Bonjour! Today I am popping in to talk about one of my FAVOURITE activities to get started with right away in maternelle - directed drawing! I start with directed drawing pretty much from the first full week of maternelle. I LOVE routine (and so do my students!) , and this is one of the first academic activities I start building into our day each year. I have another blog post coming next week with my best tips for directed drawing, but I wanted to take some time to first go over why I think you should give it a try in your classroom. There are many  benefits that come from directed drawing - it is not "fluff" or a filler activity. Here are my top five reasons why you should give directed drawing a go in your French primary classroom: 1. IT BUILDS CONFIDENCE Every single year that I do directed drawing, my students are AMAZED at what they can create when they try thoughtful, multi-step drawings. Almost every student ends up being much better at drawing than they...
Bonjour! Today, I am here to share with you what I believe to be the best-kept classroom decor secret  in elementary. So, we all have posters and référentiels on display in our classrooms, right? We use them for evvvvverything  in maternelle - colours, letters, numbers, sight words, routines and procedures, vocabulary, reading strategies, writing strategies, etc. etc! In just about every classroom, you can find store-bought posters, teacher-made posters, and student-made posters (yes - I believe there is a place for all three types) . We know that posters and référentiels are valuable - essential, even! BUT... we all have one little problem (or, at least we all do at my school). Lack. Of. Space!!! How many of you have strict fire marshals who don't allow more than 20% of the walls to be covered (and 20% of the walls are pretty much already covered by bulletin boards, white boards, and coat hooks)? I do! Plus, I love using my big white board as a word wall . So, I am...
Back to school is sneaking up on us - EEK! I can't believe that two weeks of summer have already flown by. I personally still think it's too early for you to start getting ready, but I did want to put a little list together for you of five of my favourite French back to school freebies, so that it's ready for you when you are ;) All of these resources can be found on TPT (except one) , and all of the ones that I made are in my Free French Resource Library - which is a special place for my newsletter subscribers. If you want to in on the Free Resource Library, just CLICK HERE and enter your info! :) 1. FOCUS WALL HEADERS I made these focus wall headers as a special request for one of my favourite customers, and I love how they turned out! They are chalkboard-themed and look very nice up on the wall. A focus wall is a great way for you to display what you are working on each week. If you need more labels to match, I also made a set of editable labels in th...