My Top 5 Blog Posts of 2018

2018 was a year for the books - and for the blog!

Despite going back to work with a five-month-old baby, said baby turning one in August, AND planning a wedding (jk... wedding planning is not my strength and I totally hired a wedding planner haha), I still managed to publish more blog posts than ever before in 2018.

In January 2018, my aim was to survive heading back to work, and I didn't set any other goals for myself at the time.

But, I do love me some accomplishments, so once I got my feet back under myself, I did set a few.

Knowing full well I would likely fail (but not caring!), in spring 2018, I set an ambitious goal of blogging every week from April-December.

I am super proud to say I mostly stuck to that, only missing a week in July and a week in November - not too shabby!

In fact, this is my 43rd blog post this year, smashing my previous record of 25, and more than doubling how many I posted last year (I blame the newborn for that slow year hehe).

Side note: That's the beauty of setting an "impossible" goal... even if you "fail", as long as you show up as much and as often as you can, you are likely to end up MUCH more successful than if you had never set t in the first place ;)

Since I managed to post so often, I was curious to look back on my stats for the year and see which blog posts from 2018 were the most popular.

In case you missed some good reading, I figured I would share my top 5 here with you!



How to Print as Much as You Want in Full Colour (on a teacher budget)

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I remember when I FIRST discovered TPT.

My boyfriend at the time had won a home lottery, and we were living in a million dollar mansion.

(Turns out million dollar mansions aren't for me, but that's not the point!)

I was halfway through my second year teaching, right before Christmas, and I was struggling so much for so many reasons - at school and in my personal life.

I was the only maternelle teacher at my school, and I had no one to mentor me or help me figure out what I was doing.

Then, I found out Pinterest (only used for adorable quotes and home décor up to this point) had teaching ideas, too.

Then I found kindergarten teacher blogs.

And then... TPT!

I was magical and life-changing. It turned me into a better teacher and human and I started learning, creating, trying new things with my students, and hitting my groove as a teacher.

BUT, I still had one problem.

I can remember sitting upstairs in the million dollar mansion (because every house needs an upstairs living room too, right?), printing page after page after page, using my old awful printer that wasn't built for card stock OR the amount of work I was putting it through.

I'm pretty sure I went through at LEAST five ink cartridges in the FIRST MONTH.

That's a lot of ink and a LOT of money, even if you aren't paying on a mortgage!!!

Struggling with printer ink expenses on a teacher budget? Check out the blog post and learn my secret to being able to print as many full colour resources as I need WITHOUT breaking the bank, month after month!
This was me haha

In hindsight, I could have bought shares in Staples!

Then, we broke up a month or so later, and I did have to start paying rent. Along with all of the other expenses that had previously been split two ways.

I couldn't really afford to print things from TPT anymore (my school doesn't have a colour printer), but I also knew there had to be a solution to my problem.

And there was!!!

Due to some tenacious digging, I discovered a way to now print evvvvverything I need (and usually more) from home, in full colour, for less than 14$ a month!

Struggling with printer ink expenses on a teacher budget? Check out the blog post and learn my secret to being able to print as many full colour resources as I need WITHOUT breaking the bank, month after month!

5 Reasons You Should Make More Time for Syllables

Not sure why syllables are SO important for your primary French second-language students to learn? Check out this blog post for 5 reasons why you NEED to be making more time for syllables in your teaching day! Your students will become stronger readers AND writers with this important info.


Real talk!

If you're a teacher, too, I'm sure that I don't have to tell you this... but, sometimes we have so much going on that we can't remember to cover #allofthethings.

I blink and then it's March and I haven't even covered HALF of the things that I planned to cover by now!

It can be so easy to be tempted to skip over or rush some of the simpler things that probably everyone knows anyway.

Like syllables!

My first year of teaching, I thought that syllables were easy and obvious and that I didn't need to spend much time on them.

Of course, if you've read my other blog post about syllables, you already know that that was a mistake!

When it came time for my students to read words in chunks and "fusionne" them together, they hadn't had enough practice with syllables, and we had to backtrack in order to continue moving forward.

Now, there are a bunch of reasons why I LOVE teaching and practicing syllables with my students.

Read on for my top 5 reasons I think that you need to make more time for syllables in your teaching day!

Not sure why syllables are SO important for your primary French second-language students to learn? Check out this blog post for 5 reasons why you NEED to be making more time for syllables in your teaching day!


5 Festive Activities for Your French Kindergarteners

You know it, I know it, we ALL know it.

December = Christmas = crazy!

You're tired, your students are wired, and elves on shelves are popping up all over the place (provided you can remember to move them around, of course).

Did I mention we are all tired??

In my blog post last week, I mentioned that you should try to give in and embrace the Christmas crazies throughout the month of December.

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

In my classroom, we celebrate all month long!

I try to choose activities to help us cover some of our outcomes, and I find when I incorporate some holiday spirit, my students stay pretty engaged.

(Plus you can always *gently remind* them Santa is watching if they get off task, haha!)

Read on for five of my favourite December activities I do year after year!

5 Festive French Songs your Maternelle Students will LOVE

WELCOME TO DECEMBER!

December is a wonderful month (hello, Christmas), but it can also be INSANE! 
As in, scraping-children-from-the-ceiling-on-repeat insane.
Between Christmas concerts, Christmas concert practices, special Christmas dinners, sleepy students due to community events, an abundance of SUGAR and chocolate, rogue elves on the shelves, and general excitement and anticipation, it is no wonder our students are bouncing off the walls.
In my opinion, the best way to get through the December/Christmas crazies is just to embrace them, and accept that this month is probably going to be a bit more chaotic than the others.
(Except maybe September, haha)
In my classroom, I happily accept my students' joy and immense love of everything Christmas-y, and use it to keep their engagement as high as humanly possible. 
We do Christmas literacy centres, we do Christmas math activities, we read about Christmas, we write about Christmas, and we SING about Christmas! 
Les chansons et les comptines are so, so important in maternelle, especially in a second-language classroom. 
We try to sing all year long, but I really kick it up a notch in December!
My students are definitely more excited for Christmas songs and poems than any other kind of song or poem. 
Read on for my top 5 French Christmas songs to learn in maternelle!