Mar 09, 2016

Teaching My Little “Arc-en-ciel” (Rainbow) French

by Holly Madison | Lifestyle, Motherhood | 7Comments


  1. You are such a great mom and a role model for today’s modern mother. You are preparing Rainbow for her future – looking at the big picture of life! She will be so grateful for the gift of being bilingual!

  2. As a Modern Languages graduate, this post was music to my ears (or eyes…)!

    Having taught French and Spanish to a wide range of ages, when it comes to memory and recital, my older students have definitely encountered greater difficulties than those of younger years.

    I also WAS the au pair who spoke and played in English with 4-7 year old French and Spanish natives, so have witnessed the benefits of this practice first-hand, which is very popular in Europe.

    Further to your recommendation of exposure to audio/visual aids in the target language, I would also suggest choosing the French audio option on your favourite Disney DVDs. Usually switching on the English subtitles is necessary but since you incontestably already know the scripts by heart, this is a great method of learning – for both yourself and Rainbow.

    Nevertheless, it is important to acknowledge that learning any language is a long process and requires commitment. Therefore, it goes without saying that the earlier you start, the better, and what you are doing with Rainbow is definitely wise and admirable; when it comes to education, “little and often” is my motto.

    I only regret not being given the opportunities you are offering Rainbow at a younger age myself.

    Loving your writing and admire your undeniable talent!

    I am a Brit-turned-Vegas local so if you ever need a private tutor in French &/or Spanish, feel free to drop me an email 🙂

  3. Hey Holly, loving the blog! I’d love to see a blog post on “how to be lovely” In the movie Funny Face Audrey Hepburn sings this song on how to be lovely and I’d love to see your take on it.

  4. Holly,
    What an inspiring mom you are!
    My husband’s parents were both from Italy and I have been exposing our 2 1/2 year old son to some Italian here and there, and you’ve really inspired me to step it up!
    He has a couple Italian cartoons we bought him overseas and he loves them. I think I definitely need to step it up and get him some books and games, and also keep on learning myself. Thanks for your thoughtful blog!

Leave a comment