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Mon bonhomme de neige

Here is a song that my students taught me! They had learnt it the previous year and it is a French version of Frosty the Snowman, “Mon bonhomme de neige”.

Here is the lyric sheet and coloring page with English translation and video of the song.

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Mon bonhomme de neige

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Le Ouistiti

Another cute finger game is “le ouistiti”, it is a real treat and the its French name is a lot cuter than just plain “finger monkey”. In fact “ouistiti” is the French way of getting kids to say “cheese” for the camera:-)

Here is a video with song sheet along with the English translation.

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Le ouistiti

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Nigiwiki et Nagawaka

Oh what a funny rhyme this is! At first the children are a little intimidated by the finger play but truly riveted by the story. It is so funny, we repeat this one countless times and the children never tire of it as they proudly become more and more adept. Next year this will be the second poem I teach after “J’ai un poisson”.

Here is the poem with translation and a youtube video with actions.

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Nigiwiki et Nagawaka

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Bonjour les rennes

In my continued search for songs relevant to the current project and target vocabulary I am spending more and more time creating and translating songs. This time, for Christmas, I translated one of my favorites from Super Simple Learning.
This website was a Godsend when I was a preschool English teacher and now that I teach French I realize there really is no ressource like theirs. They create songs especially for English language learners. How I wish I could find the same ressource for French language learners. Until then I will keep translating (for as long as none of the original creators get offended). So here is my take on Super Simple Learning’s “Hello Reindeer”.

You will find below the lyric sheet and coloring page (pictures also courtesy of Super Simple Learning) along with a video of the translated song.

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Bonjour les rennes

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Que dit la météo?

“Que dit la météo?” (what is the weather?) is another song which I created by translating a song by Dr Jean. Her songs are lots of fun and very catchy and the French version is a hit with my students. I use flashcards from La Maternelle de Moustache and will soon transition to a weather wheel also from Moustache.

I have attached my lyric sheet with translation and two videos of the song (one with flashcards and one with the class) as well as the Maternelle de Moustache flashcards that go with the song.

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Que dit la météo

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fiches météo

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Jean Petit qui danse

Les rondes are traditional folk songs sang while going round in a circle. They are lots of fun and a perfect first group activity with young children. They go around in a circle holding hands, a perfect time to introduce the shape “le rond” (the circle).

This particular “ronde” teaches body parts and has a catchy tune.

Find attached the song/coloring sheet and a long version cartoon video from Arnaud Mathonet.

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Jean petit qui danse