5 raisons pour lesquelles vous devrez essayer le dessin dirigé en maternelle

Bonjour! Today I am popping in to talk about one of my FAVOURITE activities to get started with right away in maternelle - directed drawing!

I start with directed drawing pretty much from the first full week of maternelle. I LOVE routine (and so do my students!), and this is one of the first academic activities I start building into our day each year.

I have another blog post coming next week with my best tips for directed drawing, but I wanted to take some time to first go over why I think you should give it a try in your classroom. There are many benefits that come from directed drawing - it is not "fluff" or a filler activity.

Here are my top five reasons why you should give directed drawing a go in your French primary classroom:

Have you tried directed drawing in your French kindergarten or first grade class yet? Directed drawing is fun and teaches your students a lot of drawing skills AND life skills. Here are five reasons why you should give directed drawing a go this year!


Every single year that I do directed drawing, my students are AMAZED at what they can create when they try thoughtful, multi-step drawings. Almost every student ends up being much better at drawing than they thought, simply because no one has ever showed them how to take their time, think about each part of what they want to draw, and add details. I get so excited to show my students what they are capable of!


I build directed drawing into our alphabet routine. I use these directed drawing sheets, where we draw one thing for each letter. What we draw is also the exact same anchor word that we have on our alphabet posters. Consistency is key to help your students anchor letter sounds to letters!

Also, we all know that students learn in different ways - drawing something that begins with the target letter of the day or week may help some of your students really remember their letter names and sounds.

Here is an example of the alphabet sheets we do:

The best-kept classroom décor secret

Bonjour! Today, I am here to share with you what I believe to be the best-kept classroom decor secret in elementary.

So, we all have posters and référentiels on display in our classrooms, right? We use them for evvvvverything in maternelle - colours, letters, numbers, sight words, routines and procedures, vocabulary, reading strategies, writing strategies, etc. etc!

In just about every classroom, you can find store-bought posters, teacher-made posters, and student-made posters (yes - I believe there is a place for all three types).

We know that posters and référentiels are valuable - essential, even!

BUT... we all have one little problem (or, at least we all do at my school).

Lack. Of. Space!!!

How many of you have strict fire marshals who don't allow more than 20% of the walls to be covered (and 20% of the walls are pretty much already covered by bulletin boards, white boards, and coat hooks)?

I do!

Plus, I love using my big white board as a word wall. So, I am always scrambling for space to display my référentiels and the posters that we create together.

Today, I am going to share with you one little change I have made in my classroom that has resulted in a few extra inches of space all around (and those inches do make a difference!).

Drum roll please...

10 ressources GRATUITES pour la rentrée

Back to school is sneaking up on us - EEK!

I can't believe that two weeks of summer have already flown by. I personally still think it's too early for you to start getting ready, but I did want to put a little list together for you of five of my favourite French back to school freebies, so that it's ready for you when you are ;)

Looking for FREE back to school resources in French? Check out this blog post and find 10 ressources gratuites pour la rentrée! Parfait pour la maternelle ou la première année.

All of these resources can be found on TPT (except one), and all of the ones that I made are in my Free French Resource Library (which is a special place for my newsletter subscribers - if you want to get on the list, just enter your info and click that pink button below!):


I made these focus wall headers as a special request for one of my favourite customers, and I love how they turned out! They are chalkboard-themed and look very nice up on the wall. A focus wall is a great way for you to display what you are working on each week.

FREE French Daily Focus Wall labels - Chalkboard

If you need more labels to match, I also made a set of editable labels in the same theme. They are not free, but they are in my TPT store if you need them! :)

Click here to see them in my store.


I will definitely be using this freebie this year! Displaying posters of the art routine is very helpful for keeping your students on track, and will help them develop independence.


I love this freebie from Mme Émilie! I hang the months on my wall as our birthday chart every year. I get my students to each colour a cupcake and we display them under our birthday months.


This class list template is EDITABLE, so you can type in your name, the year, and your students' names! You will just need to open it in PowerPoint or Keynote.

FREE Editable student checklist template

5 & 6. FRENCH DESK TAGS (x2!)

Les coccinelles - If you are limited on space and are looking for a simple design, I made these ladybug-themed desk plates a few years ago. They have a space for your students' names and feature the alphabet and numbers 1-20. They also come in two sizes.

Signets/affichettes de nom - thème coccinelle

If you have more space available or are looking for more content on your desk plates, check out these ones by For French Immersion!


(This freebie is EXCLUSIVE to my newsletter subscribers. You can find it in the Free Resource Library in the "Holidays" section)

Read all about how to use these glow necklace gift tags in this blog post!

Looking for FREE back to school resources in French? Check out this blog post and find 10 ressources gratuites pour la rentrée! Parfait pour la maternelle ou la première année.

8. FRENCH BACK TO SCHOOL CROWN - La classe de Madame Angel

I always do crowns on the first day! I put them out on the tables and my students start colouring as they arrive. It helps our day to start nice and smoothly, as everyone knows how to get started right away!


These bookmarks would make such a cute first day of school gift! There are book marks for a wide variety of grades.


These are a brand new freebie that I just added to my store and to the library. I LOVE using square posters because they save so much space! The free set is mini-sized, so you can use them for all kinds of things.

Les couleurs - MINI affiches (FRENCH Mini Colour Posters)

Again, if you need the full-sized set (there are also more spelling/masculin/féminin options in the full set), just click here to see it in my TPT store.

BONUS - Just in case you didn't find everything you need, or if you don't teach maternelle and some of these aren't as relevant to you, you can still download the FREE Back to School French E-Book that 15 different French Teacher-Authors put together just for French teachers in 2016!

Looking for FREE back to school resources in French? Check out this blog post and find 10 ressources gratuites pour la rentrée! Parfait pour la maternelle ou la première année.