The most important support you can offer is a firm belief in the value of learning a second language and to share that belief with your child. Your child will face challenges as he or she grapples with learning concepts in two languages. Encouragement and praise are important tools to keep your child motivated to put forth that extra effort.
Second, it is very important that parents read to their children in English throughout the primary years. This contact with written English will provide a solid foundation for the more formal reading and writing instruction later on. Once students begin reading on their own, either in French or in English, parents need to establish a consistent reading routine. Dual literacy is a gift few Americans ever attain, but it does demand time and effort at home as well as at school.
Third, take advantage of technology tools and the Internet to bring French into your home. These resources provide extra practice and enrichment in the target language, and there is a growing wealth of applications being developed for hand-held devices.
Finally, parents are encouraged to ask the classroom teacher for guidance in dealing with specific assignments or tasks.