Cadeaux de Noël pour les parents (et un petit cadeau pour vous!)

Hi!

I have been super sick with a rotten cold all week, so I am just popping in with a quick post today! You would think after sleeping from 7:30 last night until 7:30 this morning that I would be all better, but sadly I am just about ready for another nap.

Parent gifts are a big topic of discussion this time of year, and if you are looking for a simple-but-cute idea, this post will show you a couple of things that I have done over the years! I really like making gifts with my students that require them to do as much of the work as possible - even if they may be less "perfect", I feel that parents don't really want a gift from me; they want a gift from their child!

I made this owl ornament with my students last year and the year before. It is a big hit and turns out really well! I get my students to flatten the dough, add the details, and fold it themselves. Once dry, I brought a cardboard box and some gold spray paint outside and we spray painted them right in the box. I suggest gluing the hanging ribbon to the back of the ornament with hot glue in addition to stringing it through the hole, as it does end up being rather heavy. Click on the picture below to see the full instructions:



The first year I did those, my students painted them themselves using liquid paint. They were cute, but it was harder to tell they were owls - ha! The spray paint allows for the details to still show through, and my students loved helping me with that part ;)

We used this kind of air-dry clay for them - I LOVE it! One tub was just enough for all 17 of my students.

Comment j'enseigne les mots fréquents

Hi everyone! As I said in my last blog post, today I will be taking a break from my centres series to go off on a little tangent about how I teach sight words. I hope it will be a helpful tangent, as student sight word lists can be very useful during centre time, particularly for any sort of word work centre that you would like your students to do!


Knowing a wide variety of sight words is SO KEY for primary students when they are learning to read. When your students are able to instantly identify key words without needing to pause and reflect, their brains then have more energy to decode the new words in their text that they haven't seen before. They are also better able to make sense of what they are reading when they don't have to decode every word, so they are better able to predict the new words that are coming up.

Knowing their sight words also helps your students big time with their fluency, as well as their confidence. Sight words make up a huge percentage of the words in just about any text (and certainly any text that your students will be reading in kinder). Once your students realize that they can string together whole sentences with the sight words that they know, they will feel like readers right away!

Also, certain words simply cannot be decoded in the French language - think est, et, les, etc. You can't just slide your finger under those letters, say each sound out loud, and come up with the right word! It is essential that our students memorize these high frequency words to help them start reading as soon as possible, and feel like capable, successful readers.


However, as important as they are, sight words can be quite the monster in kindergarten! Our students are alllll over the map - some learn sight words more quickly than you can teach them, while others take much longer to learn even the "easiest" sight words. Some students also find it easy to read sight words within the context of a sentence, but struggle in isolation - or vice versa. With such a wide range of abilities, how can you possibly teach everyone at their pace and make sure they are staying engaged? It can also be tricky to motivate students to memorize their sight words - how can you encourage them to practice their words over and over until they stick?