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Here’s a little taster of how we do it!

It’s the start of a new year, it’s 2016 and we have come a long way since 2005 with developing our unique and dynamic curriculum and teaching method.  Petits Poussins is different in many ways, and apart from our fun and enthusiasm for languages, we don’t speak any English to teach your child French.  We believe that if you are going to learn a language, total immersion
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Bateau Sur L’eau

As part of our transport theme, one of our favourite songs is ‘bateau sur l’eau’ – boat on the water. There are a few versions of the song, as usual we have added a Making Languages Fun twist to it and we have modified the end of the song. We shout “tombez!” which means “fall” and we all fall, ‘splash’ into ‘la rivière’ –
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A song for learning transport & counting to 20

We just love it when we find pedagogic material which reinforces more than one theme at a time!  Language learning is all about reinforcement. In our sessions our Petits Poussins will learn to count from 1-10 and then progress to 20.  When we have a child who is ready we always enrich their learning by taking to them to the next level.  We often find
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Les roues de l’autobus – The wheels on the bus

Here’s another great song that backs up our transport theme.  We just love the way this video clip includes real children and animation, our Petits Poussins love watching this too.  Check out the vocabulary below and practice doing the actions with your child.  You could even make your own cardboard bus or choose toys from around the house that have word associated with the
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Jean Petit Qui Danse – A song for learning Body Parts

At Petits Poussins we always like to uphold our motto of ‘Making Languages Fun’.  We have spent many years  having fun trying and testing the resources that accompany and reinforce the vocabulary in our dynamic curriculum. One song that sticks in everyone’s head in our sessions and provides lots of fun learning for our children is ‘Jean Petit qui Danse.’ The song is great
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Leo le Camion Curieux – Leo the curious Truck Videoclip

In our fun sessions this week we have been following our innovative and fun curriculum to learn about transport vocabulary.  Pop along to one of our interactive mums and toddler sessions or ask your nursery if you can come along and observe as a parent.  We guarantee you will have lots of fun and we can give you ideas on how to reinforce the language
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Welcome Back to the New Term with a Transport Video Clip

Bonjour! Our mums and toddler and private tuition sessions start again tomorrow at St Paul’s Parrish Church.  We are looking forward to seeing you all for more ‘Making Languages Fun’ sessions.  It’s a great way for all the family to learn and encourage their little ones to speak another language from a young age. Take a seat with your Petits Poussins and have 10
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Parent Partnership Day at Kids 1st Darlington

As part of our Petits Poussins Parent Partnership program with Kids 1st we have been conducting Parent open days so that the parents can come and see the progress and fun their children have in their French sessions. What a great session we had today at Kids 1st Darlington!  As I arrived at the session I could not believe the turn out,  Sébastien got himself all nervous when
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How to open your wine without a corkscrew!

Voulez-vous du vin? Pas de tire-bouchon?……. Have you ever wondered how to say cork screw in French? Well maybe you don’t really need to know that it’s ‘un tire-bouchon’ [uhn teer boosh-ohn]…watch the clip and maybe we will rename it ‘une tape-chaussure!’ You can also call it ‘un ouvre bouteille’ [oov-reuh boot-ay] which is more like a bottle opener. Voilà la solution….Bonne dégustation et santé!
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Universities see a Downturn in Language Students

If this isn’t a reason for change in MFL Teaching in the UK I don’t know what is! It’s embarrassing and worrying to think that the reality is that our economy will suffer due to the lack of polyglots in the UK. We should be able to do it just as good as other countries. At Petits Poussins we are committed to creating a revolution! We
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