"Why Bilinguals Are Smarter" - An overview of research on bilingualism from the past few years

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Why bilinguals are smarter? New York Times "Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.

Support your children's French with these great outdoor activities!

Learning French in and Around the Garden: Part One - Multilingual Living

Apprends avec Poko les saisons: highly recommended app (by my four-year-old son and Delphine's seven-year-old native speaker daughter), thanks to its contextualized vocabulary practice via interactive games; target vocab includes weather, seasons, and clothing and activities appropriate for the various seasons.  The developer offers several other similar apps (which for some reason I have been unable to download from the US iTunes store--must investigate).

Connexion à l’iTunes Store.

Jeux pour lire avec Sami et Julie (Hachette): putting syllables together to make words (recommended by Delphine)

ios: Jeux pour lire avec Sami et Julie Lite, pour iPad

J'aime lire: original stories from the popular magazine available for ages 3-5, 6-7, and 8-12; the first three are free (Delphine recommends)

J'aime lire: original stories from the popular magazine available for ages and the first three are free (Delphine recommends)

FREE Songs in French for Kids

Here are 12 French cartoons for kids to watch on-line, whether they are native French speakers or early language learners looking to practice their French!

Trouve-les tous: a la recherche des animaux (Knbmedia): learn about animals in their natural habitats with games and explanations (buy "areas of the world" via in-app purchases for additional sets of animals); available in French, English, German, and Spanish; I'm planning to download this one because I think Griffin would appreciate an animal-related game that isn't explicitly trying to teach him French words (like the spelling games and stories)

Find Them All looking for animals - learn over 140 animal names, sounds and facts in 7 different languages

Tips, resources and inspiration on raising children in French

Bringing up Baby Bilingual french resource

abricot: interactive magazine by Fleurus; available in English, French, and German; highly recommended by Delphine

abricot: interactive magazine by Fleurus; available in English, French, and German; highly recommended by Delphine

Passeport du CP au CE1 (Hachette): for when Griffin can read and is a couple of years older (recommended by Delphine)

Passeport du CP au (Hachette): for when Griffin can read and is a couple of years older (recommended by Delphine)

Check out Karen Nemeth's website for dual language support and tips!

An excellent resource for preschool teachers and administrators by Karen Nemeth.

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