How to Reuse Your French Classroom Posters for Student Référentiels

If you're a teacher, I am CERTAIN what I'm about to say is something you already know from first-hand experience, but teachers don't receive a lot of (any?) money to help outfit their classroom.

I had to start my teaching career with recycled alphabet posters - none of which matched!

My students were probably so confused because in one area of the classroom, D was for dragon, in another, D was for dauphin, and for their writing folder linking charts, D was for dinosaure!

But I didn't have much choice - I didn't have the money to buy three copies of everything, or the time to make three versions of the same alphabet myself.

I've gotten a bit smarter and a bit more resourceful over the years, so today I want to share a little tip for you that has worked really well for me and my students.

We need to create/purchase sooo many resources for our classrooms, so today I will share a way to "double dip" and re-purpose any digital posters that you buy on TPT!

Everyone knows that teachers have to spend money out of their own pockets in order to stock their classrooms. If you've every purchased digital posters (alphabet, numbers, colours, etc.), check out this blog post for a simple tutorial on how you can reuse them for student référentiels, too!

*Before I get started, I want to take a second to remind you that pretty much anything you purchase on TPT is for ONE classroom only. You can check it out for sure on each individual product's Terms of Use page, but that's the default. If you want to share a resource with a colleague, you can purchase another license at a reduced rate on your purchases page. This is a tutorial for how to repurpose one purchase for your OWN classroom, not for someone else's! Thanks so much for respecting our time :)

How to Make the Most out of Your Small Group Math Time (en maternelle)

Fun fact: prior to last year, I always taught math whole-group.

I knew small group math would be valuable, but I didn't have the TIME to sit down and figure it out, and my students were still getting great results with how I was teaching math whole-group.

(I do a workshop model, with hands-on practice with a partner every single day, so my students were still getting lots of great math experiences.)

Buuuuut, as you may or may not know, I missed half of last year because I was out on maternity leave.

I came back to work in January, and I felt so behind in math!

My students still hadn't even mastered numbers 1-5, and not only had I not taught any content yet, but it often takes me a few weeks to get the workshop model off the ground.

I knew I wouldn't have enough time to make sure every student was meeting every outcome in the few months I had left.

With whole-group math, it can be hard to see who isn't grasping each concept until it's time for evaluations. By then, most of the class is usually ready to move on.

It can also be challenging to make sure every single student is staying on task and making the most of their hands-on practice.

If a single set of partners gets off task, you may have to spend all your time helping that group... and completely miss what the other students are doing.

It was simply impossible to make sure everyone was always writing numbers correctly, counting correctly, using 10 frames left to right, etc. - I'm only one person!

I still LOVE teaching math whole group, I do still teach math whole-group every day, and I still think it's extremely valuable.

BUT, I needed something more last year. When I finally sat down and hashed it out, I found something that I loved and wanted to continue with this year, too...

Small group math!

Read on to see what our routine looks like.

Looking for ways to make the most of your small group math time in your French primary classroom? Check out these tips and example routine and give small group math a go!

How to Get Started with Guided Reading in Maternelle

This is my seventh year teaching maternelle, and it STILL blows my mind I get to help teach children to read.

I remember my very first year teaching, when I had my first ever guided reading group sitting across from me at the table. 

I had absolutely NO IDEA what to do with them!!!

I had three pairs of eyes staring expectantly at me and no idea how to even START to teach them how to read the words on the pages of their new level one books. 

You need to know so many things to be able to read... what do you teach first? 

How can you make your students feel successful from the very first lesson?

I think other grades have an advantage when it comes to teaching reading (aside from the fact that their students' brains are older and more ready haha) - their students have all already been taught at least *something*, and have a jumping off point.

But what do you do when your students are starting from nothing?? 

How do you get guided reading off the ground? Where do you even BEGIN?!

I'm going to let you in on a little secret.

I actually don't start my guided reading lessons with small groups.

I start them whole-group!

What?? How can that be? you may be wondering.

Well, read on to find out exactly what I mean!

Do you teach Kindergarten in French (French immersion or in a francophone school), and struggle to get started with guided reading? This blog post will help ensure you get off on the right foot with your maternelle students!

5 Blog Posts from 2018 You May Have Missed

We all know teachers are busy.

And I mean, BUSY.

I thought I was busy before, and then I had a baby, and all I can say is WOW.

You teachers out there with more than one child and no stay at home parent, you ladies & gents are the real heroes of the world. 

2018 was a whole new experience for me.

I went back to work when Leah was 5 months old, and her dad stayed home with her (thank you Canada for amazing maternity/parental leaves!)

Even with Ben at home, life got CRAZY and I had to get really good at prioritizing and really bad at procrastinating. 

(I have always been a procrastination queen, so it was a hard habit to unlearn 😉)

As a family, we have our feet under us a lot more solidly now and are once again finding time to do the things we enjoy.

For me, that means going to the beach, playing hockey, and stalking teacher blogs!

In case your 2018 was as insane as mine, I decided to compile a little list for you of my top 5 blog posts you may have missed in 2018.

As I said last week, I posted a LOT of content in 2018, and unless you are the most loyal of readers (if you are, THANK YOU! ❤️) it's pretty likely you missed some of it.

The following posts didn't get shared via Facebook or email (yet), and only just started making the rounds on Pinterest, so you may have missed them. 

Click on any of the titles or images to go read the posts in their entirety!

2018 a busy year for you? Check out these five blog posts from Maternelle avec Mme Andrea you may have missed last year!