Here are some wonderful ways in which you can support your son or daughter this year–whether or not you speak French. 🙂
- I show an interest in my child’s school day
- I show an interest in extracurricular activities in French
- I ensure that my child has access to books, CDs, videos, and games in French
- I ask my child about what he or she is viewing, reading, or listening to in French
- I register my child in French activities
- I encourage my child to speak French at home (if I don’t understand, my child can teach me!)
- I admire my child’s ability to speak French
- I recognize his or her progress in French
- I find ways to contribute to my child’s school life
- I try to learn French words and expressions and use them with my child
- I don’t mind being in situations where I don’t understand everything
- I serve as a mentor to my child by correcting my own French
Using resources in the community
- I encourage my child to socialize with other French-speaking children.
- I provide support for my child’s homework
- I make use of the resources suggested by the school
- I talk with my child about French-speaking people who are involved in the arts, in politics, or in sports.
Enriching my child’s communication skills
- I take time to read, interact, and play with my child in my own language.
- I am proud of my language skills
- I take advantage of situations that help my child discover the value of speaking more than one language.
* Borrowed from the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada.