Winter Break is fast approaching, and kids everywhere are eagerly anticipating the joys of family time, playing in the snow, and most of all… sleeping in!
Just because school’s out for a few weeks doesn’t mean that your children have to stop improving their French and learning skills. In fact, the winter break is a perfect time to show them how easy and fun it can be to continue practicing their French skills even outside of school.
Of course, the key to effectively learning a language is to bring it outside of the classroom and into other aspects of everyday life.
That’s why we at Camp Tournesol have compiled a list of the top 10 best holiday activities for your child in French.
Without a doubt, singing holiday music is one of the best parts of the season. Why not sing along in French?
Here is a great playlist of YouTube videos of Christmas carols and other holiday music, all complete with French lyrics so that you child can sing along!
Imagine snuggling with your child under some cozy blankets with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book. Sounds perfect, right? This winter break, take advantage of all the opportunities that the rough Canadian Winter weather gives us to stay inside and read. It’s a perfect chance to practice reading in French with your child! Our expert librarian compiled a list just for our parents:
For children in grade 1:
For children in grades 2 and 3
Where to get these books?
Even more books…
You can also check out 7 Winter themed children’s books in French
Did you know you can listen to local radio in French? Here are a few channels to tune into during the holidays.
Télé-Québec is offering special programming for the holidays until January. And of course, all programs are in French. Your child can enjoy the adventures of Astérix, or explore an urban jungle in the hit movie, Madagascar. Whatever your child’s preference, there is a program for every taste!
Tune in to Télé-Québec’s holiday special.
Want more French TV?
Why not kick back and watch a French film with your FI student this holiday season?
Théatre français de Toronto – This Toronto theater is offering a play in French on December 16th: Petites Bûches. Fun for the whole family!
Seeing as kids already spend so much time online, let’s try to make that time both educational and fun. There’s plenty of great websites that are full of fun French games and activities to be experienced from the comfort of home.
Here are some of our favourite holiday themed ones:
Of course, how could we forget the infamous Norad Santa Tracker? It’s also available in French and includes fun activities on the website! Just select “French” as the language in top right corner.
If there’s anytime of the year to treat yourself to some sweet delicacies… it’s definitely the holidays! Of course, kids are always hungry for cookies, pastries, and cakes. This winter break, take a family trip to a classic French bakery in Toronto and get a taste of French culture and atmosphere.
As a special Christmas bonus for you, we’re also including our very own French worksheet to help your child learn the seasons, colors, and more – all in French.
We hope you will find this list useful to help you enjoy this Holiday season in French!
What French activities will you schedule with your child this holiday season? Share your ideas in the comments below.