Holidays are a great time to incorporate foreign language into your homeschool, even if you don’t usually study a foreign language. Christmas is an especially fun time because there are so many resources available to choose from. And, because you’d normally do things like listen to Christmas carols, do some Christmas crafts, read some Christmas stories, and watch some Christmas movies, it’s not much extra effort to do them in a foreign language. You don’t even need to buy anything, because there are so many free resources out there. Every year, I end up buying a few of our favorite things, but we use a lot of free stuff.
I made this list to help you get started naturally incorporating foreign language activities into your holiday celebrations.
It’s a great time to introduce your children to new foreign languages, too. Christmas carols are a really fun way to start learning a song in a new language.
The following songs are included:
Stille Nacht – Silent Night in German
Astro Del Ciel – Italian Christmas carol
Douce Nuit – French Christmas carol
Vive Le Vent – French Jingle Bells
Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant: A traditional French Christmas carol
Maria Durch Ein Dornwald Ging – A traditional advent German song
Joy to the World in Chinese
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in Spanish
Games are another great way to celebrate the holidays in a foreign language.
Mommy Maestra has a free printable Christmas board game that looks really fun and was sponsored by Spanish For You. There’s also a free audio file to go with it.
You can find stories on Amazon, at your local library, or on YouTube. C’Etait La Veille De Noel (French Edition)
My kids love the “No, David” books, and the vocabulary is simple enough for beginners. Llego la Navidad, David! (Spanish Edition)
If you don’t speak or read the foreign language your children are learning, don’t worry. You can watch a book being read on YouTube. Santa’s Christmas is available on YouTube in Spanish. Santa’s Christmas is also available on YouTube in German, Chinese, and French.
Check your local library for Christmas DVDs with soundtracks in other languages. Spanish is the most common in the US, but it’s not hard to find French. Watching a movie that you’ve already seen many times means that you’re not frustrated trying to figure out what’s going on. You can pick up words through context much more easily when you’re familiar with the story.
When you check Amazon for DVDs, you can scroll down to the details and see what languages are included on the DVD. For example, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas has a French soundtrack.
Thomas & Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas says that it include Spanish and French soundtracks.
I hope your homeschool enjoys doing some Christmas activities in a foreign language. Have a Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, joyeux Noël, Fröhliche Weihnachten, buon Natale, and 圣诞节快乐!