Hi! In getting ready for back to school, I have been compiling all of my guided reading games and activities (getting organized is my big goal for this year!). Last week, I talked about some ways that I practice counting syllables with my students. Another big skill that K and 1 students need to work on is rhyming. Students should be able to identify and produce rhymes, and figure out which words in a series do not rhyme with a target word. Like syllables, rhymes are another way to show students that words and sounds can be fun, and that we can be silly with them! Did you know that I have a FREE guide all about teaching rhymes en français? If you haven't seen it yet and want to grab a copy, just CLICK HERE and fill out the form - I'll send it straight to your inbox. Included in the guide is a free game that you can use with your students to help them practice rhyming. The game is called Les mots dans un bateau , and you can read more about how it works below...
Imagine you are doing guided reading with one of your best maternelle students. They are reading along, their little voice getting stronger and more confident with every sentence, when all of a sudden, they reach a new word. A new word, BUT a word that just contains sounds they know (lavabo, for example) . So, you stay quiet, holding your breath, sitting on your hands to restrain yourself from grabbing their pointer finger to stick under the tricky word, willing them to use their strategies. You know  they can do it! They take a deep breath, put their finger under the first letter of the word, and (while you are still silently cheerleading) , you hear... "lllll-aaaa-vvvv-aaaa-bbbb-ooo... lamargaho!" You exhale in disbelief as they keep right on going, not even realizing that lamargaho isn't a real word. French is their second language after all... they don't know every single word yet! But, what even just happened?! They read every single sound correc...
Teaching maternelle is... special ;) Other grades have their challenges, too, I'm sure... but maternelle? It's a whole other ballgame!  (For example, you could actually probably play a ball game in another grade, and no one would steal the ball and/or try to stick it up their nose.)  <---- yes, this has happened In maternelle, it often feels like nothing is easy or obvious, and ANYTHING can happen. Which can be amazing and fun and means you're never bored! BUT...  You may find yourself looking at things on social media that teachers of other grades are doing, and think to yourself "that's awesome, but it'll never  work for me!".  Especially when it comes to behaviour management systems! I have seen SO MANY awesome systems and ideas out there - classroom stores, elaborate points systems, reward coupons, etc.  But generally, for them to work, students need to know how to read, or count, or control their bodies bef...
Hi! If you have been following my blog for awhile, you may have seen this post that I wrote last year about my clip chart. I have used a clip chart ever since I started teaching as a classroom management strategy, tweaking and changing it along the way. Please don't throw tomatoes...if you read my earlier post , you will see how and why I think that clip charts can be a useful tool, despite the bad rap they have been getting lately. But, because I am me and always have to switch things up, I have decided to do my clip chart a little bit differently again this year! A few weeks ago, I read an AMAZING blog post that showed up on my Facebook page. It is called Why I'll Never Get Rid of My Clip Chart and is written by Sarah Plum(itallo). You can read her original blog post HERE . I have reached out to her and she is in full support of me adapting her original brag tag clip chart idea, and sharing it with you here, in French :) ...