Friday, 15 February 2019

Bon festival!

Hé ho! Our field trip to Festival du Voyageur will be this week for Grades 3-8. We look forward to seeing our school's contribution to the 50th anniversary Festival Du Voyageur quilt which will be on display in the maple sugar shack. This lovely fabric was embroidered by one of our students who is in Grade Eight and we are looking forward to seeing it in the quilt.

In addition to our fieldtrip, we will have our school-wide Voyageur dress-up day this week. Do you remember how to dress up like a voyageur?

Here is a promotional video for Festival du Voyageur from last year. Thankfully this year, with our record February snowfall, we do not have to worry about insufficient snow for our sculptures!

If you would like to learn more about the history of the Voyageur, please click on the link below which has plenty of information!

This 18-page colouring book has delightful images:

I'm looking forward to next week with you! Bonne semaine et bon festival!

Mme Christensen

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Hé Ho! Le Festival arrive!

This is a sure sign of the soon arrival of Festival du Voyageur! Here is the first snow sculpture that I noticed this year, not too far from our school, at the corner of St. Mary's Avenue and Marion Street:

Once again, students from Grades 3-8 will have the great privilege of attending the Festival du Voyageur school program! We will also enjoy dressing as voyageurs at school and sampling pea soup, bannock and maple syrup. 

Students, please remember to bring in your field trip permission slips signed by your parents as soon as possible. We will be needing parent volunteers to help transport students for our Festival du Voyageur excursion, so your help, parents is so greatly appreciated!

Bonne semaine,
Mme Christensen

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Inventions and imaginations

Our Grade 7/8's are currently working on the rough draft of an invention---they have been tasked to invent an original (imaginary) device that will solve a challenge or frustration that they encounter in the school environment! Once finished, they will write and speak about their inventions before the class, presenting a 2-D or 3-D prototype of the device. Pictured above is an invention that is featured on the cover of our text.

The Grade 5/6 class is designing floorplans of a school--they can base their design on our school, another school or the school of their dreams! We have just started this work this week. I heard today that one student has included a swimming pool in his school's design! Students will also be writing and speaking about their schools once the floorplans are done.

Our Grade 3/4's have been learning vocabulary and expressions related to classroom objects and subjects as well as parts of the school.

In all cases, before we move on to any reading or writing, we have spent a good deal of time with vocabulary and concepts orally. In our 3/4 class today we had fun practicing vocabulary orally by playing charades as we tried to act out and guess which room of the school we were pretending to be in.

Bonne fin de semaine! Stay warm!

Mme Christensen

Monday, 28 January 2019

Bonne fête à toi!

A regular occurrence in French class is the creation of classroom birthday cards for each student that is having a birthday.

We start by choosing paper that is in the birthday person's favorite colour: Quelle est ta couleur favorite?

There are five parts to consider as we write up a card in French:

The greeting:           Bonne fête, __________! /Joyeux anniversaire, ______________!
Age:                         Tu as ________ ans aujourd'hui!
Description:             Tu es ___________ et _______________! ( Students use appropriate                                                      masculine or feminine adjectives already learned in class to complete this sentence.)
Imaginary Gift:        Je te donne _________________. (We brainstorm vocabulary for presents that                                           the birthday person might want....from a new pet to a trip around the world!)
Closing:                   De ton ami(e), _________________

Most students really look forward to getting their birthday envelope full of small handmade birthday cards and many of these become keepsakes year after year.

This activity is a good example of authentic communication in writing. It gives us a chance as a class at each level to introduce and continuously review the verbs être and avoir, the -er verb donner, masculine and feminine forms of adjectives and lots of vocabulary! 

Here are some samples below for someone who had their birthday this past week:

The outside of a card, above, and the inside, below:

Bonne semaine!
Mme Christensen

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Dans ma salle de classe

New units of work have begun for all classes! The Gr. 3/4 and 5/6 classes have been learning as well as reviewing classroom vocabulary which will help them prepare for their particular projects, scaffolded according to their level.

Music is a wonderful way to internalize vocabulary and language structures! Here are a couple songs we have been enjoying in Gr. 3/4:

Gr. 5/6 students had a vocabulary test Friday on classroom vocabulary. We have been talking about what we have in our desks and whether our desk is neat or messy!

Here is a link to a vocabulary quizlet that we have worked with to reinforce our learning of classroom vocabulary:

Our Gr. 7/8 students have been talking about what they are going to do (hopefully!) in 2019 using a future tense called "le futur proche" which involves using the verb "aller" which means "to go". Here is a fun song in English, Spanish and a bit of French that helps us to remember that "aller" means "to go". If you're a soccer fan, you'll like this one!

Bonne fin de semaine!
Mme Christensen

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année 2019!

This is an adorable French video with English subtitles explaining Christmas through the eyes of some delightful children!

May the Presence of our Saviour Jesus Christ in your life be the greatest present you receive this Christmas! Have a wonderful Christmas vacation and see you January 7!

God's blessings,
Mme Christensen

Friday, 14 December 2018

Il est né, le divin enfant

This has been an exciting week as our school has been preparing for our Christmas concert that took place on Thursday! We have been learning Christmas vocabulary related to the nativity scene or la crèche. Here is a link to a very well-known Christmas carol that is sung by countless French children and we have been practicing it from time to time during Advent. Its title means, He is born, the Divine Child, referring to our Saviour, Jesus:

You can practice some Christmas vocabulary using the online game, Sam Amuse, found here:

Let us take time this Christmas to remember that Jesus is coming again; let us prepare to be ready to meet Him!

Mme Christensen