How many times has this happened to you? You give a great lesson on the writing task at hand then send your students to go do their assignment. 2 minutes later, you hear those dreaded words. “J’ai fini”. You think to yourself, how is this possible? You’ve only been working for a couple of minutes! You ask to see their work and they’ve written one or two sentences and claim they have nothing left to share about the topic you chose. Now what? In this post, I’ll be showing you how I teach narrative writing in French Immersion in order to minimize “j’ai fini”, get your students writing the whole time, and keep them engaged.Read more
In this series, I will be showing you how I teach my students to read. This post is all about French Syllables. If you missed my last post, I talked about French Letter Sounds. Depending on what grade you teach, you may or may not be able to skip some of these sections. It all depends on your students’ prior knowledge. In September, I always do some assessments to see if my students know all their French letters and letter sounds. I have created an assessment that you can do with your students if you’re unsure what their abilities are. Click here for a link to the resource. Once you know that your students have their letter sounds, you can start working on syllables.Read more
Teaching students how to read can be one of the most stressful things to do as a teacher. It isn’t always easy and there are a lot of factors that come into play. It’s important to remember that learning to read is a developmental process and kids progress at their own rate. I’ve reminded parents before that there is a big difference in development between a child born in January and one born in December. They may be in the same grade, but a child born in January has been alive for almost a full year longer than one born in December. That often puts things into perspective for them. And guess what? Those kids do catch up! In this post, I will be going over how I teach French letter sounds to my class to build early reading skills.Read more
Home learning has been a weird time for all of us; teachers, students and parents. It seems daunting and overwhelming, but once you have a good system in place, it can run quite easily without too much work on your end.
Looking for some French resources to help you with Distance Learning? Check out this list of FREE activities appropriate for Kindergarten. Click on the title of each activity to get a direct link to the product!Read more
Teaching the alphabet and sounds can be tricky in a second language. I’m going to share with you how I teach it in my Kindergarten classroom and what kinds of activities & centres I do in this post. I start my week by reading a sound story from the book Raconte-moi les sons. The stories can be a little complicated for French language learners, so I simplify the language a bit, and help them with picture cues.Read more