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La classe de Monsieur Baimba
The new year started with a lot of work.
After celebrating "la fête des rois", we discovered our first unit of 2013. In January, we were celebrating the 50th anniversary of Francis Poulenc's death. He was a French pianist and composer who worked with many talented musicians. We were especially interested in one of his projects, the music he composed to illustrate the book "L'histoire de Babar le petit éléphant".
First we read the story. To make sure we remembered the specific vocabulary we made un abécédaire (alphabet book). The children tried to remember details about the story. As a group, we tried to find nouns and verbs starting by every letter of the alphabet, that we collected in a booklet. It was a really interesting experience for the class to pay attention to how words sound and try to spell them right.
To conclude the unit, French for Fun organized a field-trip to the concert of "The story of Babar the little elephant".
We will soon start to work on our big unit about a French artist. Come check our classroom notes in a few weeks and find out who it is.
La classe de Madame Catherine
In January, Francis Poulenc and Babar took center stage at FFF, so many of our conversations were about elephants. Using authentic materials, we learned many interesting facts about elephants and their habitat. Since this small group of 5 year olds is interested in reading and writing, we applied our decoding skills to put down on paper our new vocabulary words, paying special attention to the sounds letters make.
Believing that being physically involved helps children retain vocabulary and concepts. we worked on our math skills using our TROMPE. The idea was to carefully curl our arm and line up the baby elephants behind their mother and pay attention to the problem. The children did better with their trunk than they did with their hand. They had to concentrate more...
On Mondays and Wednesdays, the children work with Mme Isabelle, our music director. She carefully selects songs to illustrate each unit and develops listening exercises design to reinforce vocabulary and listening skills of course.
On Fridays, we have TRAVAUX PRATIQUES, arts and crafts with all the morning immersion children. It was fun for all of us to meet Babar's jungle friends, LE SINGE,LE LION, LE TIGRE....
While the children were busy assembling the project, we were able to have conversations comparing these animals. Using more adjectives to describe and contrast size, skin texture, abilities, we were very impressed to discover that not only the majority of the children knew a lot about these animals, but many were able to join in the conversation and practically all of them could understand what was being discussed.
Would you believe that our jungle Friday was hot? EH BIEN OUI, so we enjoyed our very first picnic and played games.
DE LA JUNGLE A LA VILLE, from the jungle to the city, Babar meets LA VIEILLE DAME who gives him her PORTE-MONNAIE. Using this scene, when the old lady gives Babar her coin purse, we learned to recognize American coins and their equivalence in CENTIMES. Once again, we practiced our numbers and additions.
Following the book, L'HISTOIRE DE BABAR, it was time for breakfast. We decided to go shopping for Babar, using of course our very own authentic French provisions, not forgetting LES PIECES DE MONNAIE. If boys like to eat, girls love to play store, so each group got a chance at practicing the vocabulary their own way, but the object of the game remained, JOUER A LA MARCHANDE.
February might be a short month, but we promise you will like to connect again and see what we did EN FEVRIER.....A BIENTOT.
La classe de Monsieur Baimba
January was a busy month. We just moved to our new location and were already back to work. The topic of the month was la lettre B, that we kept finding everywhere around us.
First we saw it with le bonhomme de neige that we make using le bonnet (the ski hat), les boutons (buttons), les bras (arms), les branches (branches), le bois (wood), le balai (the broom), les boules de neige (snow balls).
Then we used les boutons and numbers to do all kind of activities and work on our fine motor skills, colors and mathematics.
We made a lot of progress at reading, writing and counting numbers. Les boules de neige and le boulier were really useful.
During all these activities, we practiced a lot of our basic skills: cutting, gluing, coloring, tracing lines, curves and writing.
Practicing these skills was really helpful on Fridays when all the children of the morning program get together for les travaux pratiques. Every week we use our creativity to make different arts and craft projects.
When the weather was nice enough we went outside to move and play. Beyond developing gross motor skills, these games are perfect to work on waiting turns and following rules while having fun.
Once we reviewed all the vocabulary we know starting with the letter B, we created our own board game and shared it with the other children of the program. We all had a lot of fun.