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The Key to Raising a Confident Learner

Posted 9/3/2019

Learning is an interesting thing. When we are young, learning is fun. We love it. We’re discovering the world around us, and it’s exhilarating. That’s how we all start, but then later in life, many of us begin to lose that love for learning. That’s unfortunate, and it doesn’t have to be, or at least we can hold it off as long as possible.

One of the reasons we start to lose our enthusiasm for learning is that we tend to focus on our weaknesses rather than our strengths. It seems to make sense to us. If we struggle in math, then we should focus on math to get better at it. If we don’t do well in spelling, we need to practice that more. What if we have it backward?

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Finding your Child's Favourite Books

Posted 24/2/2019

 

Children's books are an extremely important tool for families hoping to introduce French as a second language at home. However, it can be difficult to find books that are simple enough for second language learners. Ne vous inquiétez pas- I'm here to help! 

Here's a visual list of my favourite French books, organized by age group (infants, toddlers, preschoolers/SK), followed by a few tips on choosing books for that age.

Many of the books listed below belong to a series (ex: Pat le chat, Je t'aime de la tête aux pieds, etc.) be sure to check them out as well! 

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5 Reasons Why We Ask You To Participate In Your Child’s Learning

Posted 31/1/2019

Today’s parents feel the pull of many demands on their time.  Work, family, physical health, sleep, extracurricular activities, education, and more all demand more time that you have.  With all that demand, why should you also take part in your child’s education?

123 Petit Pas offers French classes for young children (infants and toddlers) and their parents.  The question is: Why does 123 Petit Pas involve parents in the classes? The answer is that 123 Petit Pas believes the benefits from parental involvement are so great that it’s absolutely worth it for parents to find the time to take part in the classes.  So, how will it benefit you and your child?

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You’re Not Alone – 5 Tips for Raising a Bilingual Child When Only You Speak the Language

Posted 25/1/2019

Teaching your child a second language can be a rewarding experience for both you and your child.  However, many parents who would like to have their child learn a second language are hesitant if other members of the family don’t also speak that second language.  This can cause parents to wait until their child is in school and just have the school teach the language. This is unfortunate, though, because not only is the child missing out on several years of learning the second language, but there are also several side-benefits to learning a second language at an early age that the child is missing out on.

However, I do understand the difficult situation you may be in if you are the only one in the family that speaks that second language.  This is especially true if your spouse doesn’t speak the language.  Not only may you wonder if you can handle teaching the second language on your own, but you may be concerned about your spouse (or other members of the family) feeling excluded. I want to help you to not only start teaching your child a second language well before they enter school, but also help you to do it in a way that isn’t overwhelming for you and doesn’t make other family members feel left out.
 

So, here are 5 tips for teaching your child a second language, when you are the only one in the family who speaks that language.

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24 Jours de français Advent Calendar

Posted 23/11/2018

With our programs taking a little pause for the Holidays, we wanted to be sure that this didn’t mean a pause in your French practice! We’ve created an interactive Advent Calendar that will allow anyone and everyone to practice French with their little ones at home.

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Add some French Practice to your Holidays!

Posted 22/11/2018

 
If after reading this title you thought, "Why would anyone want to spend their holidays practicing a language?" it probably means your past experiences with language learning haven't been too amusing and we're here to help! It’s SO important to make language learning relevant and fun and the winter holidays can be a very helpful time to do just that. As always, this article is for ANYONE hoping to introduce French to their babies, toddlers, or young children. No matter how little or how much French knowledge you have yourself, there are many ways to introduce the language at home.


We've compiled the ultimate list of entertaining ways to introduce your family to some French this holiday season.

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Dear Santa, Help us Introduce French at Home!

Posted 17/11/2018

 

We know a lot of friends and family will be dying to spoil your little ones with gifts this Holiday Season and we’re here to help you make a list of gifts that will be helpful to their language learning journey. Hey- if you have to bring that large obnoxious buzzing toy home, it might as well be helping them learn a second language right? ;)

Here’s our list of favourite French toys & Children's Books :

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The Dos and Don’ts of Baby Talk

Posted 25/10/2018

 Being a part of a few online communities for new parents, I have noticed that this is a frequent topic of concern. Some are worried that close family or friends “baby talking” to their little one might have a negative affect on their ability to speak. Others don’t really mind. Is there a definite answer behind this debate? Sort of, but it’s not clear cut “yes” or “no”. As it turns out, there are different baby talk “techniques”- some can be beneficial, while others can hinder a child’s learning. 

After some thorough reading, I’ve found a few commonalities between the majority of research findings and articles’ statements: 

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An Open Letter to All Current and Future Participants:

Posted 28/9/2018

Baby French Class

 

With 123 Petits Pas, I see it on the daily: Little minds are shockingly impressive at their ability to learn effortlessly. 

With this letter, I hope to provide you with some insight on how you can better yourself as a learner by allowing yourself to follow in your child's footsteps.

Read more to see how you can "Learn a New Language Without Any Work".

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How to Raise Bilingual Children…Even If You Only Speak One Language

Posted 13/9/2018


"Raising a bilingual child can be an intimidating task when you, the parent, only speak one language. You may feel like you have to master the second language yourself first or wait until your child can take a second language in school. Neither is the case.

You can raise your child to be multilingual even if you, yourself, only speak one language. Not only can you start teaching your child a second language before they start school, but it’s actually best if you do. Children ages 0-3 have an incredible ability to learn and starting early will make it much easier for them to learn a second language."

"Read more" for helpful tips on how you can help your child ASAP. 

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"Behind the scenes"

 

Our Classroom Atmosphere

 

Review by Embracing Ottawa


Interview with Ottawa Neighbours


Facebook Live with Mom Break

 

Practice French at Home Database

 

 

123 Petits Pas Apparel 

 

 

Bilingual Babies Workshop

 

6 Reasons to Introduce Your Child to a Second Language ASAP

 

 

Interview with Daytime Ottawa

 

 

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Our Article on Tips to Raising Multilingual Children published by Kallababy