ARCHIVES: CLASSROOM NOTES: April 2012
"Les Petits Minous"
La classe de Monsieur Baimba et Madame Isabelle
There were a lot of birthdays at French for Fun in March. Les petits minous wanted to celebrate and party: faire la fête. We prepared birthday cakes with play dough and drew some with markers. We had to find the exact number of candles we wanted to put on.
In France, if you are in a mood to faire la fête, you can easily find a manège (carousel) and go have some fun with your friends. We had a very nice song on our CD to dance around a circle, as if we were on a real manège. We recycled a few objects and made our own manège, which can spin, "le manège tourne".
The weather changed quickly when the spring came. Between le soleil, la pluie et les nuages, the sky was always different so we had to learn about la météo. We started with a song, using musical instruments, to mimic the sound of la pluie, les éclairs and le tonnerre.
After that we prepared a few art projects to illustrate les nuages, le soleil, la pluie and l’arc-en-ciel. We had so much fun and made so much progress at gluing, painting and tracing lines.
With the sun and all this rain we had to put our boots on and go in the garden to explore. We learned about the grass and the bugs we can see there. This was also a way to trace lines, work on colors and numbers, and increase our vocabulary.
For Easter we decorated eggs, tracing lines and patterns on them. Then we listened to songs about les lapins (bunnies) and put on our masks to jump around the classroom. How many carrots should we give to le lapin ? Let's count. Now let's see how many eggs are hidden in the garden.
Stay tuned to know more about our next adventures.
"Les Gros Matous"
La classe de Madame Catherine
Chez les Gros Matous, On Adore Le Printemps!
Just like the weather in the spring, we are constantly changing and being engaged in many different activities. This month, some of us learned to count by 10's using plastic straws. It was fun making bundles of 10's and then figuring out how many more straws we needed to make 32 or 45. We stopped at 50.
The Pre-K are also adding words to their collages, sounding out letters and figuring out where each étiquette (label) goes.
It is actually fun, because we are really able to do it! Madame says we are FORMIDABLE!
Les Gros Matous invited a very special guest this month, "Climby," la tortue. After being so close to her, we were very eager to learn all about her. We made a little book on La Tortue de La Terre identifying the different parts of her body, learning big scientific words, like Carapace and Plastron.
There is nothing like the real thing! Merci Grand-père. Thank you grandpa for making the arrangements.
Words like carapace and tortue with so many syllables are perfect for pronunciation lessons and we 4 and 5 year olds always have fun making sounds.
Naturally Madame Isabelle found the perfect song to enrich our Natural Science Unit on turtles. As a matter of fact, this song is so great, we will perform it for the end of the year program, so we'd better practice!
Since La Météo was changing from Il Pleut to Il Fait Beau, our games and activities during La Récréation (recess) changed as well.
Even during La Récréation, we are learning a lot and our teachers always play with us — en Français bien sûr! This month we played house with different furniture pieces, we built stronger houses than last month and we learned how to iron — Faire le Repassage — a very French domestic activity since not everyone in France has or cares to use a dryer for everything. Hanging clothes outside or in the bathroom is still very common all over France.
After tout ce travail, all this work, we were ready to fly a kite! At FFF we make just about all of our props, so we made our very own Cerf-Volant.
These kites were actually a lot easier to fly than the real thing.
It was great fun — un très bon mois! En Mai!