It’s hard to believe that in just a few short weeks, students will be bursting out of the large school doors excitedly discussing their holiday plans with eager anticipation. So if you haven’t already, now is the time to start planning your family activities for the 2016 holidays.
Why not incorporate French into those activities?
Just because school’s out, it doesn’t mean that your child’s French education has to go on break, too! Not only will integrating French into your child’s break give them an edge when they go back to school in January, it will also help them see how French can be a source of fun and joy.
There are a number of French activities you can do with your child during the upcoming holidays. Here are our top picks:
There’s nothing that quite gets you into the Christmas mood like snuggling up with Christmas carols playing in the background, wouldn’t you agree?
Just imagine if you could listen to your favorite Christmas songs in French.
Well, now you can!
You can watch and listen songs and rhymes on youtube as the words of the songs are displayed to allow you to sing along!
Ici Radio-Canada Jeunesse site is jam-packed with fun activities for children of all ages to enjoy year-round.
Don’t forget the Norad Santa tracker site that is available in French as well! You will discover games, books to read online and much more!
Your child can join in on the fun in a special Santa Workshop. Your computer must have Adobe to enjoy all of the features of this French Christmas Workshop.
For educational French activities where your child can practice math, science or even learn how to surf the web safely, you will definitely want to check this resource out: http://www.lasouris-web.org. There is a section for holiday themed activities.
And of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without fun French reading!
Are you looking for a list of winter or Christmas related books for young children in French? Our expert librarian compiled a list just for our parents:
For children in grade 1:
For children in grades 2 and 3
The Toronto Public Library offers fun French programs like French storytime for kids, French book clubs and French conversation circles during the month of December. Discover their plethora of French activities.
Peruse the aisles of the GTA’s one-and-only Francophone bookstore and watch your child’s face light up. It might be the first time they are seeing such a wide selection of French children’s books, comics, novels and CD’s in one place. Be sure to check out their website for their upcoming events and hours of operations.
Telequebec 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 Telequebec’s holiday special.
Want more French TV?
TFO has a huge repertoire of family-friendly French films, music videos, comedy, cartoons, and much more!
Of course, Tou TV is fabulous to catch all French shows from Quebec. And you should know that they also have a special section for children as well as special programming for the holidays.
For teens, the Rogers channel Unis or unis.ca on the web has an incredible selection of popular TV programs. If your child is between 7-12 years of age, you can even try their app Francolab here. The page is in French so you may need your child’s help to download the app.
Why not kick back and watch a French film with your FI student this holiday season?
Did you know you can listen to local radio in French? Here are a few channels to tune into during the holidays
CHOQFM 105,1: features several different programs, check it out online and choose one!
Radio Canada Toronto offers programming all day long in French on its channel La Première Chaîne.
Visit Douce France or Crêpes à Gogo for a wonderful treat but also to order and chat in French. Take in the full French atmosphere with the typical Parisian decor and some wonderful French music playing in the background.
Head to Toronto Ouest Highschool on December 17 from 5 -9 pm for a child-friendly holiday celebration. There will be singing, dancing, poems and more…all in French! The address is 330 Landsdowne Ave, Toronto, Ontario.
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.
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