Hi guys! As you may have seen on Instagram this week, I have been hard at work setting up my classroom. Things are finally starting to come together, and I am feeling like I will be pretty much ready for la rentrée  by Wednesday, when my new kiddos will arrive! I have been sharing pieces of my prep in my Instagram stories . I have gotten a lot of questions and comments about my new bathroom "passes", so I thought I would share them with you guys today. I found this idea on Pinterest when I was looking for bathroom pass ideas. I don't like giving real passes that my students have to take with them into the bathroom (ew haha), and they are not required at my school. Also, we are most often not working at our desks, so I don't find that the kind of pass where your students leave something at their desks to show that they are gone works well for us, either. The general rule of thumb is that one student can go to the boys' bathroom and one to the girls' ...
Bonjour! La rentrée is almost here, and teachers have been thinking about how to get started on the right foot. I have been getting tons of questions about what exactly I do with my students throughout the day to teach them the alphabet in the beginning of the year. If you read my post a couple weeks ago , you know that I teach my students one letter per day, NOT one letter per week. This doesn't leave much time to do a massive variety of activities for each letter, so our first 8 weeks of school are pretty much an alphabet bootcamp! In the beginning of the year, it is SO IMPORTANT to teach routines and procedures. You may want to jump in with outcomes right away, but let me tell you - in maternelle, that can be a HUGE waste of time. You might think that not teaching right away would be the waste of time... but when you have to reteach everything a month later because no one knew what was going on, you will probably realize that investing the time to run a tight ship in the...
Bonjour! If you have been following my blog for awhile, you may have already read my previous post about playing mainstream music in the classroom . If you have, you may want to skip this little intro and scroll right to the videos! :) If not, I just want to start my post by explaining why I think it's so important to play mainstream French music in your immersion and/or French first language classroom. It is of course  also important to play French nursery rhymes and children's songs if you teach in the primary grades, but I do truly feel that mainstream French music is an incredible way to expose your students to some French culture and help them feel proud that they speak French. As you probably already know, I teach kindergarten at a francophone school in a minority community in rural Nova Scotia. French is rarely spoken in our community, and (despite all of our encouragement to speak and live in French at home) , many students only experience French at school an...
Bonjour! I am here today to discuss kind of a controversial topic! I get asked all the time how I teach the alphabet to my students, so I thought that I would share with you my number one alphabet teaching tip today. But... It is not something that everyone agrees with, and many maternelle teachers do it differently. And that's okay! This blog is all about me sharing what works for me in my classroom - I absolutely do not think that I am an expert about what works for anybody else. I once heard a teacher blogger say to think about her like Walmart (or Target, if you're lucky enough to have one of those nearby), and you can think about me the same way. Stop by, browse around, and pick up one or two things to take with you on your way. You don't have to try evvvvvverything that I suggest, or ever feel badly if you do things in a different way. I don't judge other teachers - we are all just doing our best! And this blog post is all about what I have fou...
Bonjour! If you were here last week, when I wrote about 5 reasons you should try directed drawing this year , then you will remember that this week, I will be offering you some tips to help make sure directed drawing runs smoothly for you. We all know that maternelle can be hectic! Directed drawing is an amazing activity if it is done well, but it doesn't always give the best results if it isn't modelled correctly first. I have been doing directed drawing for years, so I figured sharing some of my best tips wouldn't hurt! 1. DO IT WHOLE GROUP FIRST Model, model, model ! I have a lot of people tell me that they use directed drawing in centres. I do think that could work, but I am going to offer you a different idea to try first. We might think that directed drawing is easy and obvious (I mean, the instructions are right there  at the top of the page!), but what is evident and easy for us is not evident and easy for someone who has never been taught. ...