We at Camp Tournesol are passionate about bringing French learning outside of the classroom. Kids spend hours a day at their desks working hard to improve their French skills, but the most effective way to keep their French strong is to incorporate it into all aspects of their lives.
Not only do we provide amazing French day camps, overnight camps, and school trips; we also love posting our favourite French learning resources on this blog. 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. It’s sure to help the 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, pieds”), 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 older children) 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 for any age and interest!
Students can’t wait for movie days in French class, but watching classic French movies can be a fun and immersive experience at home as well. This is a great way to get a glimpse into French or Québécois culture, all while improving French language skills. Here is our (recently updated) list of the 35 best French films for kids of any age.
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 story line, the characters, and of course in the language! There are plenty of great French TV shows that we’ve included in our “Top 30 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. Our list of board games in French are perfect for a weekend at the cottage or for a fun family night that limits screen time.
We’ve created 4 great French workbooks centered around the 4 seasons so that your child can practice their French all year round! They’re all completely free to download and come with seasonal vocabulary words as well as some fun activities – and it’s all in French.
Books, films, and TV shows are all great ways to immerse your child in the French language, but there’s nothing like real life experience. Here is a shortlist of our favourite French activities in the GTA – from cafes to theater productions to special events.
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 checking out!)
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!