If you have never taught French to toddlers you may think that this can’t be that different from teaching preschoolers – after all, they are all young children.
Hint: if you think that you can just reuse your preschool French lessons with toddlers you are doomed for disaster!
I myself learned this the hard way when I first started teaching tots. For example, I quickly discovered that:
- Toddlers are not necessarily the most talkative people in the world. This should not come as a surprise – after all, these little fellows are quite new on this planet and haven’t had time to learn to speak like Shakespeare. However, for a new language teacher this can be quite puzzling and unsettling – what do you do when your audience doesn’t even speak their first language? How could you possibly teach French to (apparently) non-speaking toddlers?
- Toddlers have very short attention spans – even shorter than preschoolers! They jump from thing to thing in pursuit of the next thing that grabs their attention. How in the world can experts say that they are the best language learners out there? You would think that they are not paying attention at all! Or are they? Something doesn’t seem to match – if they are not paying attention, how can they learn language?
- Toddlers do not understand stories – which is too bad because I love working around stories. Now I would have to figure out something different in order to create the rich language experiences which young children need in order to gain high levels of proficiency in French.
- And on and on and on.
Truly, toddlers are not just different animals – they seem to come from a different planet altogether!
So I immersed myself in toddler education – from emerging math to emotional development, from movement to science, and everything in between. I would read anything that would give me clues on how to teach toddlers, no matter the subject matter (this is because I believe that the best way to teach is to target the whole child, as opposed to focusing too narrowly on an specific subject, in this case French).
I also experimented with many different things. All in all, I have found that toddlers learn more French when:
- The instruction is mainly hands-on and your toddlers get to touch, move, dance, doodle, make music, and employ all of their senses.
- You (the teacher) use whole language and don’t assume that because your students can only say a few thing that is all they understand or can learn.
- The instruction is integrated into their everyday life (you can do this by engaging the parents through parent-child classes and teaching them activities that they can replicate at home).
- There is plenty of variety but also enough cohesion to keep it all together instead of jumping from topic to topic.
- There is lots of repetition.
The French for Preschoolers E-Guide contains many sections for those of you who want to teach toddlers. Among many other things, you will learn how to:
- Develop long-term lessons that will expand during several weeks – no more nail-biting on Sunday nights!
- Create toddler-friendly French activities that will keep your students excited about coming to your class.
- Go beyond teaching colors, numbers, animals, and other isolated lists of words – your students can do much more than this and you can help them do so!
- Engage the parents if you decide so (quite a good idea). Parents can be your best assets if you know how to do it.
And the best thing is that, since the French for Preschoolers E-Guide also covers the preschool and early elementary years, you will have plenty of ideas to keep you going for a few years!
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P. S. Toddlers are new to the world and they are building a sense of what it is to be “me.” In order to build that “me,” they also need to figure out the “other.” They depend heavily on their senses for this. Understanding this is the key to teaching them.
P. S. And if that was not a small task, toddlers are also learning language! In the case of your students, two (or more) languages. Provided the best environment, they will soak up their languages like the proverbial “language sponges” that they are – but ONLY IF you do indeed provide that optimal environment. A sponge can only soak what is around them!
P. S. S. So this is your opportunity – grab your own copy of the French for Preschoolers E-Guide and learn how to create the best “French for Toddlers” environment today!
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Tania Fennell says
Is your guide to Pre school learning with materials for games, songs, etc suitable for 2—5 year olds. I have grandchildren ranging from 7 to 20 months and I want to get them all started on French?
Hi Tania, the French for Preschoolers Guide is intended to be used by teachers. However, I have other materials that your granddaughter can use use with your help. You can learn more about them at https://www.analomba.com/product-category/childrens-books-cds/. For the youngest children (younger than age 3), I highly recommend the Hop, Skip, and Sing CD https://www.analomba.com/product/hop-skip-and-sing-french-audio-cd/ Unfortunately, the CD packet is no longer available, but you can download the script and the soundtrack from that link. The other products are excellent for children older than 3.
You may also want to try a subscription for online stories (different stories than the books). The information for that is at https://www.analomba.com/product/french-stories-for-kids/.
It’s always recommended to read and do the games with your children.
I wish you all the best,