Saturday, May 14, 2011

French Words for Kids with Dictée Muette

imageFrench Words for Kids with Dictée Muette
Created by L’Escapadou

Learn to pronounce and write French words with an app called French Words.   

This fun little app will help your child to discover the French language and 240 combinations of word-picture-audio which will teach them to spell and pronounce the words.   I’ll admit that I am French.   And since we are homeschooling in both official languages, I am always on the lookout for apps that imagewill strengthen the French language.    This app is wonderful for kids who are learning from Kindergarten to about grade 2 or 3 depending of their ability of learning.

You will find three levels of difficulty which is based on the phonetic difficulty of the words.    Practicing the words often will improve the spelling ability of the kids.   When you touch a specific letter, you will hear the sound associated with it.  I find this to be a fun way to learn the French language.   And if you are not fluent in French, you could learn the phonetic with your kids by using this cute little app!

The letters and words in French are read by a native French speaker while the English of each words are spoken by an American speaker.   I applause this decision to include a French native speaker because the kids will get the proper pronunciation and phonetic while listening to the audio.

This app is based on a popular spelling activity from the Montessori method called Movable Alphabet.   In a nutshell, it allows the child to spell words of increasing difficulty by associating the phonetic sounds of letters with their written symbol.    I find this is a wonderful way to learn.    Also, there are three types of lettering available on this app; cursive, lowercase and capital print.    What a wonderful way to introduce cursive letters to a child.   I would start with the lowercase lettering and slowly incorporate the capital print.   When the child is comfortable with these two, I would introduce the cursive letters so that by grade 3, the child has assimilated the cursive writing and will have more facility to write it on his/her own.

Even though it is a great learning tool for learners of French as a foreign language, I find it is also beneficial for French speaking kids who are learning to read and write in French.

French Words for Kids is available for 3.99$ on iTunes.  This is an universal app which means it will work on the iPad and iPhone. 

Disclaimer: I received the app for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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