We at Camp Tournesol are passionate about bringing French learning outside of the classroom. And now that they’re staying at home without the benefit of French or French Immersion schooling, they need at-home French resources more than ever! Not to mention that the most effective way to keep their French strong is to incorporate the language into all aspects of their lives, especially the positive ones!
Not only are we providing wonderful Virtual French Classes; we also love sharing our favourite French learning resources with all families looking to boost their children’s French learning, and that’s exactly what this blog is about! From many of our previous posts, we’ve compiled an ultimate list of the best apps, songs, books, and more, that will facilitate French learning for your child while they’re staying at home without the benefit of school. It’s sure to help parents pick up some French too!
So check out these resources and let us know what you think in the comments below! Did we miss anything?
Phones and tablets have become the prime source of entertainment for almost any modern-day kid, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing! Why not turn it into an educational opportunity? In as little as 10 minutes a day, some of these apps can work wonders in improving your child’s French (and helping their grades along the way!)
Any French teacher will tell you that one of the best ways to get students engaged in the language is with music! Younger learners love French songs that are easy to sing along to and come with actions (such as “Tête, épaules, genoux, orteilles”), while older students love French pop songs that help them feel connected to the culture. Here are some of our favourites:
YouTube playlist of modern pop songs in French (for teens and tweens) Note: some songs may contain lyrics with mature themes, please listen at your own discretion.
What’s better than snuggling up with a good bedtime story? Answer: reading a bedtime story in French! This is the perfect way to not only instill a love of reading in your child, but also a love of classic French children’s’ books.
Too old for bedtime stories? We’ve consulted with French Immersion teachers to find the best French books and reading resources for any age and interest!
Students can’t wait for movie days in French class, but now that school’s are closed for the near future, it’s time to consider watching classic French movies at home as well. It can be quite a fun and immersive experience! This is a great way to get a glimpse into French and/or Québécois culture, all while improving your kid’s French language skills.
Quick Tip: It can be difficult to fully understand a film in a second language, so subtitles are perfect! If your child would like to improve their French reading skills, use French subtitles along with the movie. If your child would like to improve their French pronunciation or speaking skills, use English subtitles along with the movie to help them understand the dialogue.
TV shows are a tried and true way to get kids excited about learning a language. Finding a TV show in French that they love will truly allow them to feel immersed in the storyline, the characters, and of course in the language!
There are plenty of great French TV shows that we’ve included in our “Top 35 Films” post (see above), but here are a few more.
At our day camps, we often use French board games to teach the campers new vocabulary (through instructions, communicating with other players, etc). This is something that can easily be brought into the home to continue your child’s French learning while they are unable to attend school.
Our list of board games in French is perfect for a weekend at the cottage or for a fun family night that limits screen time.
We’ve created over a dozen great French workbooks centered around different themes such as the house, the weather, the seasons, and more so that your child can practice their French all year round, whether in school or at home!
They’re all completely free to download and come with vocabulary words linked to the theme as well as some fun activities – and it’s all in French! Our full workbook page can be found here, but here is a little preview of what you’ll find there:
Last but not least, some extra tips for the parents of French students. We know how difficult it can be to help your child in their venture to learn a language that you may not know, so here are a few pointers on how to best support your child, some of them overlap with what we’ve already mentioned here, but it’s still worth a look!
Let us know what you think in the comments below, and feel free to link any French learning resources that have helped you or your child!