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FrenchMargaret at Eiffel Tower

Margaret Kohler, mkohler@wsmctoledo.org

“Boy, those French! They have a different word for everything.”
― Steve Martin, American actor

 Practice or play: French at home

Kindergarten French News
Elementary French News
Middle School French News
Our trip to France June 2014
A look back at 2013-14

People who know more than one language are able to pay attention for 20% longer on average than people who speak one language. IMG_5774

Source: The Cognitive Benefits of Being Bilingual via Middlebury Interactive Langauges.

Yesterday, Middle School parent Becca Gorman brought two French exchange students to visit at West Side! Grégoire from Paris and Louis from Reims spent the morning with us, having conversations with 5th level and Middle School.  In the afternoon, they were joined by WSM alum Patrick Gorman (sophomore at St. John’s Jesuit).  The three young men gave fun French lessons to Kindergarten students for two full hours!  Un grand merci to Becca and the boys for taking time to spend the day with us!

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The visitors were impressed with 5th level students’ accent and speaking ability.

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Middle School conversation covered everything from Ebola, to video games, French politics, musical tastes, a typical French school week, and cool places to visit in France.

West Side alum Patrick spent two hours of his free afternoon doing French color guessing games with Kindergarten friends.

West Side alum Patrick spent two hours of his free afternoon doing French color guessing games with Kindergarten friends.

I guess I’ve been here awhile because I remember when Patrick was in Kindergarten French. He has grown a little!

Louis teaches the words for eyes, nose and mouth and watches Kindergarten friends decorate little pumpkins.

Grégoire teaches French words for eyes, nose and mouth and watches Kindergarten friends decorate mini pumpkins.

Louis entertained Kindergarteners with a Halloween word matching game.

Louis entertained Kindergarteners with a Halloween word matching game.

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Merci, les gars! Thanks, guys, for spending the day with our West Side French students.

It is that spooky time of year … oui, C’est l’Halloween!

Parents, your Lower Elementary student can practice the song with this link! (Parental guidance is always important with YouTube.)

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More Elementary French news

Picture1 crKindergarten French is playing “Falling Stars” this week, making little stars fall as we say words they know in French. Stars are falling on colors, numbers, feelings, and more.

They also love stamping. When they tell me the color they want in French, they stamp it with the Eiffel Tower to take home.  We count higher and higher in French as we hold the stamp in place.  Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix…!

 

 

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À bientôt!  See you soon!

More Kindergarten French News

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Who hasn’t heard of Middle School drama?  But in French class, it’s the GOOD kind!

7th and 8th level students put their dramatic skills (which are pret-ty fantastic, by the way) to work with French plays.  Their current play, Salut mon ami, (Hi, my friend) is about a boy named Michel who is on a quest to learn to play basketball to impress (spoiler & awkward alert…) a girl.

It doesn’t turn out so well for Michel in the story, as friends’ efforts to help him learn the game only bring him grief  — and a lot of bandages.

Fortunately Ours Brun can step in and “bear” the brunt of his misfortunes if nobody wants to play the increasingly injured lead.  Actually with his array of Build-A-Bear accessories, Ours Brun can step into just about any sporty role.