Comment mettre en place le centre de Lecture à soi

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In case you are late to the party, I have been sharing how I run literacy centres in my classroom over the past few weeks. You can find out how I start centres in this post, how I organize them over here, and see ALL of the centres I have posted about so far by clicking here. Also, don't forget that you can access all of the freebies that you see in any of my posts by signing up for my Free French Resource Library - right HERE!

One great centre that is easy to set up and maintain without a lot of extra prep is the Read-to-Self centre (Lecture à soi). It can take a lot of modelling and practice up front, but the investment pays off - by taking the time to teach your students that they can ALL already read, you can help your students find joy and success in this centre. Books are magical! One of my favourite sayings is about how there is really no child who actually hates reading - there are just children who haven't yet found the right books. It is our job to help them learn how to find the right books, teach them that they can read anything they want, and guide them to discover the magic of lecture à soi!

Read on to see my suggestions for how to get started.

One literacy centre that is really easy to maintain with very little prep is the Read-to-Self centre. But how can you set one up before your students know how to read? This blog post explains how it works in my French kindergarten classroom.


First of all, consider doing whole-group practice in a workshop format prior to turning Lecture à soi into an independent centre. Some of your kindergarten students may know next to nothing about books - they may have never opened one before, they may not know how to treat a book with respect, they may not know how to turn pages carefully, etc. I generally base my lessons around the assumption that my little sweeties all know nothing about books, and teach accordingly (obviously many of them DO know about books, but this way all of my bases are covered).

For 3-4 weeks, I teach quick mini lessons, and then send my students out with tubs or baskets of books to use to practice what I have taught them. We usually do this before our two "normal" centre rotations - I tell them that it is like a centre, but everyone is doing the same thing. I always, always start our first lesson with creating an anchor chart about what it looks like to take care of books, and what someone looks like who is mean to books. I make sure that they know that our books are PRECIOUS, and must be taken care of! I plan to make a product for TPT that explains this more deeply someday, but my to-do list is very long at the moment! Here is an example of what kinds of lessons I would teach in the first week:

Comment utiliser votre tableau à pochettes comme centre d'apprentissage

Hey everyone!

In case you are late to the party, I have been sharing how I run literacy centres in my classroom over the past few weeks. You can find out how I start centres in this post, how I organize them over here, and see ALL of the centres I have posted about so far by clicking here

Do you have a pocket chart in your classroom? Are you looking for ideas and/or ways to use it during your literacy centres? Today's post is for you! I am writing all about how I use my pocket chart during centre time.



90% of the time, I use my pocket chart for what I like to call "Phrases fantastiques". So, most of this post will be about those! At the end, I will share a couple of other ideas that you can incorporate with your pocket chart.

Phrases fantastiques are a great way to build your students' vocabulary, work on their one-to-one correspondence, practice sight words, work on correct sentence structure in their second language, encourage them to start thinking about masculin vs. féminin, and get them reading and writing simple sentences en français. I am all about killing two birds with one stone and being as efficient as possible, and this centre kills so many birds with just one resource!

Here is how to set it up and get started:

C'est quoi le centre "Écris la salle"?

Hey everyone!

In case you are late to the party, I have been sharing how I run literacy centres in my classroom over the past few weeks. You can find out how I start centres in this post, how I organize them over here, and see ALL of the centres I have posted about so far by clicking here

Today I will be writing about my students' most FAVOURITE centre. You may not have heard of "Écris la salle" (Write the Room) as a centre before, but let me tell you - it is a HIT! I have run this centre in my classroom for the past four years, and it is always the most popular. I love it, too - it is easy to set up and explain, it keeps my students busy the whole time, and it gets them moving! You can also run it with very few materials - just a pencil, paper, and clip board for each group member if you want. Here is how to do it!



DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT YOUR STUDENTS TO WRITE
Sight words? Letters? Student names? Thematic vocabulary? Sons composés? The choice is yours! Écris la salle is essentially a scavenger hunt, where you send your students all around the room looking for whatever you like. When they find it, they write it down. What you want them to find depends on your particular group of students and where they are at. 

Trucs et idées pour votre centre de jeux

Hi guys!

In case you are late to the party, I have been sharing how I run literacy centres in my classroom over the past few weeks. You can find out how I start centres in this post, how I organize them over here, and see ALL of the centres I have posted about so far by clicking here

Our games centre is another student favourite! When I first started this centre, I really limited myself and was only thinking in the realm of "board games" and puzzles. While those are awesome, kindergarteners are so young, and it was hard to find engaging games that they were able to play independently. Also, board games are EXPENSIVE! Then, I realized that I could make and teach my own games, and/or adapt old favourites (like Go Fish and Memory) to fit my particular group of students. So, while I do still provide my students with some board games throughout the year, generally based on their interests, this post will mainly be about how you can teach your students games that touch on the literacy outcomes that they need to know.

Games are an awesome way to get your students reviewing important literacy, communication, AND social skills! Check out this blog post to read all about what the Centre de jeux looks like in my French primary classroom!

(Side note - I wrote another blog post last year explaining the WHY behind why I think that games are super important to incorporate into your day as much as possible, especially in French second-language classrooms. You can check out that post by clicking here.)

Here are my top tips for the best games centres! There's a lot of them, but each one is pretty quick!