MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent


What my child is learning

In Grade 2, your child learns to:

  • understand spoken, written and visual messages in French about a variety of topics:
    • using visual clues, personal experience and what he or she already knows in order to understand what he or she hears and sees in French
    • using different ways to double check his or her understanding while listening or reading
  • understand and follow directions in French
  • share thoughts, feelings and preferences about what he or she has read and heard in French
  • communicate ideas and information orally and in writing using what he or she knows about words, sentences, grammar and spelling
  • double check and revise written messages

To find out more about what your child is learning, talk to their teacher. You may also refer to the Language Arts Practices: Orientation Guide for information regarding the program's guiding principles and recommended practices.

How your child is assessed

Your child’s progress in Français will be reported in three areas and may address the following questions:

  • Comprehension (Reading, Listening, Viewing)
    Does your child understand the general idea of a short writing selection? How well does he or she communicate feelings and preferences about the text?
    Does your child follow simple written or spoken directions?
  • Communication (Writing, Speaking, Representing)
    Does your child ask and answer simple questions and communicate using familiar words?
    Does your child communicate ideas in writing using a model sentence?
  • Critical Thinking
    Does your child connect what he or she is learning with previous knowledge and experiences?
    Does your child explain what he or she thinks about information and ideas?

The teacher will report on your child’s progress three times a year. The information from each report helps you to support your child’s learning. You can use it to talk with your child and your child’s teacher about results, strengths, challenges and what your child will be doing next.


  • Winnipeg Public Library: Features information and programming devoted to Early Literacy as well as access to several databases of digital storybooks for a variety of grade levels. To access French storybooks, click on the Tumble Book Library link, then go to the top right hand corner of the page and change the language to "Français". The St. Boniface Library features the WPL’s largest collection of physical French language resources and offers onsite activities and services in French.
  • Lalilo: Learners following this program develop their phonological awareness skills while gradually learning the fundamentals of reading. Families may opt to have their children study in French or in English upon opening a free parent account.
  • Boukili: With a free account, families may access this rich collection of interactive French storybooks, organized by skill level. Boukili is also available as a smartphone app.
  • Several Canadian French language media companies have developed websites for younger learners. Zone des petits (Radio-Canada), Mini-TFO (TFO), and Coucou (Télé-Québec) feature games, songs, videos and animated stories for growing students’ French language vocabulary. TFO and Radio-Canada also offer smartphone apps appropriate for this age group.
  • Students seeking a challenge may prefer to visit Radio-Canada’s Zone jeunesse, which targets school-aged children with French language games, videos, and activities. TFOKids offers French language resources in an English interface that caregivers can easily navigate. Télé-Québec hosts plenty of Francophone videos for children ages 6 to 9. Caregivers can also download smartphone apps for this age group developed by TFO and Radio-Canada.
  • Idéllo: Families signing up for a free account can access this online platform of French language multimedia content and learning activities, including lesson plans.
  • WordReference Bilingual Dictionary: A quick reference tool including pronunciation files.
  • Farlex Pronunciation Dictionary: This tool allows users to hear French terms alone and in context. Includes an offline dictionary: iOS app, Android app.
  • DREF (Direction des ressources éducatives françaises): Registered home-schooling families with verified accounts may access this library of French language educational resources, including books, board games, and digital tools.
  • Please visit the My Learning at Home – Immersion website for links to more French language resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you mean by "viewing" and "representing"?

How can I help my child (even if I don’t speak French)?

How do Children Learn to Read and Write in a Second Language