Sunday, December 4, 2011
Le Français Facile! Junior (Easy French Jr) - A Review
Age Range: K-3rd grade
Company: Great Commission Languages
Other Products Available:
Various levels of Easy French
Various levels of Easy Spanish
Brief Intro: (from the website)
Le Français Facile! Level I was designed to be great for a family with multiple children of different ages. If you have mostly younger children though, you may want to consider the new Junior level which is targeted specifically at K-3 grade levels. It contains 34 all new lessons written to a younger audience. The character illustrations have even been redrawn as younger versions of the Level I characters (Cherie is VERY cute as a young kitten). There is more focus on the stories and songs (more new songs have been incorporated), and less focus on gramar and writing - perfect for younger children.
Sample Lessons - free online
Sampler CD - $15 (credited off order if you decide to buy curriculum later)
As a member of the crew, I was given a choice of French or Spanish. Living in upstate New York, close to the Canadian border, I chose French. French Jr level. It comes with a manual and 2 CDs. The CDs have all the lessons on them, so that you may listen to the stories and hear the correct pronunciation of the words ( a big help ). CD1 is an enhanced CD, which you can load on your computer to print out the coloring sheets and activities.
Jr. Level is geared to grades K-3rd. The stories are cutesy. The coloring sheets are simple. Games and songs are included with the younger set in mind. This younger version's goal is to focus mainly on the stories and the songs. It is to get the younger ones used to hearing the language, to gain an appreciate for the beauty of it.
It incorporates different learning styles. With the audio of stories and songs. Following along visually in the book. Hands-on learning with the worksheets and coloring pages. Instructions of how to play some French games for the active learners.
We had a rocky start. But that was my fault for trying to jump right into it with my girls, instead of taking the time to look over the book, website, and CD to get a better feel for the program before beginning. I have since done all of those things, and understand the plan better now.
It is designed for multi-ages and the manual stresses that the "program works for you", not the other way around. So make the best of it; do what works for your family. My 2yo will listen to the story and color the cute little coloring sheets of kittens and little girls, etc. My older children listen to the stories and then to the vocabulary (repeating the pronunciation and meaning after the teacher). They used some of the worksheets. My oldest daughter decided to keep a notebook, writing down the words and their meanings, along with a phonics-reminder of pronunciation.
I haven't made a final decision about the program yet, but plan to keep using it and see how it goes. I have hopes that my children will get more excited about it as they learn more words and enjoy using them on their own in everyday conversation.
I do already know that I love the company and what it stands for. The company is called Great Commission Languages for a reason. Find out more here.
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Disclaimer: I received this curriculum free of charge to review, as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The above is just my opinion. Please remember that opinions may, and do, vary.