La MEILLEURE façon d'afficher les billets de fierté dans votre salle de classe

 Bonjour!

If you've been reading my blog for awhile now, you likely know that I LOVE brag tags.

(If you aren't sure exactly what brag tags are yet, check out this post or this post for more details! Or, scroll to the bottom of this post for info on how you can get a set of brag tags for FREE)

In my first post about brag tags a couple of years ago, I wrote about how I use the ball and chain necklaces from Amazon to display my tags.

But...

Since that year, I have not been able to find the right size necklaces on Amazon!!!

The only ones I have found are so tiny that they would pretty much have to be brag tag bracelets or rings.

So, the past two years, I have just been displaying my brag tags on a bulletin board using shower rings.

But, it's just not the same when my students can't get super excited about wearing their tags and showing them off.

This year, I found a solution that I like even BETTER than the ball & chain necklaces!

I actually plan to continue doing this for the rest of the forseeable future, even if Amazon ever gets the right size chains back in stock.

Read on to find out about my new favourite way to display our tags, and how you can do the exact same thing in your classroom!

I'll share exactly what you'll need to make an even BETTER kind of necklace, how to do it, and how I keep them organized.

Do you want to try brag tags in your French classroom, but aren't sure where to start, or how to display them? Check out this blog post for tips on how to get your students to make brag tag necklaces, and download a FREE set of French brag tags to try!


By making brag tag necklaces with your students, they will take even more pride in their tags and be even more excited for the days they can wear them.

Plus, they are inexpensive to make, and your students will get to do an awesome fine-motor activity the first week of school.

They also look AMAZING on a bulletin board!

5 façons de faciliter les cahiers interactifs

Bonjour!

I can't believe we are already into October. Crazy!

We have been working on our interactive alphabet notebooks since the first full week of school.

(If you aren't sure what I'm talking about, check out this blog post before you read any farther!)

As I'm sure you can imagine, interactive notebooks can be (in my opinion) more challenging in maternelle than in other grades.

Especially in September!

However, things have been going really smoothly so far this year, so I thought I would pop in and offer a few tips & suggestions that might help in your classroom, too.

It is my hope that, by reading this post, you will be better able to make the most out of your interactive notebooks, have the preparation go more smoothly/efficiently, and experience less mess overall!

Been wanting to give interactif notebooks (les cahiers interactifs) a go in your French primary classroom, but not sure where to begin? Check out this blog post for 5 ways to make it easier! After reading, you will be better able to make the most out of your interactive notebooks, have the preparation go more smoothly/efficiently, and experience less mess!

Here are my best interactive notebook tips for maternelle:

6 Ways To Use Math Journals In Your French Primary Classroom

Bonjour!

If you have been kicking around my blog for awhile, you know that I am a BIG fan of using math journals for spiral review.

If you are brand new to the party, you can read more about why math journals are so great and how I fit them into my math block here and here.

I use math journals in two ways - as a spiral review activity during our whole group math block, and as "exit tickets" to cap off our small group math lessons.

But, there are LOTS of other ways that you can use math journals, too!

Here are six of my favourite ways to incorporate math journals into your daily routine:

Looking for ways to add math journals to your daily routine in your French primary class, but don't have a lot of extra time? Check out this blog post for six ways you can add math journals to your day, en français!


Préparer plus de « Brag Tags » en moins de temps

Bonjour!

Do you use brag tags in your classroom?

I do!

I love how I can use them to reward and reinforce sooo many amazing things my students do, from being great friends, to speaking French, to showing integrity, and persevering.

(If you aren't sure exactly what brag tags are, check out this blog post before continuing on with this one!)

Brag tags are hands down my FAVOURITE classroom management strategy so far.

Buuuuuut, they have one major drawback.

They take a lot of prep and can be pretty expensive to make!

In my experience, a lot of teachers want to try brag tags, but feel discouraged by all of the printing and laminating that is involved.

I print and prep mine over the summer, so that I am ready for the whole school year, but it can still be a pretty daunting task!

Today, I will be sharing a few tips with you that will hopefully make your brag tag prep quicker, easier, and more cost-effective.

Do you want to try brag tags in your French classroom, but are feeling overwhelmed by the cost and the prep time? Check out this blog post for tips on how to minimize the cost and preparation, and download a FREE set of French brag tags to try!


TIP #1: INSTANT INK

One Simple Routine that will make a BIG Difference During your Math Block

Bonjour!


Well, la rentrée has passed, and we are getting settled into our new routines.


One thing that we started this past week is our math journal routine!


I have written about math journals before, in this blog post, where I explain the top five reasons why I think every French primary teacher should give them a go.


A few years ago, I would struggle with my students remembering what I had taught in previous math units. I would spend so much time creating fun, hands-on lessons, and my students would do really well and seem to have mastered whichever concept I was teaching at the time.


But then, time would pass, and a few months later, it was as if I had never taught them about that topic at all!


My students weren't retaining everything I was teaching them, because they were no longer using the information.


Our brains are wired for this - they will drop information that it deems "unimportant", in order to make room for new information.


Which can often be great and super helpful (there is really no need to remember what you ate for breakfast three weeks ago!). However, it's not helpful at ALL when we want our students to remember things like how to correctly identify and continue patterns, or name 3D shapes!


I like solving problems, so I did a bit of research, and discovered something called "spiral review" -which is basically a fancy term for reviewing what you have previously taught over and over, all throughout the year.


Math journals are an AMAZING tool for spiral review! You can read all the reasons why I think they are so great in my previous post.


But today, I want to focus on something that was key for me - they are QUICK!


I needed to build spiral review into my existing math block in a way that was simple, efficient, and effective. And our math journal routine is the perfect way for me to do it!


Even this past week (our first week of math journals), we got all the way through our routine in 10 minutes or less each day. We haven't really learned much yet, so we weren't actually doing a lot of reviewing, BUT we were setting ourselves up for future spiral review success :)


I wanted to take a few minutes to share our math journal routine with you, step by step, in case you are looking for a quick and effective way to add some spiral review to your day.



7 ressources GRATUITES pour l'automne

Bonjour!

I don't know about you, but I have spent a bit more money than I wanted to on my classroom this back-to-school season. It's so hard to resist all of the cute stuff and quality resources!

I figured that now would be a great time to share some FREE resources with you, to help get you through until that credit card is all paid off ;)

Here are five of my favourite fall-themed French freebies!

Looking for some French freebies for fall in maternelle? Check out this blog post! Includes links to FREE math and literacy activities en français

Quick & Easy Bathroom "Passes"

Hi guys!

As you may have seen on Instagram this week, I have been hard at work setting up my classroom. Things are finally starting to come together, and I am feeling like I will be pretty much ready for la rentrée by Wednesday, when my new kiddos will arrive!

I have been sharing pieces of my prep in my Instagram stories. I have gotten a lot of questions and comments about my new bathroom "passes", so I thought I would share them with you guys today.

I found this idea on Pinterest when I was looking for bathroom pass ideas. I don't like giving real passes that my students have to take with them into the bathroom (ew haha), and they are not required at my school.

Also, we are most often not working at our desks, so I don't find that the kind of pass where your students leave something at their desks to show that they are gone works well for us, either.

The general rule of thumb is that one student can go to the boys' bathroom and one to the girls' bathroom at a time (to reduce the potential for "bathroom play time" haha).

Most of the time, my students have to ask permission to go, so that I can make sure that someone isn't already out of the room. But sometimes, like when I am working with a small group, I just don't want to be interrupted for bathroom requests every 10 seconds!

In the past, I just added a picture of a toilet to our centre board (yes, true story haha - don't judge me), and students would move their picture to the toilet picture while they were gone and replace it when they got back. It worked okay, except that often students would forget to replace their picture, so other students would be waiting a long time for no real reason.

During my Pinterest research, I found a much more fun way to have my students let me know they are at the washroom - push lights!!

I bought two push lights from Amazon (affiliate link - the white ones I got are discontinued, but these black ones seem to be the same!) and drew one of each washroom symbol on them using a regular black Sharpie marker.

I hung them up by the door using hook and loop fasteners (aka Velcro) (I bought the strips from Amazon, too - affiliate link).

A quick, easy, and fun way to make "bathroom passes" for your students! Instead of giving them something to take with them (and most likely forget in the bathroom!), have them flick on a light on their way out and turn it off when they return. You and the other students will easily know when someone is at the washroom!
Ignore the words - I forgot to save the picture before I wrote my Instastory explanation!


When my students need the washroom, they will just click on the light with the symbol that matches the washroom they will be using. When they come back, they will turn it off.

I think that turning the light on and off will be fun/cool/exciting enough that they will be pretty likely to remember to actually do it!

Now I am just hoping they will also remember to wash their hands before they come back ;)

Bonne rentrée!

A quick, easy, and fun way to make "bathroom passes" for your students! Instead of giving them something to take with them (and most likely forget in the bathroom!), have them flick on a light on their way out and turn it off when they return. You and the other students will easily know when someone is at the washroom!


Affiliate links for products I used to make the bathroom passes:

- Push lights

- Velcro strips (I use these for hanging up my visual schedule, too!)

- Black sharpie