8 Produits GRATUITS pour enseigner l'alphabet

I'm sure that we can all agree that learning the alphabet and letter sounds is super important for our Kindergarten students. It can also be confusing for those students who already know them in English, but are now expected to know them en français. Our students need lots of practice and exposure to the French alphabet in lots of different ways - singing their ABCs over and over is not going to cut it!

Alphabet posters and référentiels, anchor words that begin with each letter (that are CONSISTENT among activities, resources, and even grade levels), guided reading games, books, literacy centres, and a variety of activities that reach different learning styles can all help our students master their letters and their sounds. In this blog post, I will be featuring 8 different FREE resources that you can use to help you with your alphabet instruction at any point in the school year.



1. QU'EST-CE QU'UN(E) DIT? - Maternelle avec Mme Andrea
This guided reading warm up activity is a free download in my TPT store. My students enjoy it because it helps them think about letters making sounds just like animals make sounds - for some reason, that realization can be a game changer for some kids. This warm up activity is basically no prep - just print it and cut out the cards (I do like to laminate it to use from year to year, but you don't have to).

To play, just place all cards face-down in a pile. Students will draw a card one at a time and they will each make the sound of the letter or animal shown on the card. Nice and simple!

5 French Freebies for Saint Patrick's Day

I don't know about you, but I am having a hard time believing that Valentine's Day is just two days away... which means that Saint Patrick's Day will be here in another month! Even though we usually are on March Break during Saint Patrick's Day, I still like to discuss the holiday with my students before the break, and celebrate a bit!

Read on to see my top 5 French Freebies for Saint Patrick's Day!
(If you are looking for more ideas, you can read about some of the other fun activities I do with my students each year in this blog post.)



1. TEN FRAME PUZZLES - La Classe de Madame Angel
These Saint Patrick's Day-themed 10 frames puzzles are perfect to add to our math centres this time of year. They include numbers 1-20, but I just use 1-10 in maternelle. Students match the ten frames to the correct word and symbol. To make them self-correcting, I stick identical stickers on the backs of the pieces that go together.

2. LA SAINT PATRICK FRENCH POSTER - Peg Swift
Peg Swift's products are always beautiful! I like this poster because it discusses traditions (an outcome for maternelle in Nova Scotia), and I really like the section where students fill in why they are chanceux. I usually get my students to discuss and share as a group, and then draw their answers, adding words if they are able.

Valentine's Day Math & Literacy Centres

It's almost Valentine's Day, which means lots of love and hearts in my classroom - and my centres! I run a literacy centre rotation every day in my classroom, and my students have free choice of math centres at the end of our math block. So, I am always looking for new, fun ideas that incorporate the current seasons and holidays for our centres that are developmentally appropriate, practice key kindergarten skills, AND are en français.

Read on to see what I will be putting out over the next couple of weeks!



MATH CENTRES

I am just coming back from mat leave, and I am not 100% sure yet where my students are all at because I haven't been teaching and evaluating them all year. I have only been back for a few weeks, so I will be putting out some fairly simple centres that my students can use to practice skills independently. Later on in the year, I will add more games and activities that have more complex instructions and that work on more difficult skills.

[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.