French Flash Cards

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Our bonus activity this month from Raddish Kids was French flash cards to color and play with. The cards lend themselves nicely to all ages; big kids who can read may get a bit more out of them than my preschooler did, but Travis has the advantage of being at that age where his brain is like a sponge for language.

To start, we needed to color them in. As we drew, I told Travis each cards word in English and then in French.

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To make things accessible to my non-reader, I set up his table as a little French cafe!

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The set up, including a proper cup (verre) to drink his water (eau), which made it feel special.

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We practiced our French pleases and thank yous, and introduced ourselves. Enchante!

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Although it was hard for Travis to remember the French phrases, being given so many so fast, he did a good job of echoing each one back to me. We even drew up a menu (carte) to place his order. Cookies s’il vous plait!

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Bigger kids will likely take to the memory game right away, placing all the flash cards on the table and remembering the French word on the back. For Travis, we went through them a few times, but I knew it was a lot of words to send his way at once.

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Hopefully if we practice, he’ll start to pick up this beautiful language. Thanks for the bonus, Raddish!

New Household Sounds

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Today was all about the auditory for Veronika and me! I devoted our together-time today to exposing these cute little ears to a variety of sounds – it helped that big brother was at school, and the house was quiet!

Even the most mundane sound will be new to your baby, so do a walk around the house and pause at anything that makes a noise. The kitchen was full of interesting examples, from the hum of the microwave…

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…to the splash of water from the faucet.

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The kitchen timer startled her a little with its beep! Perhaps she would have preferred an old-fashioned ticking timer… I get nostalgic for childhood evenings whenever I hear that noise.

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Other good noises include the hum of a dishwasher or fridge. Some won’t be as obvious, but tune in to sounds like the opening of a drawer…

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…or the crinkle of newspaper pages.

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Even diapers make a cool noise, at changing time!

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Veronika’s favorite seemed to be the ticking of Travis’s clock. We paused calmly together to listen to the second hand work its way around.

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Overall, I liked taking a day to zero in on noises. I tend to be more tuned in to the visual than the auditory, but I could tel Veronika liked our emphasis today, too!