Math in French: Master the basics in Kindergarten and First Grade

Why not try a bit of math in French next time you get the chance to visit France? Although it might be tempting to stop working altogether, there are plenty of things you can do when on vacation to keep the wheels turning.

To help, it might be a good idea to think of math in a foreign language. This will help your child to continue their development and have fun while away from school this summer. And, before you know it, they will be conversing with others using their newfound knowledge!

So, without further ado, let’s get started with some math home learning – in French!

For anyone who is wondering, the French word for math is mathématiques.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way… let’s take a look at some basic vocabulary together to get you started:


Numbers are a good place to start. Mastering these will help your child to start using French when you are out and about.

math in french number

Consistently reading these out loud and reciting them together will push these terms into your long-term memory.

You might then want to use these numbers in a holiday-themed sentence. Perhaps:

Je voudrais + [number] + glaces = I would like + [number] + ice creams

For example:

Je voudrais deux glaces = I would like two ice creams

Four Operations

Do we all remember our operations?

In math, operations refer to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Fortunately, most of the four operations are the same as their English equivalents so it might not take long for your child to remember these!

  • addition = l’addition
  • subtraction = la soustraction
  • multiplication = la multiplication
  • division = la division

2D Shapes

Once your child has mastered the french numbers and operations, you can then move them on to talking about shapes.

Why not try finding one of the shapes below when you’re on vacation? Perhaps a nice square piece of cake?

This will really start to get their brain working:

math in french 2D Shape

Try to encourage your child to incorporate their number and shape knowledge together in the sentence:

J’ai [number] + [shape] = I have [number] + [shape]

For example:

J’ai trois triangles = I have three triangles

3D Shapes

Once you have mastered this vocabulary, why not move on to 3D shapes?

math in french 3D Shape

Again, try to encourage your child to use their shape vocabulary in the sentence:

J’ai [number] + [shape]

For example:

J’ai onze cônes = I have eleven cones

To improve memory retention further, it might be a good idea to print this vocabulary.

Sticking these translations up around your house (once you have returned from your vacations), will help cement the ‘math in french’ connections made in your child’s brain.

Do you have students who need extra support in math?
Give your students more opportunities to consolidate learning and practice skills through personalized math tutoring with their own dedicated online math tutor.

Each student receives differentiated instruction designed to close their individual learning gaps, and scaffolded learning ensures every student learns at the right pace. Lessons are aligned with your state’s standards and assessments, plus you’ll receive regular reports every step of the way.

Personalized one-on-one math tutoring programs are available for:
2nd grade tutoring
3rd grade tutoring
4th grade tutoring
5th grade tutoring
6th grade tutoring
7th grade tutoring
8th grade tutoring

Why not learn more about how it works?

The content in this article was originally written by primary school teacher Sophie Bartlett and has since been revised and adapted for US schools by elementary math teacher Jaclyn Wassell


PEMDAS Math Poster (Spanish Version) [FREE]

Trying to help remember what the mnemonic PEMDAS stands for? Display this poster to engage young learners with answering questions on the order of operations.

Check out more English and Spanish posters available in our US resource library!