The Holidays are nearly upon us, as people begin decorating houses and trees, they’ll also start looking for gifts for their loved ones—parents especially. To help parents French Immersion students find great gift ideas for their youngsters that can entertain them but also help build their French skills, we’ve put together a short list of awesome gift ideas for French Immersion students.
First off, we highly recommend checking out some of the fun and educational French magazines that can be found with a quick browse on Bayard Jeunesse’s website. There is a wide array of 40 different magazines to choose from which cover all age groups from 1-18. Bayard Jeunesse’s magazines are all chosen with care and produced by some of the most talented creatives and smartest childcare experts. These magazine subscriptions are the perfect holiday gift for French Immersion students because they can help build a love of reading in the children while also stimulating their imaginations. These French educational magazines also allow kids to learn while enjoying themselves and having fun magazine stories and articles at the same time.
The grades on the website are for francophone students so follow our guide for French immersion students, developed by our fabulous Head Librarian Anne-Marie.
Grades 1 and 2:
- J’apprends a lire
- Pomme d’Api
Grades 2 and 3:
- Belles Histoires +CD
- J’aime lire
Grades 3 to 6:
- Les explorateurs
- Les Débrouillards
- Les Débrouillards sport
Another fun and clever gift that helps French Immersion students along their language learning journey is the Word A Day calendar from Living Language. This calendar can be a big help in keeping kids on track with their French education, learning new and essential French words and phrases on a daily basis. Living Language has been in the language learning business for over 70 years, so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing.
The calendar also comes with cultural pages that offer insights and info about French culture and traditions. The purchase of the calendar will also allow you access to Living Language’s online learning lab, which is chock full of other great learning tools that can put your child on the right track. With a new French word or phrase each day, you’ll notice your child’s confidence with the language skyrocketing throughout the year.
A nice and simple way to help boost your child’s French learning experience through your gift-giving this holiday season is to get them one of the many classic French board or card games. Anything from the engrossing and challenging racing card game Mille Bornes, which is a big hit with our founder, Martine, to an easy but fun matching game like Spot It or Dobble, to a colorful and whacky battle game like Djeco’s Batamo. Buy them from Canadian-based Archambault to support Shop Local!
You don’t even have to go for a literal French board game though, because the most important part will be the actual gameplay, when you can help them practice their French by playing and learning the games while speaking in French with your little rascals. Check out our article on Top 7 Board Games To Enrich French Language Skills for more ideas. Playing games and having low-pressure conversations in French while you play is not only a great way to practice and improve your children’s French skills, but maybe more importantly, it gives the language a positive and fun connotation in your child’s child, so when they think French, they think fun!
We hope these recommendations are useful to you and would love to hear what you think of them.
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