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  Sunday, January 8, 2017

Oral Album to progress in French oral language

By Isabelle Gilet

A tool to help our students progress with their French oral

One of the favorite tools our French teachers use with their students to help them improve their oral vocabulary and language are the “Oral album”.

Those albums are created to teach the students how to strengthen their oral and improve their speech skills. The story is told by the teacher, not read as with a normal book, to the children.


The main goal is that the students get fully familiar with the language used to tell the story, by listening to the CD audio which comes with the album as often as they wish and individually.

At the end, the students are invited to tell the story using their own words usually greatly enriched by the appropriation of the vocabulary and sentences used in the story told.

Those albums offer different levels of oral skills (PK1, PK2 and Kindergarten levels).

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  Friday, December 9, 2016

Décorations de portes en Kinder

By Isabelle Gilet

Door decorations in Kinder

img_0051 img_0050Kindergarten students enjoyed using triangles to create these beautiful door decorations in the two Kindergarten classes.

More pictures will come as we also have lot to show in the preschool!

Congratulations to our teachers for their inspiration! 

Christian Jarlov

  Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Nice Introduction to Reading

By Isabelle Gilet

Les sacs à histoires in Kindergarten
“Les sacs à histoires”( bag with a story). It is a French story with an audio file, recorded by the teacher, that you can access thanks to the QR code.
Each bag contains a book, a QR code, the list of the materiel (a puzzle, some puppets representing the characters of the book, and some bookmarks) and the activities you can do with the materiel provided.
Those bags can be brought home and parents can play with their child by making puzzles,  putting bookmarks at the right page or retelling the story with the muppets/characters provided.
Let’s build this craving for reading by using the bags with stories.
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  Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Les trois petits cochons

By Isabelle Gilet

After reading the famous album “Les trois petits cochons”, the PK2 students all knew how to build houses using either stones, straw or wood.

But which ones will be the most resistant?

A perfect hands on activity during which you strength your team work and creativity.

  Monday, October 17, 2016

Discovery of the forest in KA

By Isabelle Gilet

Preliminary work: We studied the photo-book: “Le cartable qui fait atchoum”.

We learned new vocabulary about the forest and discovered the animals that live in the forest.

First we sorted out all the items found in the nature: leaves, branches, pieces of bark, pine cones…

In groups, we created a forest inside some boxes that will become our story-boxes.

Later we will model some animals with play dough and we will make our stories come alive using our “forests in a box”.


  Monday, October 10, 2016

Taste Week

By Isabelle Gilet

Taste Week

Last week our students in Maternelle learned a lot about the different tastes: sweet, bitter, sour, salty… and they discovered how to prepare a smoothie, and how to cook pizzas, cakes, or toasts. All those tasty experiences happened during Taste Week, a yearly event that brings some parents into the classrooms to help the teachers prepare games and a lot of tasting.

Thank you to all the parents involved and Babeth who did all the shopping!


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  Monday, October 3, 2016

Chasse au loup/ Wolf Hunt

By Isabelle Gilet

dsc_0001The students from KB had a very difficult task : find the author of the letter they had received during the week : Loulou the wolf !
Loulou happened to be hidden in Babeth’s and Sylvie’s office. What a surprise to discover such a nice wolf ready to share exciting adventures with the KB throughout the school year.

  Friday, September 30, 2016

Bienvenue ! Welcome!

By Isabelle Gilet

This year, we have decided to open a blog to share with you all the wonderful events and pedagogical adventures that take place everyday in the “Maternelle” or Pre-Elementary. Follow us to receive our pictures, stories and share the learning experience with your children!