We are off to a fantastique start to the school year! French students have been learning and doing a lot so far during this first trimester. Here is a look at what each grade level is up to:
As this is our first year learning French, we are focusing on the basics. At this point, we can introduce ourselves and have a basic conversation including asking and telling names and how we’re doing, as well age how old we are. We can also count to ten in French, and identify common shapes and colors. We have also learned to pronounce the alphabet in French, and next we'll learn some common verbs to tell what we are doing.
To help us learn, we use lots of different activities, including songs. Here is Mrs. Brutcher’s class singing our welcome song.
Fourth graders have been building on what they learned last year as they continue in their study of French. They have learned vocabulary related to what they see in their classroom, and have practiced counting how many of each thing (chairs, white boards, cabinets, etc.) there are. They have also learned how to use adjectives in French (a nice compliment to their study of adjectives in ELA!), and can describe a variety of people, including to say that they are nice, curious, sick, beautiful/handsome, as well as a few different nationalities. Now they are beginning to learn how to talk about the classes they take, and to explore the French educational system. Have your student tell you what's different about school in France. (School on Saturday instead of Wednesday!?!) [Only Ms. Magin's class has learned this at the time this newsletter was published; the other classes will learn about it after break.]
Here are some students practicing the adjectives we've learned (matching their masculine and feminine forms) by playing memory.
Fifth graders have been building on what they have learned in the last two years as they continue in their study of French. They continually impress with me with what they recall from previous years, as well as their willingness to challenge themselves to take their French even further. They rose to the challenge of learning to count all the way to 100 in French, even through 70 and higher, where things get a bit complicated. Next we started learning how to describe someone, both their physical and their personality traits. They are doing a great job of using this information in context. In the pictures below, they are working cooperatively in small groups to make strings of dominoes, which have descriptions on one side and images of people on the other. It was challenging, but they did great!
We have a big and enthusiastic French 1-A class this year! They are doing so well so far, reviewing things they've learned in past years, and building upon that knowledge. We are nearly done with our first unit of study, in which they have been practicing basic conversations -- asking and telling their names, nationalities, how they're doing, etc. They can even invite others to go do things with them (go to the movies, the mall, the café), and either accept invitations, or turn them down. Soon they will put all they've learned together into some skits that they will write and either perform live or record; I am so excited to see them!
Our little class of Eighth Graders are continuing on in the second half of the 2-year high school credit class. We have spent a lot of time reviewing what they learned last year, as well as adding some new knowledge. Soon we will begin a new unit all about shopping for clothing, food, and other items. This will be the context for reviewing numbers and colors, as well and learning how to describe things and give our opinions on them.