Fall - L'automne French vocabulary and expressions

School supplies in French – des fournitures scolaires

How time flies! It’s hard to believe that my eldest is starting preschool this year. The start of school or back to school is a time when kids can feel many big emotions, ranging from excitement to apprehension. Whether you’re sending your child to a French-language school or whether you’re teaching them French at home, it’s an opportune time to introduce and practice school supplies in French.

What is back to school in French?

Back to school in French is la rentrée scholaire or it can be shortened to la rentrée.

la rentrée scholaire
la rentrée

To get out daughter Surya excited about going to preschool, we’ve been surprising her with the school supplies she will soon need such as her lunchbox, backpack, shoes, jacket, etc. We also visited her school and she got to see what her day would look like.

School – une école

School supplies in French

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Pencil – un crayon

Felt pen, marker – un feutre, un marqueur

un feutre
un marqueur

Colouring crayons – des crayons de couleur

Pencil case – une trousse, un étui à crayons

une trousse
un étui à crayons

Notebook – un cahier

Backpack, school bag – un sac à dos, un cartable

Un sac à dos and un cartable are both bags that you carry on your back using a strap on each shoulder. However, while un sac à dos is more versatile, un cartable is more specific for school, and it usually has a rectangular shape and is more structured.

un sac à dos
un cartable

Waterbottle – une gourde

une gourde

Lunchbox – une boîte à lunch, une boîte à goûter

une boîte à lunch
une boîte à goûter

Will you be teaching your child the words for the common school supplies in French?

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