“C’est le printemps!” (It’s Spring!) It’s been gray and gloomy for so long that the last couple days of sunshine have transported me to the caribbean and we seem to be rocking to quite a few island tunes lately. But we are veering back to more traditional tunes with this beautiful song by Henri Dès about a “papillon” (butterfly) who has just come out of its cocoon and is about to get eaten by “une hirondelle” (a swallow). However the singer does not want the beautiful butterfly to suffer such an unfortunate fate and rewrites the song a couple of times until he finds a satisfactory ending. After all, let the swallow eat “les mouches” (flies) “et les araignées” (spiders) instead.
This is the poem I am using this year to introduce the French alphabet to my students. I started with my elementary students but my Kindergarteners really enjoyed it as well so while I’m at it I will try it tomorrow with my 4 year old preschoolers:-)
There are times when, as cute as they may be, your students can run a little out of control and make you want to scream! Well, this little song is a great way to redirect them without shouting or losing your cool.
What a return to school! We spent more time playing than anything else. The children had a hard time returning to the class routine and I spent more time reminding them to whisper and keep their indoor voices. I sang “on chuchote” at least 3 times each day and thank goodness, it always worked.