As I travel through France with my daughter, I am constantly reminded that learning languages is so much easier when you are young! Did you take high-school French? I studied Spanish, and it is some sort of strange brain connection that makes me want to speak Spanish when confronted with a foreign language I don’t know, such as French. Has that ever happened to you? Ha ha ha!!
Back to the topic of kids, I was recently introduced (thanks Scott!) to a new program for teaching French to your kids. I love this idea! It is the brainchild of Kristin Jangro and her site LanguageMom.com. With family in France, Kristin decided she wanted her two boys to learn French. She spent an extensive amount of time and money buying all the programs she could find, but found them all lacking three key elements: personal interaction, consistency and progression. Frustrated, she set out to develop her own program.
Her program for 3-7 year olds includes 26 weekly lessons, each with a different theme. Each lesson includes a study plan, study sheets and a video. The LanguageMom.com website also includes some great free resources for parents who are raising kids interested in other countries, cultures and languages.