La classe de Madame Catherine
M pour le mois de Mars. So many wonderful topics to explore this month, with the change of seasons and the abundance of words in French which begin with the sound M.
However, working in a total immersion setting and never using English, I must stay focused and make meaningful connections for the children.
Last month we talked a lot about the birds. One of the songs which we included in our listing is the century old classic, DO RE MI LA PERDRIX....
Parfait, M pour Musique! Our music director Madame Isabelle and her husband, also a professional musician and fluent in French, brought the works for our ATELIER MUSICAL, a very special musical workshop.
As you can see from the pictures, teaching SOLFEGE has never been so much fun. Fun, of course, but at FRENCH FOR FUN, all fun has a purpose and our music teachers both share the same philosophy.
As the two musicians began training the children's ears, fingers and toes, I was articulating the various sounds, reminding the children that E becomes é with an accent aigu...and some children would respond by coming up with words like pépé, éléphant, école and more....
Music and movement are such natural and indispensable vehicles to develop language, especially with children..... Well, we adults had a blast too!
As I mentioned earlier, there are so many words in French which begin with the letter M, but it always makes more sense to choose the words which fit within our lessons, the time of year, the children's interests.
One word which we learned this month is le MATELOT, a young sailor, simply because it could be incorporated into the theme of BATEAU which we explored on Fridays for TRAVAUX PRATIQUES. (Arts & crafts, projects, experiments)
Now, when you make a boat with 5 year olds, you just have to put it on water. Of course we all know, there is nothing more fun than a bucket of water....but why not go a bit further and experiment with more objects, which may or may not float?
This simple experiment is always a hit. It allows us to use many different words, use various adjectives to explain why the object sinks, TROP LOURD, too heavy ....and again how much fun is it to just get wet. A perfect project for a nice Friday class.
Science is magic with 5 year olds and naturally outdoor walks are a must in Northern California in March. We focused our attention on trees, L'ARBRE EST VIVANT. Once we had touched, observed, smelled, we were ready to make a booklet using scientific words like, LA SEVE, LES BOURGEONS etc...Some children did not know these words in English.
LE PRINTEMPS is really here and we are off for LES VACANCES DE PAQUES
BONNES FETES! (Happy Passover and Easter)
Middle School Immersion
La classe de Madame Catherine
The International Day of La Francophonie is being celebrated March 20th every year throughout the French Speaking World which consists of more than 220 million speakers on all continents. Thousands of students learning French, the second most common language learned in the world, also celebrated in many ways La Journée de La Francophonie.
French for Fun never misses an opportunity to have fun while learning, so of course our middle school students took part in the celebration. We spent one week in Le Maghreb, the northern part of Africa where the French language is very prominent.
While in Morocco, we spent a day in Marrakech using a homemade board game which illustrates all the must see monuments, the best souks, the ingredients necessary to make a good couscous, etc.
Of course, we could not resist. We had to try some belly dancing moves. The next day, we needed a rest and enjoyed some Moroccan mint tea while listening and watching on YouTube the Rap group La Caution perform Thé à la Menthe. For someone who really dislikes all rap, I must say I found it acceptable and fun.
We ended our week long celebration in company of a young American/Algerian college student. She is of course fluent in French and came very well prepared. An informative PowerPoint presentation was followed by a show and tell of authentic artifacts. We ended the lesson with samplings of homemade Algerian pastries. We watched one more rap video by 113 singing Tonton du Bled. Pas mal, but let's say I am ready for some Western African tunes which we will enjoy after spring break, when we resume our classes and focus on Sénégal, Mali and a few other French speaking countries.
Working on grammar as well, the students were asked to send a postcard to a friend using the conditional tense: "Si tu étais à Marrakech, tu adorerais visiter les rues de la Médina."
I am really hoping to visit Marrakech someday...j'aimerais bien y aller...for real!