Incorporating French During Routines and Transitions

Everyday Moments: Incorporating French Language Learning During Routines and Transitions at Home

An advantage of homeschooling is the everyday practicality of incorporating French to your children’s daily routines. Think outside of your homeschool space to include non-traditional learning environments!

Let’s list some common routines that your children may encounter in both a school- and home-based setting: 

  • Free play (Clean up) 
  • Meal times 
  • Bathroom routines 
  • Getting dressed for outdoor play/wellness breaks 
  • Nap time/quiet time

You may find yourself singing alone at first, but rest assured that your children are listening and learning! 

Experiment with different tempos, nuances, and volume since the French songs may be unfamiliar to you and your family. 

Once you get used to it, you may even want to bring out an instrument so that your children can associate the music to the routine!

Have fun and watch as your children learn French vocabulary, grammar and musical literacy right before your eyes!

Clean-Up Song 

(In the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)

C’est l’heure de ranger, de ranger! (It’s time to clean up)

C’est l’heure de ranger, de ranger!

C’est l’heure de ranger

On s’est tous amusés (We all had fun)

Mais c’est l’heure de ranger,

De ranger!

Meal Time

(In the tune of “Head and Shoulders”)

Il est l’heure d’aller manger (It’s time to go eat)

D’aller manger, d’aller manger!

Il est l’heure d’aller manger

Cherchons nos dîners! (Let’s go find our lunches)

Bathroom Routines 

(In the tune of “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)

Voici comment on se lave les mains (This is how we wash our hands)

Lave les mains, lave les mains

Voici comment on se lave les mains

Toute la journée (All day long)

Variations: «Voici comment on….»
– Se lave le visage (our face)
– Se brosse les dents (brush our teeth)
– Sèche les mains (dry our hands)

Outdoor Play/Wellness Break

(In the tune of “Head and Shoulders” for winter clothing practice)

Chapeau, écharpe, mitaines, manteau

Mitaines, manteau 

Mitaines, manteau

Chapeau, écharpe, mitaines, manteau

Pantalons de neige et bottes

Nap Time/Quiet Time

(French variation of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”)

Brille, brille petite étoile

Dans la nuit qui se dévoile

Tout là-haut au firmament

Tu scintilles comme un diamant

Brille, brille petite étoile

Veille sur ceux qui dorment en bas

We hope this helps bring some fun French learning & tunes to your transition times!

Jennie Savath

Jennie Savath

Jennie is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with an extensive background in early learning. Her teaching style focuses strongly on play-based pedagogies and infant/child mental health, to which she refers frequently in her practice with young children and families.