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.
Bonjour les rennes
What a great way to learn “les jours de la semaine” (the days of the week). I downloaded the song sheet and flash cards from La maternelle de Moustache, one of the best online ressources for French Maternelle teachers.
Find attached the song and translated song sheet and flashcards from Maternelle de Moustache for classroom display. Do not feel intimidated by the lyrics. The children are riveted by the pictures and be sure to create actions as you sing. The children have loved this from the first day and more than a month in we still sing it everyday and now have a student lead the song each day. It is a good tool for the second period, don’t rush into it at the beginning of the school year.
La semaine des canards
semaine des canards flashcards
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.
Jean petit qui danse