SO YOU HAVE DECIDED TO ENROL YOUR CHILD IN A FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAM AND YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT YOUR CHILD AT HOME.
Parents play an important role in their child’s education. Take time each day to talk to your child about his/her learning experiences. Use positive encouraging words when speaking to your child. Providing a caring and nurturing environment that invites children to share their experiences will boost your child’s confidence and enable him/her to feel secure, loved and accepted for their talents and unique gifts.
Things you can do at home to support your child’s French language learning
- include some French in your everyday home life, for example, watching a French program on television, a video, attending a cultural event in French or listening to a tape of French songs. (You’ll learn some French too, and the whole family will have fun!)
- review the French vocabulary of the week or month with your child
- listen to, repeat, recite, sing along with your child as he shares his latest French song, rhyme or story.
Things you can do at home to encourage your child to be more self-sufficient
- encourage your child to make decisions by offering him choices
- encourage your child to take responsibility for some tasks
- provide opportunities for your child to practise buttoning, doing zippers, drawing, cutting, blowing nose and tying shoelaces
Things you can do at home to promote your child’s good health to be more self-sufficient
- ensure plenty of rest, with early bedtimes
- ensure that your child eats a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups
- encourage your child to walk, stretch, hop, jump, run dance or skip, both indoors and outdoors
Include your child in everyday activities to practise new skills and explore new concepts
- baking—have your child help to measure ingredients
- walking—encourage your child to observe his environment and to develop an active lifestyle
- shopping—point out the names of stores, gas stations, businesses, restaurants and schools; notice traffic signs
- gardening—give the child a small section to plant and care for
- writing—include a note from your child in letters to family; have the child write telephone messages and lists
- cleaning and tidying up—help the child sort toys into categories: cars, blocks, dishes, puzzles.
What Else Could I Do At Home?
- Read, read and read some more!
- Discuss the pictures and the story after you have read.
- Track the print—left to right—top to bottom.
- Provide a good role model. Read and write at home yourself.
- Teach your child rhymes, emphasizing similarities and differences in sounds.
- Model proper speech.
- Count with your child.
- Make sets with the numbers from 1 to 5.
- Help your child print his/her name.
- Make patterns with construction paper, beads etc.
- Play with the alphabet letter tiles, magnetic letters etc.
- Build alphabet trains together.
- Play with puzzles.
- Encourage your child’s successes.
- Sing Songs
Tips For Reading: Adapted from “Yes, You Can Help”.
The most important foundation for reading is established before your child goes to school. There is nothing more important that you can do for your child than to establish a love of books and an appreciation of the written word. Expose your child to English and French reading material as often as possible. Use a variety of genres (i.e. newspapers, comic books, fiction, and non-fiction). Discuss content with your child and encourage verbal feedback. Model reading to show that books can be a form of entertainment as well as a source of information. Libraries and Book Clubs are an excellent source for obtaining quality reading material. Parents can assist their child in learning how to locate information and resources which will support his/her learning.
1. Canadian Parents for French Ontario: https://on.cpf.ca/
3. TFO: THE French television channel in Ontario: https://www.tfo.org/en/