Hi! We ended up getting a bonus snow day from that giant blizzard, and in between shovelling ourselves out, I managed to find some time to finally finish up an activity that I have been wanting to use as a literacy centre for a long time. It may be of interest to you if you are looking for some new centre activities. Presenting... Mots fréquents mystérieux! During centre time, I really want my students to be practicing as many skills as possible. I also need activities that are easy to differentiate and provide a challenge (but are also do-able!) for all of my students. I am excited to use this activity as part of our stamping station! Currently at our stamping station, my students have just been practicing stamping their sight word lists . I have enough stations that we don't stamp every week, but it has definitely been in need of something new and engaging! My students also love playing pretend, and get super into any station that involves imagining they are something e...
Happy Chinese New Year! There is a big blizzard on its way here in NS, so we have a snow day. A great chance for me to catch up on my gigantic to-do list! Before I get started on that, I wanted to pop in and do a little post about using read-alouds in a second language classroom. While in theory, my school is a French first-language school, well over half of my students come from French families/ancestry but do not speak French at home. Since I teach K, I have a handful of students each year who begin with little-to-no French skills. It can be a tough balance to create lessons that are beneficial to my strong French students, but that don't leave my language-learners in the dust! This year, I discovered "Close Reading", and feel that I have found a great way to use French read-alouds to develop my students' reading AND language comprehension, no matter their language level. When close reading, the teacher selects a text that lends itself well to the strategi...