Language development is an important step for kids. Whether it's through reading or games, you can help them with their learning. It's been proven that reading and interacting with your kids are great ways to get them interested in learning. There are lots of platforms and programs to choose from when it comes to stimulating language at home, so we tested a few of them for you (Note: These are French-language tools).
Did you know you could do a search using only your child's age and interests to find books that will capture their attention? The Association des bibliothèques publiques du Québec has just launched Le Trouve-livre, a platform that lists a vast selection of books for children ages 0–5.
5 facts about Le Trouve-Livre:
- It's free at all times.
- It provides useful advice for parents and daycare workers.
- It offers a selection of relevant French-language books with search results.
- It's easy to use.
- You can create an account and a personalized reading list.
Mots d'enfants is an online tool for early language stimulation. It offers fun and dynamic training workshops, including speech therapy videos, quick reference sheets, educational activities for everyone, and more. Workshops can be done independently or with the help of a facilitator. Awareness-raising and informative videos on language are also available to all. It's an excellent tool for families and daycare workers who suspect a child may be having difficulties with language.
5 facts about Mots d'enfants:
- It has a language development grid to help you detect language difficulties in children.
- Its awareness-raising and informative videos on language are free for everyone.
- Its content is based on speech therapists' expertise and compelling findings.
- There are 6 workshops for parents and daycare workers on early language stimulation.
- The online application is available in some health facilities and daycare centres.
Biblio-Jeux is a service that was put in place by the Association des bibliothèques publiques du Québec to stimulate the oral and written language of children ages 6 months to 12 years old by helping to create an interest in reading. The service is easy to use. Simply visit a participating library for a stimulating and appropriate board game.
Each activity sheet offers different activities based on the age or language aspect chosen. Some libraries even offer guidance and advice from qualified staff to facilitate the games.
5 facts about Biblio-Jeux:
- It offers board games the whole family will enjoy.
- The activities were designed by qualified speech therapists.
- It's mainly for parents of children ages 6 months to 12 years old.
- It's free for members of participating public libraries.
- It's available in 70 public libraries across Quebec.
There are many resources available if you want to stimulate your children's learning. Whether you're looking to consolidate development and learning or take the lead while waiting for specialized services, these tools can help you impact a child's educational journey.
Desjardins works with many stakeholders in the field to create relevant, accessible tools for families and education professionals.
What's more, through various initiatives such as the Together For Our Youth program, the Desjardins Foundation and the GoodSpark Fund, we support numerous resources like those above, which are aimed at supporting young people's educational success.