Starting French Immersion? Start Here!
Posted by Jennifer Fulton on
Is your child beginning French immersion this school year?
Congratulations! What an exciting time, and how thrilling to be on your way to raising a bilingual child!
To help you all make the most of this wonderful opportunity, we wanted to share with you our recently updated French books and resources recommended by French immersion teachers and families as well as our favorite books and products we think you and your kids will love.
Most of the following recommendations are available for purchase online, and we have many, many more -- including our entire used book selection - waiting for you to come browse at our Kensington, MD Store.
We recommend and try to always stock a wide range of resources including:
🥰Books with their favorite characters and favorite series. Show your child that their favorite characters speak french, too! Do they love:Elephant and Piggy
Pete the Cat
Splat the Cat
Bird & Squirrel
Guess what: Francophone kids around the world do, too, and we work hard to make sure all your favorite friends are in stock at the store.
🤗French translations of their favorite books and authors. Do they know eric carle books or where the wild things are by heart? They will intuitively understand the french words because they already know what they mean! See the list in the menu above of favorite authors and learn those wonderful stories in french!
😀French language-learning learning resources for kids - phrase books, picture dictionaries, introductory books are designed for true beginners and can be a fun way to introduce kids to the french language!
🎵Books with sounds -- music, audiobooks, and more that introduce them to the beautiful sounds of french!
😍Graphic novels! Wonderful for language learning because you can understand so much of the story from the pictures!
🌎Non-fiction books for children --most have lots of illustrations and little bits of text that can be easily browsed.
📚 Books in English about French and Francophone culture - get them excited about the places they can go and people they will be able to meet because they are learning this wonderful language!
📕 Bilingual books -- show them stories with dual language text side by side and have fun decoding the French together
🎲 Non-book Fun stuff like puzzles, games, stickers, coloring etc. Fun activities have lots of language in the context of pictures and games, and will be a fantastic support to language learning.
Wishing you a wonderful year of French immersion!
P.S. See French Immersion recommended books by grade level here.