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February 2013


Morning Immersion

La classe de Madame Catherine

LES OISEAUX, the birds, were still very present in our classroom this month. As a matter of fact, we used LES OISEAUX using their proper French name; MOINEAU, HIRONDELLE, ROUGE GORGE for nearly all of our lessons and activities.

During math, while feeding our birds, or counting their eggs, we practiced adding and worked on the concept of more or less and as much as, PLUS/MOINS/AUTANT QUE.

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Knowing it is our responsibility during winter to help feed the birds we made UNE MANGEOIRE, a bird feeder, using recycled containers and sticks we had collected on a walk. The project was not easy, so we did not have enough hands to take a lot of pictures....DÉSOLÉ!

In art, I chose to use GEORGE BRAQUE as a true bird lover. It was disappointing to come back from LA BIBLIOTHEQUE, empty handed, but we did see many TABLEAUX on the Internet painted by BRAQUE which inspired the children to create.

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February was also the month of MARDI GRAS and La St VALENTIN. Since we have fewer children this year, both parties were much quieter than in past years, but none the less a lot of fun for the children.

The big event CHEZ LES GRANDS, this month was LA VISITE À LA BANQUE. We are very fortunate to be located in the heart of LAFAYETTE, CA. Within walking distance from our center, the children and I could tour Bank of the West, affiliated with LA BNP, a major French bank, enjoy some pretty authentic CROISSANTS À LA BOULANGE and say BONJOUR to LE MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE.

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A brand new season is fast coming and many more activities will take place at FRENCH FOR FUN in MARS À TRES BIENTOT.


Les Abeilles

La classe de Monsieur Baimba

February is the month of La Saint Valentin, so we decided to celebrate our friendship and practice reading and writing by sending each other des cartes de la Saint Valentin.

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In order to send them, we had to learn the different steps of the process, and work on le facteur (the mailman) and la poste (the post office). We had a nice set of images showing a little girl sending a card to her grand-mother. It was a perfect illustration for us. We created some cards with the words of vocabulary matching for every picture. We are starting to learn more about grammar and sort the different kind of words we read. Therefore, on one side we had the verbs: écrire, dessiner, fermer, coller, poster, apporter, ouvrir, lire, regarder (to write, to draw, to close, to stick, to post, to bring, to open, to read, to look at). On the other side we had the nouns with their article: un dessin, une lettre, un feutre, un papier, une envelope, un timbre, une boite aux lettres, un facteur, un velo, une sacoche (a drawing, a letter, a marker, an envelope, a stamp, a mailbox, a mailman, a bike, a satchel). We had a really good time playing with all these cards, mixing them up, putting them at the right place and reading them. The children talked a lot around them and shared little stories.

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To make sure we will remember the work we have done we glued these images on paper. We wrote small sentences next to each of them using our new vocabulary.

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Everyone picked up a friend, wrote a few words and drew on a letter. Then each one wrote the address on the envelope, and stamped it.

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We used our stamp collection to observe the nice images and review numbers.

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We put the letters in our bags and walked to the mail box.

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We were lucky enough to see the real facteur picking up the letters.

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