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Our trip to France June 2014


 Margaret Kohler,




French at home!

Who could imagine that one day these little ones would be heading off to high school, having graduated from West Side in 2016? We will miss this year’s 8th level French students! Au revoir!


Emelie (on right), couting to “dix”.


Chad (center) with his French color rainbow.


Emma (pink shirt, right), making a Mardi Gras bead necklace.

grads 2016

Et… aujourd’hui! Congratulations, grads!


We had a great first day in French, with plays performed by Levels 1, 3 and 6. Chapeau! Hats off! Middle School French started their week by reading French books with Children’s House. 20160509_091013


French Kindergarten students enjoyed the nice spring weather recently, playing the game, Quelle heure est-il, Monsieur Crocodile? It’s like “What Time is it, Mr. Fox,” except the fox is a crocodile, and it’s way more fun getting tagged by a crocodile!

The game is all in French. The students shout the question, then the crocodile says what time it is. The kids take that many steps, counting each step in French. When it’s midnight (MINUIT!!) the students have to run past Mr. Croc without getting tagged.

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Kindergarten families and friends are invited to join us Friday, May 13 at 12:45 for songs and games with Kindergarten French, during World Language Week. Also feel free to visit other levels of French and Spanish May 9-13 to see their learning. The full schedule of classes is available here.

I’m talking about their play, Comment y aller? (How do we get there?)! This week, the class started designing and constructing a car, train, boat and one other mystery transport for their performance World Language Week.

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All the French classes are getting ready for World Language Week, where they will share their learning with friends and family.  Here are 3rd level Goldfinch students practicing their play, Les trois petits cochons (The Three Little Pigs.)


Speaking along with a video helps build fluency.


Students highlight their lines in the text.


Be expressive! (No problem!)


Le loup frappe à la porte — The wolf knocks on the door.