The child on the screen asks your child in French where various parts of the face are.
The text of what the child is saying is shown in French and English.
Click on that part with the mouse or hit a key to hear the answer.
How to play :
After the game has loaded, click on the big red button in the middle of the screen to start playing, or click anywhere on the game screen with the mouse.
When the child on the screen asks where a certain part of the face is, click the mouse on that part.
If you get it right, the child on the screen will tell you. In any case, the child on the screen tells you the correct answer.
Or for the young babies, let’s just bang on the keyboard or click the mouse to make things happen.
The French words are displayed in the bottom right corner of the screen, as is the English translation.
You can hide the French and English by clicking on the text “click to hide words” above it. Then you can guess what the words are in French without seeing the answer.
To see the French and English text again, click on the text “click to show words” in the bottom right corner.
from 9 months - 5 years
Download time :
Game size is 437 KB.
On a high-speed internet connection the download seems instantaneous. Download takes about 1 minute on a 56K modem the first time you play this game. Every time after that the game will normally open immediately.
Play ideas :
You’ll notice that the child on the screen cheers whenever we get the correct answer, just like you probably do.
When the child on the screen asks where a part of YOUR face is, tickle your baby on that part of his own face. Or ask your older child where that part is on her own face.
As a variation, ask an older child if she remembers what color a part of the body becomes when highlighted, then put the mouse on that part to see if it really is that color.
Of course the computer can’t know when your child has pointed to a part of her own face, so you’ll need to cheer her on when she does that.
After the child on the screen speaks in French, you can repeat it in English. Your child will think that she understands what was said in French, and before you know it, she is understanding French.
If she feels like it, let her repeat the words in French in her own way.
We experience children becoming bilingual this way in Montréal, Canada.
Early childhood development benefits :
Children of all ages will be soaking up words and sentences of a new language - French - as will you too.
Research by Ellen Bialystok has shown that knowing a second language can really help a child comprehend written language faster. It seems that bilingual preschoolers can read sooner than monolingual children.
Further literature by Ellen Bialystok shows how learning another language is a very positive thing for you too.
One of the benefits of exposing your baby to a foreign language is that it will facilitate foreign language learning later on in life. The book “What’s Going On In There?” by Lise Eliot, pages 368-369, explains how this works:
“Babies are thus «citizens of the world» when it comes to phoneme perception. But this remarkable facility doesn’t last long. Infants’ ability to discriminate foreign speech sounds begins to wane as early as six months of age. By this age, English-learning babies have already lost some of their ability, still present at four months, to discriminate certain German or Swedish vowels. Foreign vowels are the first sort of phoneme to go. Then, by ten or twelve months, out goes the ability to discriminate foreign consonants, like /r/’s and /l/’s for Japanese babies or Hindi consonants for English-learning infants... Phoneme perception is thus another example of «use it or lose it» in the developing brain... This very early shaping of phoneme perception has important implicatons for foreign language learning. Obviously, the better you can hear the sounds of a foreign language, the easier time you will have learning it.”
Bilingual children do NOT have delayed language acquisition.
Learning more than one language at a time is NOT difficult for small children.
Bilingual children DO master both languages just as well as one.
You may also notice that the child on the screen doesn’t ever say anything negative, even when we don’t get the right answer. The book “What’s Going On In There?” by Lise Eliot, page 383, describes the results of research into positive versus negative feedback:
“Youngsters who heard a larger proportion of no, don’t, stop it, and similar prohibitions had poorer language skills than three-year-olds who had received less negative feedback... those [parents] who kept their negative responses to a minimum, emphasizing instead positive responses, such as repeating their children’s vocalizations or following them with questions or affirmations, fostered better language development.”
“Acceptance of the child’s efforts; respect for accomplishments whether small or large, for errors as well as successes: «Look at that! You laced your shoes all by yourself.» (No mention of the eyelet that was missed.)”
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We had no idea how one starts the process of actually being parents. The first impluse is to fall into "host" mode. "Would you like a drink?...I forgot - your people don't drink...You want to freshen up?...Your people do it right in their pants, don't you?...Why don't you just, uh...sit there, and we'll watch you. Okay? Okay."
quoted from "Babyhood" by Paul Reiser of television's "Mad About You", page 115
Small children should be supervised by a caregiver when at a computer,
to ensure no accidents occur that could hurt the child and that no equipment gets broken.