“I’m worried my child will fall behind…how can I motivate my child to practice French?”
It’s one of the most common questions I get asked from parents just like you who are looking for fun and effective methods to help their children preserve their French while school’s out. First, let me just start by saying, you’re definitely in the right place. As the owner of a French camp and being a French-speaking parent in a bilingual household, I have quite a bit of experience helping children of all ages build success in French both inside and outside of the classroom. On that note, I’ve done all of the “heavy-lifting” for you and have compiled a list of my top picks that make learning French fun, easy and effective:
For Your Preschooler: Ages 4-7
The Literacy Education Network offers fun, interactive games that help your budding French language learner practice French while they play – what more could you ask for? Simply click the link and watch your child engage in all of the fun-filled French activities the network has to offer: http://www.literacycenter.net/lessonview_fr.php
Singing French songs is a great way to further enhance your preschooler’s vocabulary and pronunciation. So, clear your throat and put your vocal abilities to the test as you belt out these fun, educational French songs with your child: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8I-UIlXPNS4luC4iV7dRdQ
For Your Elementary School-Aged Child: Ages 6-13
Flashcards are a fun way to help your child strengthen their vocabulary and spelling – without tears. Antosch & Lin’s unique flashcard system can help your child make progress in French in as little as 10 minutes a day. Click here for more info: https://www.antosch-and-lin.com/french
Are you the “DIY” type? Well, you can also create your very own flashcards by simply writing a French word on one side of the card, with its English translation on the flip side. Commit to making 5-10 flashcards per week and turn this enjoyable exercise into a challenge your child will be motivated to conquer week in and week out. As you are aware, reading is a vital complement to any French language learning activity. Reading in French is said to be one of the best ways to dramatically improve your child’s writing. Not only does reading improve your child’s spelling, but it can also help strengthen their French grammar.
Check out these FREE French eBooks guaranteed to put a smile on your child’s face:
For Your Teen: Ages 13-19
Sit back, relax, and flick on the T.V…
Wait, what? Yes, indulge in your favorite shows and movies – in French!
What teenager doesn’t like to watch T.V? I think we all know the answer to that question. So, take advantage of your child’s love for the “tube” and watch them get engaged in French television. There are many benefits that come with watching television in French including: improved pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, and more!
You can also encourage your child to keep in touch with their friends by writing and speaking to them in French. This allows them to be social while also practicing their conversational French which will certainly come in handy should they decide to partake in one of our memorable out-of-province overnights trips to Montreal, Quebec and France!
Want to take it a step further? Sign your teen up for italki – a growing community of language-learners all over the world. Italki allows people around the globe to speak with native speakers through language exchanges, lessons, and more. For more information, visit: www.italki.com
French Language-Learning Fun For ALL Ages
Lastly, one of the best ways children of all ages can dramatically improve their French is to join a French camp.
Why? French camp can provide your child with the unique opportunity to socialize in French while also participating in exciting, educational French activities that help them improve both verbal and written communication in French. You see, if your child never gets a chance to practice their French in a social setting, they are less likely to feel the need to use it outside of school – which can result in the loss of their French-language speaking skills. Camp Tournesol offers fun day camps for children aged 4 to 14, as well as short and out of province trips for children in grades 3 to 9. We now service all areas of the GTA – so, wherever you are, your child won’t miss out on all the fun.
For lists and descriptions of the programs we offer, check out our website: www.campt.ca or call our offices at 905-891-1889!