All rights reserved - Margot Lossouarn) If you are interested in our pen pal program (letter exchanges and Zoom classes) between English-speaking and French-speaking kids, please visit my website www.penpals4kids.net

It's winter! There's snow! C'est l'hiver, la neige est arrivée !

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It's winter and there is snow here in France! C'est l'hiver et il y a de la neige en France ! Let's sing a great winter song and learn or review winter clothes in French together: Faisons un bonhomme de neige (HeyKids) Habillons-nous, et allons jouer dehors C'est déjà l'hiver Faisons un bonhomme de neige. Habillons-nous, et allons jouer dehors Couvre-toi bien, il fait si froid La neige est arrivée. Fais une boule de neige Pose-la par terre Roule boule roule  (Et) voilà elle est parfaite ! Fais une deuxième boule Un peu plus petite Mets-la par-dessus Et voilà son petit bidon ! Une dernière boule Posée tout en haut Fais bien attention Il ne doit pas perdre sa tête ! Ajoutons les yeux Avec ces deux boutons Quelques cailloux pour ses dents  Et une carotte pour le nez. Il lui faut des bras Prenons ces bâtons Une écharpe autour du cou Il ne prendra pas froid Il manque une dernière chose Pour bien s'amuser Ce chapeau magique sur sa tête Et le tour est joué ! To lea