My Favourite French Valentine's Day Resources

It's January 15th! Do you know what that means?

It means that Valentine's Day is officially less than one month away!

I LOVE celebrating Valentine's Day at school. Ever since my first year of teaching maternelle, I have always found Valentine's Day to be a super special day in the classroom. There is something about every student giving cards to every other students that just warms my heart. I love that moment at the end of the day when everyone is passing out cards, reading their friends' names, sliding them into their mailboxes, and then excitedly opening every single one.

(Even though I am MEGA MEGA anti-boyfriend/girlfriend/anything of the sort in the primary grades ;) )

To help you celebrate this special day with your kinders this year, here is a quick list of my favourite French Valentine's Day resources - the ones that I use in my classroom year after year!



(And yes, we begin celebrating pretty early... I will probably start putting our Valentine's Day centres out this week!)

As with my Favourite French Winter Resources, most of these are freebies. But, I have tossed in a couple of paid resources at the end, as well. As always, just click on any of the images or on the name of any resources to be taken to them on TPT!

And, as always, all of the freebies created by me are also available in my FREE French Resource Library, if you're a member. If you aren't a member yet, but you want to be, just enter your name & email below, click the pink button, and I will send you the password and access instructions right away!

La correspondance mot à mot et la fluidité

1:1 correspondence (correspondance mot à mot) and fluidity (la fluidité) are both very important skills that we need to develop in our students - even in our beginning readers!

Both can be taught and explicitly practiced from the very start of their journey to learn to read, and can be taught and practiced in many fun and engaging ways.

But before I share my favourite ways to teach and practice these skills, you may be wondering what I'm talking about!

WHAT EXACTLY IS CORRESPONDANCE MOT À MOT?

When a student has mastered 1:1 correspondence, this means that they understand that a word on the page = a word that you say when you are reading (either aloud or in your head). They have a solid grasp of the link between the text in books and the words that come from their mouth.

You can tell that a student is mastering this skill when they are looking at the words on the page as they read (not at the sky!!!) and they are saying the correct amount of words. They also may notice when they make a mistake or when there is a new, unfamiliar word that they haven't seen before. If you ask them to point at each word or at a specific word when they read, they are able to do so.

If a student has not yet developed this skill, you may see them memorizing texts and looking at you (or the sky!!!) as they "read," looking at the picture and saying anything that pops into their head, or not realizing if they have said too many or not enough words. And this isn't a bad thing! Being able to orally tell stories while looking at the pictures is a great pre-reading skill. There are lots of things that you can do to help your students take it to the next level!

WHAT EXACTLY IS FLUIDITÉ?

Reading with fluidity means that you read like you speak. A student who can read with fluidity reads with expression and intonation (that makes sense depending on the context of the story), and not like a robot. Even if they can't read new books yet, they can imitate the teacher's voice and intonation during shared or choral reading, and can recite known comptines or sing known songs with expression.

FREE French Valentine's Day Cards for Everyone!

Happy New Year, fellow teachers!

It's hard to believe that 2018 is here, and I am celebrating my 3 year TPT-iversary. Crazy!

I am heading back to work in just two sleeps after a short mat leave (my partner is taking the rest of the year off), and I am looking forward to having lots of things to blog about again!

Even though it's only January 1st, I have already been thinking about Valentine's Day. As I'm sure I've mentioned before, I am a super Type B person who generally flies by the seat of my pants... but that doesn't mean that I don't like to *try* and get my stuff together and plan *some* things out.

One challenge that I seem to have every year is getting my Valentine's Day cards ready in advance.

Yup, I am totally that teacher who is scrambling to write them the morning of our class party ;) I live in a French minority community, so there are not really ever any French Valentine's Day cards available for purchase in stores in our area. Since I just print them out myself and don't need to worry about buying them in advance, this leads to me leaving them to the last second.

But, it always ends up being a stressful race against the clock, and I don't want that to happen to you!

If you can't find French Valentine's Day cards in stores in your area, either, no need to worry! There are a variety of French TPT authors who have made their own French V-day cards, and have them available for FREE (including me!).

Here is a collection of six different card options that you can give to your French students this year!

5 different French Valentine's Day card freebies - lots of choices for you to print and give to your students this Valentine's Day!


Just click on the image for each resource to be taken to where you can download it for yourself!