“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.
This is how we close the class each day. We all return to “le tapis” (the carpet) after cleaning up, we sit and sing in echo. It is a fun way to mark the end of school day and a calm way to return the children to their parents:-)
Yay the holidays:-)!! We had our “spectacle de Noël” (Christmas show) on Thursday and it all went wonderfully. The kids sang beautifully, the parents brought great snacks and the party was warm and fun.
Here is a picture of the class decorated for our “spectacle”.
We had our own take on an advent calendar with a countdown to the spectacle on December 18th. It was long but the kids were so excited to see day of the spectacle finally arrive that it all felt worth it. Hard work does pay off:-)