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.
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
Boy do the kids love this song. If your lesson feels stale, your students are suffering from cabin fever being stuck indoors or you just want to have a good laugh and jump around, this song is the teaching Doctor’s prescription.
Tchic et tchac is the French version of “Tooty ta” by Dr Jean.
Here is a video from French teacher Johanna Gardner taken on her tour of France on her search of local and folkloric children’s songs and poems.
“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.
Que dit la météo
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
This is a traditional French “comptine” which is another great beginning song where the children learn the concepts of “petit” (small) and “gros” (fat/big).
I have attached the song/coloring sheet with English translation which can be shared with parents, and a video from Les comptines de Gabriel.
Les petits poissons