Saturday French School

French at Home

Study outside of school

When learning any skill, but languages in particular, the key to success is practice. Below are some resources to help your child explore the French language outside of the classroom.

EFGH selection

Take the opportunity while being at home to listen to French stories or study French with the children is appealing. There are many resources on the internet but where to find the stories, potcasts or videos for their age and level?
EFGH made a selection based on the program (FLAM French as a native language and FLE French as a second language) and age.

Resources for FLAM students
Resources for FLE students

Books

Just because a book is labeled for a specific age range doesn’t mean it’s necessarily right for your child’s skill level. Start your child off with easy books to help them build confidence. And don’t worry if they’re only reading comic books. Fun is an essential part of learning!

The French Ministry of National Education has recommendations for books suitable for each grade level. The recommendations include a variety of genres, including short stories, novels, comic books, poetry, theater, and graphic novels. The lists will guide you towards well known young adult authors and some quality books.

L’École des Loisirs is a well known publisher of young adult books. You can obtain an annual subscription through EFGH.

Decitre has a substantial online catalog. Discover their collection of young adult books.

La Fnac focuses on books written in simple French. Their repetitive structure appeals to children just starting to read.

Ricochet is a leading website dedicated to young adult literature. It is a rich source of new releases. You can find a curated selection of award-winning books under the "Prix littéraires" tab.

Finally, if you are visiting France, Quebec or Switzerland, take the opportunity to spend some time at a local library with your child. It’s free and you might find some new favorites. Make sure to ask the librarians for recommendations. They love to help!

Multimedia

Audiobooks
Gallimard offers a number of major titles online.
The lesser known Librairie Sonore offers classics read by excellent actors—sometimes an entire troupe of them!

StoryPlayR
L’application StoryPlayR is an app that lets you read a book or comic page by page while you listen to the audio. Children can even record themselves reading. A free trial is available.

Songs
You’ll find many children’s nursery rhymes on Youtube.

Cartoons
It can be difficult to watch cartoons in a language you don’t understand very well. Here’s a tip: Watch the English version before watching the French version.

For beginners: Les Bizardos, the French version of Funny Bones.
For the more advanced, try Peppa Pig.

Typically French: Tales by Père Castor (Papa Beaver) and Les contes de la rue Broca, which contains stories by Pierre Gripari, from La Sorcière du placard à balai to Géant aux chaussettes rouges.

Grammar

For the more ambitious who want to practice grammar and spelling at home, the enduring classic is none other than Le Bescherelle.