In recent blog posts, I talked all about kicking off the school year and what I do with my students the first six-ish weeks of school. I want to switch gears in this blog post, so I'm going to talk about something that is so important to get started with as soon as possible: la conscience phonologique , also known as phonemic awareness in English. I’m sure (or, at least, I hope!) you’ve heard all about conscience phonologique before, but I just want to make sure that we are all on the same page. So if you're unsure of exactly what your outcomes are talking about when they mention la conscience phonologique , read on to find out more! ...
Can you believe it's already October 20th? Just 11 days out from Halloween! Can I also get a heck yes to Halloween near the end of the week this year?!  Last year, when Halloween was on a Wednesday, I wasn't sure we were going to make it, ha! Monday and Tuesday my students were SO EXCITED, Wednesday was Halloween, and then Thursday and Friday they were exhausted and coming down from their sugar highs. The scariest part of the whole week was definitely those sugar crashes combined with a late mid-week bedtime! This year, I actually have PD on November 1st, so that worked out pretty well for my students! (Less so for me, because I'll have to drive 2.5 hours the morning of Nov 1 to get there, but them's the breaks!) I am on the Halloween committee at my school this year, so I'm in charge of planning some fun Halloween activities (en français) for the K-2 students. I figured I would share some of them with you today, in ca...
I know I'm not alone when I say that one challenge that I have every year as a teacher is how to display my posters. Of course, we have four classroom walls and, theoretically, plenty of space...but that's not always the case! Many of us have administrations that require us to hang certain things on our walls and/or bulletin boards, which takes away space for things we want to display. Also, if you're like me, your fire marshall doesn't let you hang up very much, either! At my school, we are only allowed to hang things on 20% of the wall... which is basically just the bulletin board space. And I only have one bulletin board! I've come up with some ways of getting around this, though, so keep reading to learn my tips for ways to display classroom posters. 4 Ways to Display Classroom Posters Any référentiels or anything that I make, I do with my students, and we post them as we go. But, I do like to have my alphabet posters up all throughout...
Call me crazy, but we start using glue in my classroom from Day 1. We do a lot of crafts, which means a lot of cutting and gluing. If you teach or have ever taught maternelle, then you know that glue can be a hot mess. Today, I will be sharing my secrets of how we glue lots of things with no mess at all - even in Week 1 - by using glue sponges in maternelle! Using Glue in Maternelle I use the most amazing creation I have ever come across as a teacher: glue sponges! ...