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How Fancy Nancy Can Expand Your Child’s Vocabulary

Bonjour, fancy friends! Reading and watching Fancy Nancy is fantastique for many reasons, but one of our favorite perks is that Fancy Nancy helps kids learn beaucoup de mots (that’s fancy for “a lot of words.”) There are so many benefits to having a très grand vocabulary. Here are just a few reasons why we think Fancy Nancy is the best for helping kids learn new words:

Fancy Nancy teaches new words in a fun way.

Ooh la la! Fancy Nancy’s love of using fancy words inspires children to learn them along with her in an enjoyable way. There are many advantages to having a sophisticated vocabulary at an early age, including improved reading skills. In fact, some preschools and primary schools are now working to incorporate higher-level vocabulary into their daily curriculum. And beyond improving reading skills, children who have large vocabularies are often able to better express themselves, make quicker connections, and read at or above grade level throughout their school years. All of these benefits suggest that they are more likely to be successful later in life. C’est magnifique!

Fancy Nancy inspires dual language learning.

Fancy Nancy loves using fancy words in both French and in English. Her enthusiasm can work as a gateway into dual language learning and expanding literacy through vocabulary. Even new books that tie into the show like Fancy Nancy: My Fanciest Things, are packed with French words that are always used in context, and clearly defined in a way that les enfants (a fancy word for “children”) will want to mimic. There are many benefits to children learning a second language. For example, being bilingual can improve problem-solving skills and inspire empathy.  

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Fancy Nancy makes fancy words accessible.

When children read a Fancy Nancy book, or watch the Fancy Nancy television show on Disney Junior, they want to be a part of it. Nancy’s advanced vocabulary and aspirations to speak French are just as much a part of Nancy’s world as her fancy dress and outlandish plans. From the very first Fancy Nancy story, language has defined Nancy’s personality. What’s more, she always explains to her friends exactly what her fancy words mean. She uses them in simple, straightforward sentences that make their meaning clear, and then she follows up with a definition. Children love imitating her words and are confident of their meaning when they use them. For a little girl who is so upfront about her love of fancy words, she is effortlessly subtle (that’s a fancy word for sneaky) about teaching kids challenging new words.

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In the words of one of our other favorite authors, E.B. White, “Some writers for children deliberately avoid using words they think a child doesn’t know…. Children are game for anything. I throw them hard words, and they backhand them over the net. They love words that give them a hard time, provided they are in a context that absorbs their attention.” Jane O’Connor has the same trick up her sleeve, and as Nancy would say, we think it’s fabulous!