Today, I’m sharing our family’s experience with The Educator’s French Collection by Whistlefritz, but first, the backstory…
As an educator, I know that yesterday was the best time to for my children to learn another language. Research has shown, time and time again, that early childhood is the best time for language learning. Of course, this is easier said than done when both parents only speak English.
So, how do you expose your children to another language when everyone around them speaks English? Well, you could enroll them in language lessons, but it can be challenging to find lessons for young children… plus, it can get costly.
In our homeschool, we love to dabble in languages. My children love picture books written in different languages. We’ve enjoyed television programs, like Signing Time, as well as online courses like Rosetta Stone and Duolingo.
I’ve learned that it can be challenging to hold a young child’s attention for, well, anything (ha!)… but especially for language learning. In order to capture a young child’s attention, one needs not only language immersion but also a multi-sensory, hands-on approach. And that’s what drew me to Whistlefritz.
Enrich Your Homeschool with The Educator’s French Collection by Whistlefritz
*Disclosure: I received The Educator’s French Collection byWhistlefritz at no cost and was compensated for my time to write a review. I was not required to write a positive review and, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only share products and resources that I would use with my own family and those that I believe other families will enjoy.
The Eductor’s French Collection by Whistlefritz is an award-winning French for Kids series for Pre-K and early elementary age children. Featuring multiple language-learning DVDs and CDs, the program incorporates language immersion, stories, music, dance, play, and games, making a child’s first exposure to language learning fun and memorable.
The Educator’s French Collection by Whistlefritz
The Eductor’s French Collection by Whistlefritz was developed by educators and has won dozens of awards. These lessons, CDs, videos, and games could be used in either a classroom or homeschool setting.
(Our family has been using The Educator’s French Collection, but Whistlefritz also has an Ultimate Spanish Collection which includes a boxed gift set of 5 DVDs and 3 CDs.)
The newest Whistlefritz DVD, Les Saisons (The Seasons), expands the Whistlefritz French Collection to 3 DVDs and 2 CDs. You can view the trailer for Les Saisons below (video used with permission):
Here is what is included in The Educator’s French Collection:
- Lesson Plans book – a scaffolded curriculum of 40 reproducible lessons for Pre-K and early elementary students
- 3 Videos
- 2 Music CDs
- Matching Cards game
How We Use The Educator’s French Collection by Whistlefritz in Our Homeschool
Here is what I like about this collection:
- It’s easy to follow. We easily incorporated the collection into our weekly homeschool routine.
- The materials use immersion. There is no translating or closed captions, but children pick up the language with ease.
- The DVDs feature a mouse named Fritzi and a woman named Marie. The format is simple, but my 5 and 7-year-old were captivated from the very beginning.
- The collection includes a game! As a gameschooling mom, I appreciated the memory game included. It provides a wonderful way to reinforce those new vocabulary words and work on memory!
- My kids love the songs and I love that the songs on the CD are the same as the ones featured on the DVDs. Children learn through repetition and the CDs help with that.
- My two little ones adored the entire program. They love the DVDs, they have memorized the songs, and they enjoy playing memory together.
Here are a few ways I sneak in French learning with my little two:
- We listen to the CDs in the car all the time.
- When the kids are engrossed in play, I’ll pop in a CD.
- I love that I could pop in a CD and listen to songs in French while playing LEGO with this little fella:
- The DVDs have been a great way to get my hyped-up pre-holiday kiddos to calm down before dinner… and they are learning!
- And, of course, we are huge fans of playing games throughout the day!
The Eductor’s French Collection by Whistlefritz has been a wonderful way to introduce my 5 and 7-year-olds to French in a fun, hands-on, memorable way. My children do not even think of the program as language learning, they think of it as entertainment… and that’s the best kind of learning in my book! If you have a preschooler or Kindergarten student who wishes to learn French or Spanish, I would recommend Whistlefritz!
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Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
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