Bonjour! I am popping in today to discuss *another* somewhat controversial topic. ;) (If you missed it, I wrote a potentially controversial post this past summer about whether it is better to teach a letter a week or a letter a day in maternelle.) I want to talk today about homework in the primary grades! Throughout my teaching career. I have heard lots of different opinions on homework in maternelle, and I have also had the chance to form some of my own, which I will share with you in this blog post. First of all, I want to discuss a little bit about whether or not I think homework is even necessary or appropriate, and if there is a place for it in maternelle. Then, I will explain what it should/should not look like to be most effective, what exactly I send home, and what are our homework "routines" that help things run smoothly. My hope is that by the end of this blog post, you will come away with some new thoughts and ideas around homework, and maybe some way...
Bonjour! Do you teach anchor words to your students when you are teaching them the alphabet? Anchor words are super important. But, it can be a challenge to find fun, engaging, and effective ways to teach them. In this blog post, I will share with you what exactly anchor words are, why they are important, give you some ideas to maximize the chances that your students will learn them, and share some of my favourite resources! You may already know what anchor words are and why they are important, but just in case... WHAT ARE ANCHOR WORDS? An anchor word is basically a special, easy-to-remember word that you teach to your students to help them remember each letter sound. Every letter should have its own anchor word, and every time you refer to that letter, you should use the same anchor word. Consistency is REALLY important! When you are always using the same anchor word for each letter, your students will be more likely to remember a word that begins with each let...
  Bonjour! If you've been reading my blog for awhile now, you likely know that I LOVE brag tags. (If you aren't sure exactly what brag tags are yet, check out  this post  or  this post  for more details! Or, scroll to the bottom of this post for info on how you can get a set of brag tags for FREE) In my first post about brag tags a couple of years ago, I wrote about how I use the ball and chain necklaces from Amazon to display my tags. But... Since that year, I have not been able to find the right size necklaces on Amazon!!! The only ones I have found are so tiny that they would pretty much have to be brag tag bracelets or rings. So, the past two years, I have just been displaying my brag tags on a bulletin board using shower rings. But, it's just not the same when my students can't get super excited about wearing their tags and showing them off. This year, I found a solution that I like even BETTER than the ball & chain necklaces! I actually plan...
Bonjour! I can't believe we are already into October. Crazy! We have been working on our interactive alphabet notebooks since the first full week of school. (If you aren't sure what I'm talking about, check out this blog post before you read any farther!) As I'm sure you can imagine, interactive notebooks can be (in my opinion) more challenging in maternelle than in other grades. Especially in September! However, things have been going really smoothly so far this year, so I thought I would pop in and offer a few tips & suggestions that might help in your classroom, too. It is my hope that, by reading this post, you will be better able to make the most out of your interactive notebooks, have the preparation go more smoothly/efficiently, and experience less mess overall! Here are my best interactive notebook tips for maternelle: 1. USE GLUE SPONGES Glue sponges are one of the BEST tools for maternelle! They are easy to make and result in sticky...