Resources

Simple Stories in *Chinese* (For Older Kids)

04/21/2020Mandarin Resources

Resources for Older Children Learning Chinese Our resources page has lots of stories and songs in Chinese for preschoolers. Today’s post, however, features stories for older kids. Stories that are appealing to younger learners can often work for older kids, but just in case they...

Simple Stories in *French* (For Older Kids)

04/20/2020French Resources

Stories for Older Children Our resources page for children and families learning French at home has many songs and stories for preschoolers, but there is also lots of great content available for older children! One resource that is great for older kids is Alice Ayel....

Simple Songs in *French*: Old MacDonald

04/15/2020French Resources

Why Songs? Children love songs, which makes them a great tool for language learning. For children learning French, it is best to introduce them to songs that they already know in English. This way they will be more interested and also they will be able...

Simple Songs in “Chinese”: Old MacDonald

04/15/2020Mandarin Resources

Why Songs? It is no secret that children love songs. Early in my career, I tried to get young children to expand their taste to at least the Beatles and maybe the Beach Boys. Most of them were not having it. Kids are going to...

Simple Stories in *French*: The Ugly Duckling

04/14/2020French Resources

Classic Stories in French Reading (and listening to) a familiar story in French is a great way to learn the language. Many children already know the story of the Ugly Duckling. If your child does not know the story, make sure they hear or read...

Simple Stories in *Chinese*: The Ugly Duckling

04/14/2020Mandarin Resources

Learning a Classic in Chinese Many children know the story of the Ugly Duckling. If your child does not know the story of the Ugly Duckling, please make sure they they hear it before tackling the same story in Chinese. Being familiar with a story...

Simple Stories in *French*: Animal Edition

04/13/2020French Resources

Why Simple Stories Children love hearing stories in French that they already know in English. A good place to start with simple stories in French is our previous post here. If your child is ready for slightly more complex stories than those, but still quite...

Simple Stories in *Chinese*: Animal Edition

04/13/2020Mandarin Resources

More Simple Stories in Chinese Children love to hear familiar stories in a new language. In case the stories posted here are too simple (or parents have heard them too many times), today we bring you more stories. They are also a bit more complex....

Simple Stories in *Chinese*

04/09/2020Mandarin Resources

Why Stories? Stories are a great way to learn language. Many children love to hear beloved stories repeated again and again, which is great for language learning. Simple Stories in Chinese to Get Your Started Many children know and love No David! and it is...

Simple Stories in *French*

04/09/2020French Resources

Why Stories? Stories are a great way to learn any language. Learners should start with stories that are very simple so that they can follow along. It also helps to read stories that learners already know, so that they can better understand them in the...

Songs in *Chinese* for Language Learners

04/07/2020Mandarin Resources

Why Songs? Songs can be a great way for language learners to acquire language. This page has six songs to help your child learn Chinese. It is important that leaners be able to understand the meaning of each songs. Each song here is either very...

Songs in *French* for Language Learners

04/07/2020French Resources

Why Songs? Songs can be a great way for language learners to acquire language. This page has six songs to help your child learn French. It is important that leaners be able to understand the meaning of each songs. Each song here is either very...

Day 11: Fun with *French* at Home

04/06/2020French Resources

Beginning song: Tourne, tourne, petit moulin is a simple song that features a windmill and some familiar animals (2 min) Story Time: Trotro et Zaza et les émotions  is a simple and easy-to-follow story for learners (1:20 min) If you would like to review the...

Day 11: Fun with *Chinese* at Home

04/06/2020Mandarin Resources

Beginning Song: “How old are you?” is a short, simple song for Chinese language learners.  (1 min) Story Time: Lemons Are Not Red is a great book for learners because it has simple text and shows lots of fruits, vegetables and animals that many children...

Day 10: Fun with *French* at Home

04/03/2020French Resources

Beginning song: “Fly, fly, fly butterfly” is another spring-themed song (2 min) Story time: More Barbapapa The Barbapapa stories are modern classics and we have two more today with a nature/outside theme: Barbapapa at the Farm (3 min) Barbapapa in the Garden (2:21 min) Activity:...

Day 10: Fun with *Chinese* at Home

04/03/2020Mandarin Resources

Beginning Song: This is a classic Chinese nursery song. The video only has the lyrics in Chinese characters, the pinyin and an English translation is below. Find a Friend (1:30 min) Zhǎo ya zhǎo ya zhǎo péngyǒu zhǎodào yīgè hǎo péngyǒu jìng gè lǐ ya...

Day 9: Fun with *French* at Home

04/02/2020French Resources

Today we have some songs and stories with a ladybug/Eric Carle theme. We hope that you and your child enjoy! Beginning Song: This songs about lady bugs is nice and slow for language learners to follow along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6yWzBtLiBU (2:18) Story time: Eric Carle Stories in...

Day 9: Fun with *Chinese* at Home

04/02/2020Mandarin Resources

Beginning Song in Chinese “It is small” is a simple song about sizes and weights that beginner learners should be able to follow (1 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcXnkqgTvPU Story time in Chinese Where is spot? is a familiar story for many learners. There is lots of repetition...

Preschool at Home Videos

04/01/2020Resources

New Videos for Preschool Families In order to serve our preschool families, the International School of San Antonio has created a video series: Preschool at Home. In these videos, we show parents how to do preschool activities. These videos are in English, in order to...

Day 8: Fun with *French* at Home

04/01/2020French Resources

Today in French we have several classic songs and stories. Beginning Song Sing the “Itsy-bitsy spider” in French and practice the accompanying hand gestures (2 min) “Les Petits Poissons” is a simple song with a familiar tune (1:30 min) Story time: This story is the Peppa...

Day 8: Fun with *Chinese” at Home

04/01/2020Mandarin Resources

Today will have a bunch of songs, stories and activities that are mostly about fruits and vegetables! Beginning song in Chinese: The classic song the “Itsy-bitsy Spider” is also in Chinese! There are several different versions out there, I chose this one because it is...

Day 7: Fun with *French* at Home

03/31/2020French Resources

Beginning Songs Children may already know the song “Wheels on the Bus” and the accompanying hand gestures. Here it is in French: (with subtitles) (2 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YtFDzZ-kbw A more complex song is “Ah les crocodiles” which may be fun for kiddos who have outgrown “Wheels...

Day 7: Fun with *Chinese* at Home

03/31/2020Mandarin Resources

Beginning Song: Pulling the Radish This is a very popular Chinese children’s song about a particularly stubborn radish (luóbo) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcvMtXc8UYA (2:30, gets started 30 seconds in) There is no pinyin in the video, so here it is below: Bá luóbo, bá luóbo, āiyō āiyō,...

Day 6: Fun with French at Home

03/30/2020French Resources

Beginning song: If You’re Happy and You Know it “If You’re Happy and You Know it” has a French version! This video has the lyrics in French to help you and your child follow along (3:20 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77ubN-KwM_Q Story time: The Big Pancake This story...

Day 6: Fun with Chinese at Home

03/30/2020Mandarin Resources

Beginning Song: Clap Your Hands in Chinese This is the the Chinese version of “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands” (1:25, takes about 20 seconds to get going): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9j9r1oQ48c The video just shows the lyrics in Chinese, so the the pinyin...

Day 5: Fun with *French* at Home

03/27/2020French Resources

Today’s Theme is About Body Parts in French Beginning Song I know that at least one of our ISSA students loves snails. This song is about a little snail and his little house (2 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Islf7AROIQ Lyrics: Petit escargot porte sur son dos Sa maisonnette...

Day 5: Fun with *Chinese* at Home

03/27/2020Mandarin Resources

Today’s theme is about body parts in Chinese Song in Chinese: Jasmine Flowers “Jasmine flowers” is a beautiful song, and a classic for a reason, even though it is a hard to hit all the notes perfectly!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqIOQCPHMr4 (2 minutes) The captions in the video...

Day 4: Fun with *French* at Home

03/26/2020French Resources

Learning about Family Members in French Today’s activity plan is all about families, including animal families, Barbapapa* families and our own families! *Barbapapa is the name of the character and his species 🙂 Songs about Families in French Turtle family (with subtitles in French)(1:52) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EepBWlL2a2w...

Day 4: Fun with *Chinese* at Home

03/26/2020Mandarin Resources

Learning about Family and Zoo Animals in Chinese Today’s activity plan is about family members. The stories include some common zoo animals. Students will be able to identify some family members in Chinese after completing the activity plan. Chinese Songs with Family Members Finger family...

Day 3: Fun with *French* at Home

03/25/2020Resources

Have your child draw two of each animal to make a homemade version of the game memory (also called concentration). Older children can write in the names of the animals in French. Children can pay with more or fewer of the animals depending on how difficult they want the game to be. Try to use the French names for the animals as you play the game, e.g. “Quel est cet animal?” “un chien!”

Day 3: Fun with *Chinese* at Home

03/25/2020Resources

The lyrics in the video are all in characters so here they are in pinyin and English Liǎng zhī lǎohǔ liǎng zhī lǎohǔ pǎo dé kuài pǎo dé kuài yī zhǐ méiyǒu ěrduǒ yī zhǐ méiyǒu wěibā zhēn qíguài Two tigers, two tigers run fast. One has no ears, one has no tail. Very strange.

Day 2: Fun with *French* at Home

03/25/2020Resources

Directions: Three part cards should be cut into three pieces: one card with both the picture and the word, one with just the picture and one with just the word. Have your child make Montessori three part cards to recognize the words for the colors. It will use a lot of ink to print out the colors, so have your child color in the correct colors. A free template for making three part cards is on Teachers Pay Teachers (must create an account).

Day 2: Fun with *Chinese* at Home

03/25/2020Resources

The lyrics are in traditional characters. Have your child make Montessori three part cards to recognize the characters for the colors. It will use a lot of ink to print out the colors, so have your child color in the correct colors. A free template for making three part cards is on Teachers Pay Teachers (must create an account).

Day 1: Fun with *FRENCH* at Home

03/25/2020Resources

The directions to this game are in French, but if is intuitive enough for non-French speaking parents to help their kids. Have your child listen to the directions in French and then count in French. Counting game for animals: https://lululataupe.com/4-6-ans/jeux-educatifs/805-combien-d-animaux (about 6 minutes to play game from start to finish)

Day 1: Fun With *Chinese* at Home

03/24/2020Resources

The lyrics in pinyin and English are: Liǎng gè xiǎo wáwá ya zhèngzài dǎ diànhuà ya wèi wèi wèi nǐ zài nǎlǐ ya? Āi āi āi wǒ zài yòu'éryuán. Wèi wèi wèi nǐ zài zuò shénme? Āi āi āi wǒ zàixué chànggē.