On my previous article French Immersion School I wrote about few ( 4 to be exact) programs that are offered to students in public and catholic school boards through Canada. And I wrote mostly about French Immersion because that is where my kids go.
In this article I would like to share some suggestions and resources for children to help them practice and learn French.
First of all I would like to note that reading is always the best option that anyone could do to help themselves improve in any language. And I think kids In French programs in particular have to read in both languages….French and English. They have to read in French in order to improve the language and they have to read in English in order to not to forget and improve the language.
Yes I make my kids read in both languages. We love going to the library. Our libraries have great selection of books on both languages.
So let me share my list of goodies:
- Language Guide: http://www.languageguide.org/french/vocabulary/ . I chose French already for my post, but just in case you are typing it in yourself – select French language. This website is sound enabled, so you can see and hear the French words and their meaning.
- TFO educational channel: https://www.tfo.org/en/ TFO is an essential destination for audiences seeking innovative educational and cultural content in French, at the vanguard of digital learning. TFO’s channel is the number one French-language YouTube channel in Canada. They offer great videos and games in math and language. Once on the website you can chose between English and French languages.
- Canadian Parents for French Ontario website: https://on.cpf.ca/ Resources for parents as well as students in Primary, Junior, and beyond.
- CBC’s Radio Jeunesse: https://ici.radio-canada.ca/jeunesse Offers great videos, songs, games and reads in French.
- Get yourselves and interactive French board game: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/27330/french-start
- An English/French version of a picture dictionary with lots of links and activities: https://enchantedlearning.com/languages/frenchdictionary.html
- Excellent collection of songs and stories in French: http://www.momes.net/
- French search engine: http://www.sitespourenfants.com/enfants/aide-aux-devoirs
- Bilingual dictionary: http://www.granddictionaire.com/
- Download free French music on Itunes or elsewhere
- Download French Flashcard apps. French Baby Flash Cards for Android and iOS. This is one of the few good, free French early learning apps out there. It lets you pick a category and then scroll through the photos one at a time, listening to the French pronunciation of the object in each photo. Categories include food, numbers, letters, colours, and more.
- Hello World French children activities: http://www.hello-world.com/languages.php/?language=French It is a free project whose goal is to teach world languages to children through fun and educational immersion activities. They have succeeded phenomenally, with over 700 activities for French alone!
- International Children’s Digital library If you’re looking for books to read to your child in French (or for your kids to read themselves if their level is high enough), then look no further. Here’s a collection of thousands of online children’s books in dozens of languages, including nearly 60 books in French.
- Monde des Titounis: http://www.mondedestitounis.fr/index.php This website is an absolute gold mine, containing a little bit of all of the above suggestions. What I love most about this site is that it has a lot of the classic children’s songs and stories that your kids probably already know in English, like Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood. Hearing a story in one language that you already know well in another is a very useful way to make connections from your native language’s vocabulary to the new language. What’s more, this resource isn’t just stories and songs. Click the “Apprentissage” icon for some very simple activities to help young children learn basic French vocabulary, such as the alphabet, colours, names of animals, and much more.
- Bilingual parenting has put together some very useful guidelines to help you start your own local group, including some advice on how to grow your membership and keep them coming back for years. : https://my.babbel.com/en/product-preview/FRA/default/verified/node/0
- BBC has some great learning resources as well: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/french/
If I find anything else I will update the article. If you know any more great resources please share.