Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Writing with the senior kids

Today's writing topic was 'dans mon sac, il y a...'

One of the kids calls me over to tell me that she has lots of things in her sac. Great, I say. You'll have lots to write about.

Withering glare. And then:

"Well! If I had known we were going to have to write about it, I would have brought a different sac!"

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Teaching JK kids the word for present

I was trying to teach my JK kids the word for present, and I used a little example of me needing to buy one and not being sure what to buy. After eleventy-million repetitions of the word cadeaux, we got to the good stuff: suggestions. Every boy suggested a different transformer toy. Every girl suggested Something Princess: princess sunglasses, princess shoes, princess dress, princess wand etc.

So I stopped them for a second and asked them what I should do if the recipient did not like princesses.

Dead silence.

Then one little girl puts up her hand and says 'Um, you could try mermaids?'

Cause that's totally different, right?