[My Faves] - My Favourite French Valentine's Day Resources

Guys!! It's January 15th! Do you know what that means? It means that Valentine's Day is officially less than one month away!

I LOVE celebrating Valentine's Day at school. Ever since my first year of teaching maternelle, I have always found Valentine's Day to be a super special day in the classroom. There is something about every student giving cards to every other students that just warms my heart. I love that moment at the end of the day when everyone is passing out cards, reading their friends' names, sliding them into their mailboxes, and then excitedly opening every single one.

(Even though I am MEGA MEGA anti-boyfriend/girlfriend/anything of the sort in the primary grades ;) )

To help you celebrate this special day with your kinders this year, here is a quick list of my favourite FrenchValentine's Day resources - the ones that I use in my classroom year after year!



(And yes, we begin celebrating pretty early... I will probably start putting our Valentine's Day centres out this week!)

As with my Favourite French Winter Resources, most of these are freebies. But, I have tossed in a couple of paid resources at the end, as well. As always, just click on any of the images or on the name of any resources to be taken to them on TPT!

La correspondance mot à mot et la fluidité

1:1 correspondence (correspondance mot à mot) and fluidity (la fluidité) are both very important skills that we need to develop in our students - even in our beginning readers! Both can be taught and explicitly practiced from the very start of their journey to learn to read, and can be taught and practiced in many fun and engaging ways.

But before I share my favourite ways to teach and practice these skills, you may be wondering what I'm talking about!

WHAT EXACTLY IS CORRESPONDANCE MOT À MOT?

When a student has mastered 1:1 correspondence, this means that they understand that a word on the page = a word that you say when you are reading (either aloud or in your head). They have a solid grasp of the link between the text in books and the words that come from their mouth.

You can tell that a student is mastering this skill when they are looking at the words on the page as they read (not at the sky!!!) and they are saying the correct amount of words. They also may notice when they make a mistake or when there is a new, unfamiliar word that they haven't seen before. If you ask them to point at each word or at a specific word when they read, they are able to do so.

If a student has not yet developed this skill, you may see them memorizing texts and looking at you (or the sky!) as they "read", looking at the picture and saying anything that pops into their head, or not realizing if they have said too many or not enough words. And this isn't a bad thing! Being able to orally tell stories while looking at the pictures is a great pre-reading skill. There are lots of things that you can do to help your students take it to the next level!

WHAT EXACTLY IS FLUIDITÉ?

Reading with fluidity means that you read like you speak. A student who can read with fluidity reads with expression and intonation (that makes sense depending on the context of the story), and not like a robot. Even if they can't read new books yet, they can imitate the teacher's voice and intonation during shared or choral reading, and can recite known comptines or sing known songs with expression.

FREE French Valentine's Day Cards for Everyone!

Happy New Year, fellow teachers! It's hard to believe that 2018 is here, and I am celebrating my 3 year TPT-iversary. Crazy!! I am heading back to work in just two sleeps after a short mat leave (my partner is taking the rest of the year off), and I am looking forward to having lots of things to blog about again!

Even though it's only January 1st, I have already been thinking about Valentine's Day. As I'm sure I've mentioned before, I am a super Type B person who generally flies by the seat of my pants... but that doesn't mean that I don't like to *try* and get my stuff together and plan *some* things out.

One challenge that I seem to have every year is getting my Valentine's Day cards ready in advance. Yup, I am totally that teacher who is scrambling to write them the morning of our class party ;) I live in a French minority community, so there are not really ever any French Valentine's Day cards available for purchase in stores in our area. Since I just print them out myself and don't need to worry about buying them in advance, this leads to me leaving them to the last second.

But, it always ends up being a stressful race against the clock, and I don't want that to happen to you!

If you can't find French Valentines in stores in your area, either, no need to worry! There are a variety of French TPT authors who have made their own French V-day cards, and have them available for FREE (including me!). Here is a collection of six different card options that you can give to your French students this year!

5 different French Valentine's Day card freebies - lots of choices for you to print and give to your students this Valentine's Day!


Just click on the image for each resource to be taken to where you can download it for yourself!

[My Faves] - My Favourite French Winter Resources


Which French resources do I use all winter long with my French kindergarten students? Read this blog post to find out! Most resources highlighted are freebies, with a couple of recommended paid resources sprinkled in.

Bonjour! I can't believe that I haven't written a blog post since July... and it's DECEMBER! I have been a little bit busy since then, what with having a baby and taking care of said baby. Baby Leah is 4 months old, and I am so excited that I have started to be able to get back into the swing of things on TPT, and now my blog!

I am not back at work yet, but I am going back soon! Leah's dad is going to be taking over parental leave after Christmas, and I am really excited to be going back to school. I don't know about you, but when January arrives in the classroom, I am suddenly all about WINTER! Whether or not we actually have gotten any snow yet ;)

I have been thinking about and preparing some of my favourite winter resources, and I thought I might as well hop on here while Leah naps and share some of them with you! Most of them are freebies, but I have included a couple of my most-used paid favourites as well.


Number puzzles (1-20) - French Buzz (FREE)
I love these guys - they are perfect for math centres! Your students will put together the number word, symbol, and correct amount of winter objects to complete each puzzle. You could even use them as a quick evaluation activity for counting and ability to match each number to its quantity.

La formation des lettres avec les élèves de la maternelle

Hi! Long time no blog post! Sorry about that - turns out pregnant Andrea is not my best Andrea ;) So, you may hear from me again soon, you may not - balancing is a struggle right now for me! #realtalk

Since the back to school season is coming sooner rather than later for the rest of you, I wanted to pop in today to talk about something that is a huuuuge focus for me and my students throughout the year. Letter formation!

Letter formation is a HUGE part of kindergarten! We need our students to know their letters and sounds like the backs of their hands if they are going to be successful readers and writers. Check out some of my favourite alphabet activities to do with my French kindergarten students!


As I'm sure you know, learning letters and sounds is a MEGA important part of kindergarten. If our students don't know their letters and their sounds, they probably aren't going to be able to read or write! It is our job to make sure that we build a super solid foundation for our students, so that they end up knowing their letters and sounds like the backs of their hands and can go on to be successful readers and writers.

Many students need a LOT of practice to get their letters down pat, and have a really hard time associating letter names/sounds with their symbol. There are lots of different things that I do with my students to help them master this important skill. Some activities are great to do whole-group, some are better in a small-group setting, and others I have them practice on their own during literacy centres.

Le meilleur jeu de communication orale

Happy long weekend! I can never quite believe it when this weekend rolls around, because it means that we are in the home stretch. The last "break" before the end of the school year! I love the extra day off, but I also panic a bit, because I am always concerned that I haven't taught my kids quite enough to have them 100% ready for grade one. There is always more to teach!

At this point in the year, I expect all of my students to be speaking in French all the time. And, although there are always exceptions, 99% of my students can and do make the effort to speak French as much as possible throughout the day (minus perhaps when they are on the playground and I can't hear them, ha!).

However, my big focus for communication orale at this time of the year tends to switch from are they speaking often? to are they speaking CORRECTLY? Although I teach at a francophone school, we are in a minority community, and the reality is that our students speak using a LOT of "anglicismes" and incorrect structure. In fact, our school improvement plan for elementary is totally centred around improving our students' correctness when they speak.

Today, I would like to share with you my FAVOURITE game for teaching and practicing correct sentence structure. In my humble opinion, it is the best oral communication game for young students. Read on to find out why I think so, and how to set it up and play!


Speaking with correct structure is important. I know that we are all about getting our second language-learners to take risks, and we don't want to correct them all the time for fear that they will stop trying, but I think it is super reasonable to teach and practice certain structures, and then expect students to use them. I have never had a student get upset at a reminder to try to self-correct a structure that we have practiced together.

Speaking is the foundation of all literacy. If our students cannot speak correctly, they will be unable to then write correctly, and read correctly - they won't be able to use the structure of a sentence they are reading to anticipate the next word, or self-correct, as they won't hear the mistake in what they said. So please, to help ensure their future success, help your students learn how to speak correctly, and expect them to use those structures that you have taught and practiced in every day conversation!

But, how can we teach and practice these correct structures in a way that is fun, engaging, and allows EVERY student to practice saying the structure over and over? Enter my favourite game...

Setting up our science centre - PLANTS

Well, spring is definitely hear in Nova Scotia! We haven't had snow in over a month, and it has been raining, raining, raining. Needless to say... spring fever is here, right along with it!

To combat spring fever, I have switched up our centres a bit, to keep my active little munchkins engaged. We have been working on observing with our five senses all year long. So, I decided to add a science centre into our rotation, where my students will practice using these skills independently, to make their own discoveries!

Tips and tricks for getting a science centre started in your French primary classroom. Plants are a great topic to start with, and this blog post has tons of ideas for getting your students exploring! There is also a FREE French poster about the parts of a scientist to build and display with your students.



We recently planted bean seeds and have been eagerly watching them grow. So, I figured that it would make sense to start out with a plant-themed science centre, and expose my students to other kinds of seeds, plants, tools, soil, etc.



Here is what our table looks like right now.