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Vive le français! Bonjour! We have kicked off the French program with a series of review activities in teams. We will tap into many areas of our cahiers as a refresher, but our main focus is numbers, (up to 1 000 000 000 for grade 7/8, 1 000 000 for grade 6). We are also practicing mental math out loud in French with multiplication, addition and subtraction. This is a challenging exercise, but it is awesome for brain development. Try it yourself. Say, “3+2=5” in English and in French. Your child can help you with ‘plus’ and ‘égale’.
Last year, our grammar focus was adjectives and later in the term this year, our focus will be verbs. Each grade is a different level of verb work, from basic conjugation rules, rules and exceptions, to past tense verbs.
For our students who are new to French, we are in full swing. On day 2, I switch to entirely in French. Although this may seem intimidating at first, students quickly figure out that it’s important to be actively listening and figuring out what’s going on.
We are covering instructional vocabulary in a classroom, colours, numbers, manners and eventually weather and clothing. We have students in split grades with varying experience in French.
Our more experienced students will be working in small groups to perform skits for the new students covering the basic vocabulary. We will all be talking, playing games, dancing and singing about clothing together eventually. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me by e-mail or if you’d like to speak in person, use the email so that we can arrange a time. Looking forward to ‘une année fantastique!’