Enseigner et pratiquer la fusion à travers des jeux

Happy Sunday!

My aim was to talk about Texte dictée today, but... of course, I forgot to take pictures of them at school this week! So, they will have to wait for next week. Instead, I want to talk to you about how I teach my students blending - la fusion - or, how to "sound out" words. This strategy corresponds to the "serpent", if you use my animal reading strategies.

We all know that being able to sound out/decode words is key to being able to read. While it is not the first strategy I teach, it is definitely an important one, and you may find that many of your kinders are ready for it at this point in the year. The big question is, how can you teach decoding in a fun, effective way?

Decoding can be stressful for kinders to practice only when they are reading books. There are so many other things going on in their brains while they are reading! I find it works best to isolate the strategy and practice it using games. That way, my students already know that they can do it, and don't hesitate to give it a try in context. I can also control which letters and how many letters they are trying to blend at a time, and can adjust depending on their level of ability. By practicing in a relaxed, fun environment, my students don't always even realize that they are practicing something that is actually pretty tricky!

Read on to see a few of my favourite games and activities to do with my kinders who are ready to practice blending.

Trying to teach your maternelle students how to blend words (la fusion) to help them learn to read? There are lots of FUN ways to do it! Check out this blog post for a variety of fun games you can play with your French elementary students, and grab a FREE French speed reading blending game!

I like to practice blending using both nonsense words and real words. Nonsense words are fun and silly, and real words are obviously very important, as they are what my students will actually be reading in their books ;)

Comment gérer vos fiches de lecture

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Running records - fiches de lecture.

Hopefully we all know what they are - a tool to use to help us notice student reading behaviours, and then guide our teaching.

However, most teachers I know still have questions about running records - namely, how to do them, how to find the time to get them done, how often to do them, and what to do with the results.

I believe that running records are a super important component of good guided reading instruction.

Sometimes, we think we know our students and their reading habits inside and out, but… when we actually sit down, listen to them read, and write down exactly what they say or do, we may find that we don’t know them quite as well as we thought.

The data obtained from running records can help save so much planning time - what your students most need to work on is written right in front of you!

Sounds great, right??

Read on to find out how reading records look in my classroom!

Are you required to do running records (fiches de lecture), but aren't exactly sure what to do with them, or how you can use them to guide your instruction? This blog post is for you! Check out how to fill out a running record, get ideas for when you can do it, and learn how it can help you with your guided reading instruction.

Because I am such a believer in running records, I make it a goal to do at least one per day.

Yup, one per day!

If I hit that goal, it keeps all of my student data current within three weeks.

Sound too optimistic? Don’t worry - I will explain how I do that below. But, before I continue...

La Saint Patrick en maternelle

Hey guys!

Somehow, it is already almost Saint Patrick's Day!


Today, I will be taking a little break from talking about guided reading to share what we will be doing in my classroom this week to celebrate all things green and Irish!

This week is our last week before March Break, so we will be celebrating hard, as we don't actually have school on Saint Patrick's Day.

Read on for a plethora of fun, simple, exciting ideas - and even some free ones! ;)

Looking for some fun activities for Saint Patrick's Day for your French primary classroom? Look no further! This blog post is full of great ideas, including some free ones!


I will introduce Saint Patrick's Day to my students using Lucy from For French Immersion's fantastic, FREE slide share presentation! Just click on the image below to find it for yourself.


Art is my favourite, so we actually already got started with some leprechaun art last week! Look how cute their directed drawings are!