Do you remember attending birthday parties as a child? I'm not sure if it's because I am from a small town that has grown a lot since I was young (we didn't have a movie theatre, indoor pool or playground, etc. until pretty recently) , but I find they have changed a lot. When I was young, birthday parties were often held at my friends' homes (or at McDonald's haha... I still miss that pizza!) , and we would play party games like telephone, pin the tail on the donkey, etc. Now, my students go swimming, see a movie, or hang out in bouncy castles. Parties these days are definitely less work for parents, but one thing that I've discovered as a maternelle teacher is that a lot of those party games we used to play are GREAT for practicing pre-reading skills and conscience phonologique! Since your students might not be playing these at parties anymore, why not make some adjustments and incorporate them into your teaching? Read on for 5 SIMPLE, no-prep, mos...
If you've been following me for awhile, you might have read some of my previous blog posts about writing (like this one or this one ) . You'll know that I don't really believe in having our maternelle students write from prompts each day , and I advocate modeling teaching them how to write REAL stories, from their brains and hearts, about what they WANT to write about. Someday, I am going to turn how exactly I do that into a TPT product, with structured lessons for you, but that day is not today haha. ANYWAY, all that to say that while I generally don't believe in writing from a prompt and telling my students that they have to write what I say, my school board does require me to teach les textes à structure répétée in maternelle. And, since it is an expectation, I do teach it, and my students do write them on the regular (by on the regular, I mean we write 1-2  textes à structure répétée per month - the vast majority of what my students write is of their own ch...