- Reviewed on Friday, December 5, 2008
- Grades Used: 2nd through 4th and continuing
- Dates used: 2006 to present
As a former French teacher, I am a big fan of this curriculum for many reasons.
Unlike many other programs, using this consistently will actually yield a child who speaks the target language. I did find the layout a little confusing at first but with that said, it's not impossibly difficult to figure out.
It is a very natural way to learn a language and those who are into Charlotte Mason will appreciate the approach. But don't think you have to be a CM lover to love the curriculum. Very clear and concise explanations, a good use of international French (unaccented French) and a very sound methodology into foreign language learning make this a fantastic curriculum.
I do also want to note that Marie, the owner and writer, provides phenomenally fantastic customer service. There is a yahoo group where you can ask questions and she will answer them, and when I ordered she simply said--if you need anything call me. And she means it!
Over all a great experience with the curriculum!
- Reviewed on Thursday, October 30, 2008
- Grades Used: 6th & 7th
- Dates used: 2008
This is a very parent and child friendly curriculum. There are a wide variety of activities to choose from, so that you can tailor it to the needs of your family. There are hands on type activities, worksheets, games, bible memory verses, songs and cooking. The beauty of it is that you can do as much or as little as you like.
The package consists of the text, along with 2 enhanced audio CD's which have extra worksheets on them, so you can print out what you need for each child. There is cultural information, trivia and idioms, for example we have learnt the French equivalent for 'six of one, half a dozen of the other' - the direct translation from the French means 'It's cabbages green and green cabbages'. So there is lots of information that helps put the language in context, so it makes sense.
You could easily use this program with children of different ages, and there is an independent learner section that guides older students to work independently.
It is a very natural way to learn a language, using "French weave" - part Franch, part English. So you start learning and understanding the language straight away, without the need to memorise vocabulary or use dictionaries. Another feature of the program that we love is that you learn French phonics. This is a vary familiar and comfortable system if you used phonics in learning to read.
There is no need for the parent to speak French - I don't! I find that I am learning along with the children without even trying. We spend about 10 minutes a day on French. It is quick and easy, doesn't require lots of parental prep time or grading time, it's fun for the kids, and it actually works!