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FrenchMargaret at Eiffel Tower

Margaret Kohler,

Practice or play: French at home

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

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!

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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.



Mr Bean and SabineElementary French students are cracking up and rolling their eyes at the antics of Mr. Bean this week as he tries to find his way to Cannes in the south of France, having one misadventure after another. This movie is a great conversation starter as students try to find the words to describe Mr. Bean, the friends he meets, and all the weird things that happen to him.

Looking beyond the slapstick, the movie makes a good case for why it’s better to speak the language when you travel!  It will also be a fun basis for an upcoming unit on transportation.


Today, we blog. But 17,000 years ago people posted something even more awesome: fantastic cave paintings, with colorful animals galloping wild across the rough contours of underground walls.


4th level French students have been exploring, acting out, and wondering about the prehistoric artists who created the paintings in the Lascaux caves of southwest France — and about the French teens who accidentally discovered the caves in September 1940 with their dog, Robot. History is so interesting as we re-imagine its stories…

The common conception of “a caveman” is challenged by the beauty and intelligence of these earliest works of art. Ask a 4th level French student to tell you how they imagine a trip back 17,000 years.

Note to Doctor Who: would the Tardis please come pick up 4th level French for a field trip?


Kindergarten French had their first lessons this week! They learned some greetings and a few things France is famous for. Bonjour, Ours Brun! Ca va?