French rhyme time


I have something exciting to announce tonight, just in time for back to school! As of today, I have officially decided to offer a Newsletter to all of my favourite people (that means you!). When you sign up, you will be the first to know about new blog posts, exclusive information, great deals, and occasional FREE downloads. In fact, you can get a band new, free download right now - just for signing up!

In getting ready for back to school, I have been compiling all of my guided reading games and activities (getting organized is my big goal for this year!). Last week, I talked about some ways that I practice counting syllables with my students. Another big skill that K and 1 students need to work on is rhyming. Students should be able to identify and produce rhymes, and figure out which words in a series do not rhyme with a target word. Like syllables, rhymes are another way to show students that words and sounds can be fun, and that we can be silly with them!

The game pictured above I call "Mots dans un bateau". Yes, even the title rhymes ;) It is so simple, but very effective. I use it during small group time, but I also turn it into a whole group game as well. The set includes six boats, each with a different image on the hull and four blank spaces.

Les syllabes - pourquoi sont-elles importantes?

Do you practice dividing words into syllables and putting them back together with your students? How about figuring out how many syllables are in a variety of words, and counting them? If you haven't practiced this with your students before, you definitely should start!!

Being able to divide a word into syllables is a VERY important pre-reading skill! As I'm sure you know, as students learn to decode new words while reading, it is much more efficient for them to read words in chunks, rather than stretching out each letter - especially when reading longer words. If you wanted to read "lavabo", for example, it is much easier to read it as "la-va-bo" than to read it as "llll-aaa-vvv-aaa-bbb-ooo" and then try to remember all of the letters you just said! It is so important for our students to practice “chunking” words like this, and to practice putting the chunks back together again, so that they are used to doing this when they begin to read. A great way to introduce this skill is to practice it orally. Reading words as syllables is no use if students can’t understand what word they have just read, so they need to be able to hold each syllable in their mind and then string them back together. Practicing dividing words into chunks and putting them back together in a relaxed, fun environment (like while playing a game), can help students transfer these skills to print when they are ready to learn to read. 

Comment utiliser les « billets de fierté » en maternelle


As you many have noticed, I have recently added French Brag Tags (billets de fierté) to my TPT store, and have been discussing them a bit on my blog. I like to call them « médailles merveilleuses », but you may have heard of them under a different name. Basically, billets de fierté are a classroom management system, that help you teach and reward your students in a positive way as they learn, develop, and practice great behaviour and character choices. I wanted to write a little blog post today about how I use les billets de fierté in my classroom. As you doubtless know, I teach maternelle - and if you teach maternelle as well, you know that sometimes we have to do things a little bit differently!

Step 1 - Set up
Preparing and setting up your billets de fierté will take some time and work. I highly recommend picking a rainy day and setting up in your living room with lots of coffee and Netflix (or the Olympics if you get started this week!!). Just about any set of brag tags that you purchase will include many different options - especially if you have purchased a bundle of tags. The first thing you will need to do is decide which tags will work for you, and how many of each you will need. Which behaviours do you want your students to learn and show? Which are most important to you and your classroom environment? There is no need to print them all if they don't all work for you - and you don't need to print hundreds of each tag, either.

Changing up my clip chart - plus a freebie!!


If you have been following my blog for awhile, you may have seen this post that I wrote last year about my clip chart. I have used a clip chart ever since I started teaching as a classroom management strategy, tweaking and changing it along the way. Please don't throw tomatoes...if you read my earlier post, you will see how and why I think that clip charts can be a useful tool, despite the bad rap they have been getting lately. But, because I am me and always have to switch things up, I have decided to do my clip chart a little bit differently again this year!

A few weeks ago, I read an AMAZING blog post that showed up on my Facebook page. It is called Why I'll Never Get Rid of My Clip Chart and is written by Sarah Plum(itallo). You can read her original blog post HERE. I have reached out to her and she is in full support of me adapting her original brag tag clip chart idea, and sharing it with you here, in French :)