apps for kids (French)
The iPad apps in French that Griffin (age four) uses most often, plus a few more better suited to older learners, plus recommendations from French friends, plus some I'm considering downloading. See my detailed reviews of some of these at http://babybilingual.blogspot.com/search/label/iPad
Lire avec Bidule -- a series of 40 leveled 8-page books for emergent readers in French; written by teachers, the books progressively introduce more complex language. Each page includes a cheerful full-color illustration. Each book also addresses a specific challenge for emergent readers, like the hard G/soft G difference, verb conjugation, etc. You can sample 3 books (1 from each level) for free, then purchase sets of 5 for $2.99 or the full app (40 books) for $22.99. I'm very impressed!
Princesses Learn French: Like this company's "Je m'amuse en...", this app uses fairy tales and short games to introduce new words in the target language (French, Spanish, German, Chinese). This one is designed specifically for children who don't already speak French (or the target language).
Je m'amuse en ... A series of four apps which present fairy tales in French while introducing new words in another language (Spanish, German, Chinese, English). Several games (memory, coloring, stickers) reinforce the vocab. Currently three stories are offered, and I hope they'll add more, because this is a great way for me to help Griffin learn Spanish without having to speak to him in English to do so!
Marlene Jobert's Bientot Je Lis (Editions Atlas Jeunesse): beloved original stories narrated by a beloved storyteller; first one free, the others as in-app purchases; the app synthesizes the "flashcards" from each story into a glossary in alphabetical order and then offers simple games like Memory using the cards; a song comes with each story; Griffin and Delphine highly recommend.
Les nouvelles histoires de Marlene Jobert (Editions Atlas): appears to be nonfiction (or at least informational/fact-based) original stories presented in the same manner as Marlene Jobert's Bientot Je Lis (story, song, synchronized cards, games, in-app purchases for additional stories); I'm interested in sharing these with Griffin because most of what we read in French is plot-and-character-based stories
Trouve-les tous: a la recherche des animaux (Knbmedia): learn about animals in their natural habitats with games and explanations (buy "areas of the world" via in-app purchases for additional sets of animals); available in French, English, German, and Spanish; I'm planning to download this one because I think Griffin would appreciate an animal-related game that isn't explicitly trying to teach him French words (like the spelling games and stories)
Coloriages Magiques CP (dev. by Emmanuel Crombez): color-by-letters activity, which Griffin really enjoys on the iPad; this app designed for preschoolers, with others from the same developer for older students (incorporating math, for example); I am considering purchasing this for him
Mes mots a moi (Anuman): looks similar to the other spell-simple-words-by-dragging-and-dropping-letters apps that we already have (and that Griffin adores), but this might be worthwhile because it would bring some new words into the mix! It's not that I want him to learn to spell in French at four years old, but rather that he just enjoys playing games where he hears (and understands) French.
Le coffre a histoires (from La Grande Recre): a trunk full of stories (some original, some fairy tales and fables), simply presented (not a lot of bells and whistles to make them interactive), several of which are free (others available via in-app purchases, with new stories added regularly)
Quelle Histoire: series of bilingual apps (French-English) introducing a historical figure; this first one, Vauban (engineer/architect for Louis XIV) is free; others available to purchase range from Vercingetorix to Lincoln to Mandela (Delphine recommends)
Nathan Maternelle Grande section (5-6 ans): 24 (total) activities for reading, writing, and math (Delphine recommends with reservations due to the relatively small number of things to do); other versions of this app exist for different ages (Griffin has the preschool one but hasn't paid much attention to it)
La petite poule rousse (Ana Lomba's Easy Immersion Classic Storybooks): quite long bilingual stories (others available as in-app purchases); Griffin really likes this one and listens to it in French and in English; this app exists for other languages like Chinese and Spanish as well