It's January 15th! Do you know what that means? It means that Valentine's Day is officially less than one month away ! I LOVE celebrating Valentine's Day at school. Ever since my first year of teaching maternelle, I have always found Valentine's Day to be a super special day in the classroom. There is something about every student giving cards to every other students that just warms my heart. I love that moment at the end of the day when everyone is passing out cards, reading their friends' names, sliding them into their mailboxes, and then excitedly opening every single one. (Even though I am MEGA MEGA anti-boyfriend/girlfriend/anything of the sort in the primary grades ;) ) To help you celebrate this special day with your kinders this year, here is a quick list of my favourite French Valentine's Day resources - the ones that I use in my classroom year after year! (And yes, we begin celebrating pretty early... I will probably start putting our Val...
1:1 correspondence (correspondance mot à mot) and fluidity (la fluidité) are both very important skills that we need to develop in our students - even in our beginning readers! Both can be taught and explicitly practiced from the very start of their journey to learn to read, and can be taught and practiced in many fun and engaging ways. But before I share my favourite ways to teach and practice these skills, you may be wondering what I'm talking about! WHAT EXACTLY IS CORRESPONDANCE MOT À MOT? When a student has mastered 1:1 correspondence, this means that they understand that a word on the page = a word that you say when you are reading (either aloud or in your head). They have a solid grasp of the link between the text in books and the words that come from their mouth. You can tell that a student is mastering this skill when they are looking at the words on the page as they read (not at the sky!!!) and they are saying the correct amount of words. They also may notice wh...
Happy New Year, fellow teachers! It's hard to believe that 2018 is here, and I am celebrating my 3 year TPT-iversary. Crazy! I am heading back to work in just two sleeps after a short mat leave (my partner is taking the rest of the year off), and I am looking forward to having lots of things to blog about again! Even though it's only January 1st, I have already been thinking about Valentine's Day . As I'm sure I've mentioned before, I am a super Type B person who generally flies by the seat of my pants... but that doesn't mean that I don't like to *try* and get my stuff together and plan *some* things out. One challenge that I seem to have every year is getting my Valentine's Day cards ready in advance. Yup, I am totally that teacher who is scrambling to write them the morning of our class party ;) I live in a French minority community, so there are not really ever any French Valentine's Day cards available for purchase in stores in our are...