Free French stories for kids
Engaging listening practice put into context with visuals and subtitles, sometimes repeated in French AND English.
The stories are very short, between 1 to 3 minutes long approximately.
Ideas for use in class:
a) Watch the video
b) Highlight/point out phrases of particular interest/use
c) Talk about the story in English
d) Encourage students to engage with the characters, their feelings and experiences.
e) Relate those feelings and experiences to children’s own lives.
f) Return to & discuss the phrases highlighted at the beginning.
g) Ask students to write and illustrate the story
h) Encourage students to return to the video for more practice …
i) and go on to write stories of their own!
These short stories offer useful practice for children to return to, like a pile of picture books, but of course the emphasis here is on listening and speaking practice, with subtitles for reading practice & to reinforce learning. The majority of the stories here are related to Maggie and Billy, but there are a few different ones: e.g. Fire in the mountains! , and all the resources on A Green Mouse attempt to provide an interesting context:
Introductions in French: Meeting & Greeting!
Not really a story but included because of the ‘characters’ in the different scenes!
A New Puppy – Likes & Dislikes – FRENCH with subtitles
Maggie est coquine!
True story about a very special little dog!
Maggie & the squirrel – (Watch Maggie doing her job!!)
Ma Famille – A True Story!
Lots of useful vocabulary about family members:
Maggie & Billy at the river – FRENCH
Je m’appelle Billy – Introducing Billy! Maggie’s son!!
Billy & the stick insects (Prepositions) French AND English
Winter scenes in French for kids: L’hiver
Imperfect tense – A New Puppy – (Watch this puppy grow up!)
French Holiday Story: Fire in the mountains!!
(Story in the present tense with 3 versions to choose from)