French for Children Primer A Package

French for Children Primer A Package


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I fell in love with this course as an introduction to the French language (mon amour!). A parent can sit and read along, or let a student go at it independently. Author Joshua Kraut (ironic name for a French teacher) does a great job making French friendly to the newbie. Even if your student has had some informal French in the past, this is a good course to bridge them into a full-tilt French curriculum. There are 17 chapters in Primer A (13 are content; 4 are review.) If you do one chapter per week, you will finish in a semester. A basic weekly schedule is inside the student book. Each lesson chapter has 4 parts: memory, grammar, worksheet and quiz. The memory part includes a dialogue of a continuing story. This is great for pulling students through the material. The story reads somewhat like a fable and introduces you to new vocabulary you will see in the lesson. You will see both French and English in the dialogues. You will also practice your speaking with a chant from the audio files. The chants teach your mouth how to form the sounds. So practice these until you master them! Vocabulary is the other component of the memory section, about 10 words per chapter. Memorize these! Make some flashcards and practice them: it will help you later in the lesson and in your further French studies.

The grammar part of the lesson is where you learn how the structure of the language works. You will often be asked to refer to previous pages as reminders that will help in the current lesson. Mostly, you will learn the order of words in sentences, such as those pesky adjectives that come after nouns (but not always,) articles and word gender/number, and quite a bit of vocab. You will see verbs conjugated, but not get into the nitty-gritty of this just yet.

Worksheet exercises let you practice your grammar and vocabulary. You are encouraged to look back at lessons for whatever you need to for the exercises. These pages are in the primer and are not reproducible. The separate answer key provides these worksheet pages with answers filled in.

A quiz at the end of each lesson is expected to be done without looking at any other parts of the book (These answers are in the separate answer key as well.). If you cannot complete the quiz without peeking at the lesson, you are probably not ready to move on to the next lesson. Go back and spend more time on those words and concepts You will be glad for it! At the end of every quiz is a dictation (dictee.) Students play the audio file and write what they hear. This portion will really develop your sense of the relationship between the spoken and written languages. French has a lot of silent letters and it takes practice to get the hang of it.

In the back of the primer are some really good resources: a glossary of all French words used in the lessons, charts for quick reference, dialogue and chant translations, a prepositions list, verb list and verb conjugations. It would still be helpful to get your student a nice French/English dictionary and encourage them to find the translation for their own everyday words.

If the teacher is not familiar with French, consider the DVD and Chant CD set, which features 4 DVDs (not yet available) with the author teaching the lesson to her students. Each lesson (approx. 15 min each) corresponds to the weekly chapter in the Primer, and text from the book appears on screen as the lesson is presented, so you can follow along. The students chant their weekly grammar work, and vocabulary and visual images appear which correspond with the words.

The audio chant CD includes grammar chart chants and complete vocabulary.

What will you learn? A lot about pronunciation right off the bat and I love this! Its called "pronunciation wizard" and its a crash course in French sounds. The book is written to the student as if a French-speaking (francophone) friend is explaining it to them. I can see this being used by a student the summer before entering a high school course if they have not had any prior French. 2015. Classical Academic Press, Primer A is 245 pp, sc. Answer Key also includes some teacher notes, 240 pp sc. (Get both!)

The 2nd year course and is just as delightful as the 1st! The format is similar with some additional resources added in the form of helpful grammar charts. English is still used in the instructions throughout the consumable student book. You will learn: pass compose with etre and avoir (including negatives), stressed pronouns, reflexive verbs, questions, near future (not the future tense), lots of great expressions and vocabulary words to use, and loads of new verbs. There are 17 weekly chapters. It is organized to do something every single day, but most people will do French 3-4 days a week, not 7. You have some flexibility here. At the end of Primer B, your student will be well on their way to using a high school French program with success! Student book and answer key each have 258pp, soft cover. The DVD includes a 40-50 minute lesson to watch with each weekly chapter. The audio chant CD features all dialogues, grammar chants, vocabulary, conversational phrases, and more! Set includes 6 DVDs and 1audio CD.

~ Sara (the former high school French teacher)

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A friend recommended it.
Harmony H on Jun 22, 2022
I've decided that this is the best place to start French with my 7th grader and move on to primer B for 8th grade.
Melisa L on Mar 29, 2020
A friend recommended it.
Harmony H on Jun 22, 2022
I love CAP!
Erin B on Aug 23, 2021
I've decided that this is the best place to start French with my 7th grader and move on to primer B for 8th grade.
Melisa L on Mar 29, 2020
Looks like an updated French program for elementary students
Kira K on May 12, 2019
After lots of online research on the best upper elementary grade French language program, we decided to try this one. Many great reviews and it seems to have what we are looking for in a program.
Gina S on May 1, 2019
Classical Academic Press makes learning another language fun and obtainable. My children loved the chants in Latin, so we're trying French now.
Elizabeth F on Sep 13, 2018
We were looking for a French curriculum that didn't require us to be fluent in French, and that taught through stories.
Sarah E on Aug 17, 2018
trying French and love this company
Tikatia M on Feb 22, 2018
French teacher requested this.
irish B on Sep 20, 2017
After trying several different options for teaching French to children, I watched this demo video and realized that this is better than any I've seen in the past 17 years!! There is audio, reading, writing, grammar ... the whole gamut! I can't wait to put it into practice with a new group this year.
Nancy J on Sep 4, 2017
Our teacher for our coop is using this set of French books.
daniel m on Aug 16, 2017
recommended on the blog ed snapshots
Jamie R on Aug 15, 2017
My daughter is interested in learning French. We have liked CAP's Latin program, so decided to try their French program.
Kirstin E on Apr 26, 2017
My 7th grade daughter wants to study French and we had an excellent experience with the Spanish for Children series.
Angie R on Apr 23, 2017
Tried Rosetta Stone for my Elementary age, however- she needed more instruction. Its a great program for the younger ages.
Charity C on Mar 8, 2017
I chose this French Curriclum it is challenging
Mark G on Nov 19, 2016
I needed an French class and this looked good.
Laura P on May 23, 2016
I love CAP!
Erin B on Aug 23, 2021
Looks like an updated French program for elementary students
Kira K on May 12, 2019
Is French for Children Primer A a secular french program?
A shopper on May 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello! No, it is not. This program is taught around the story of 2 animals trying to get back to the zoo, after having been accidentally released into the wild. It’s very clean and funny and teaches important concepts, but doesn’t necessarily teach everyday conversations.
Students learn colors, articles, adjectives, family relations, pronouns, conjugations, and much more, all centered around animals.
I would recommend this program, especially to families with younger children who would enjoy the stories more.
I hope this helps!
How critical are the DVDs? Particularly if the teaching parent has a decent French background.
A shopper on Mar 25, 2019
French for Children Primer A Package
French for Children Primer A Package
French for Children Primer A
French for Children Primer A
French for Children Primer A DVD & CD Set
French for Children Primer A DVD & CD Set
BEST ANSWER: The DVD set actually comes with a Chant CD. While you can probably get away without the DVDs if you have a decent working knowledge of French, you will need the Chant CD. At the very least, it has the “dictee” tracks for the quizzes. It also has a pronunciation guide & all the vocabulary and chants for each chapter. And each chapter starts with a “dialogue”—a story that introduces the vocabulary and allows the students to hear native pronunciation. I would say you can’t do without the Chant CD. I think you have to buy the DVDs, too, b/c I’m not sure the Chant CD is sold separately.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Really enjoying using this program! Well laid out, easy to understand. Using it with two daughters, each has her own workbook.
October 13, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My kids are learning and speaking French
For fun my 7 and 10 year old started viewing French speaking lessons on You Tube. I decided to take advantage of their enthusiasm and turned to French for Children as our "official" French curriculum. We have not been disappointed. My 10 year commented how she appreciated the Pronunciation Wizard at the beginning of the Primer book and cd which teach the sounds made by the French alphabet and gives different examples how to pronounce those sounds in a French word. The dialogue page at the beginning of each chapter is fun to read through together. My kids ask me if they may listen to the chants and vocabulary on the cd as they love repeating them with the French speakers. The cd chants and vocabulary are spoken clearly and are also printed in the Primer book so as we listen we also follow along. So far the teaching on the dvd for each lesson matches and is repeated in the grammar pages for the corresponding lesson. I would recommend getting a Primer book for each child and the teacher. (Yes, we tried sharing) We are constantly reviewing, and we are moving at about half the "pace" they suggest in the beginning of the book. If we cover a new part of the lesson one day the next day we review. Highly recommend.
July 19, 2016
over 6 years ago

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