I can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I tweet at @nobleknits2, and the class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.
Our big word in terms of learning this year at QM is WHY? (POURQUOI?) Be sure to ask your kids why they’re learning what they’re learning.
Big news: There’s a new French curriculum document (okay, so it’s big news for me!), for the first time since 1998. If you’re interested, it’s here
Grade 7/8: Both classes have done their first read-through of the plays (and seen them on video). Both groups read very fluently, and are really challenging themselves to use everyday vocabulary to communicate. Mr L’s class worked on directions this week, and trying to navigate a partner to a nearby location. We’re really focusing on the real-world skills we can take away from French class. Both classes also looked at the verb “vouloir” – “pouvoir” is coming this week.
Grade 6/7: Mr Dufrane’s class: Have taken first full run at the play, and students are already expressing great opinions about it (in French). Continuing to build and review vocabulary.
Grade 5/6: We took a look at our play “l’arbre ungali”, an adaptation of an African folk tale this week. Students are working on figuring out the main idea of the story, and enjoying the main character of “la tortue” (a turtle), who speaks very slowly. Continuing to add vocabulary, and the play will help us look at the past tense, as well.
Grade 4: We’re starting each day with today, yesterday and tomorrow’s dates, and you can ask your kids to practise those for you. Still reviewing alphabet and numbers 1-31 regularly, and working on spelling our names. I’m posting a .pdf list of our vocabulary, in French-English form, so you can ask your child about what they’re learning – see if they can teach you the actions for some of the words. (ignore the part that says “test”) – we’re up to “je sais”/”je ne sais pas” on the Section C list.
In all classes, 10 minutes or so each day of reviewing new vocabulary at home (or review vocabulary right now) is very helpful. Let your kids teach you what they’re learning!
Instrumental music update: Thanks so much to all of you for helping your kids get their instruments back on time. It’s incredibly appreciated.As we have music every day, it’s very important that instruments are in the building for different classes to play. Mr Lush’s class gets instruments for the (extra long weekend). Watch for announcements for band this week.
Documents for download:
October 8: Cross-Country meet; fundraising kick-off
October 10: Monaghan Cup soccer event
October 11: P.A. Day
October 14: Thanksgiving; schools closed
1. Pourquoi est-ce qu’un group veut changer “O Canada”?
2. Qui sont John Greyson et Tarek Loubani
Web: A clue for the answer to question 1, for people who are reading the blog. Do we need to restore our anthem? I know lots of classes around the country are talking about this – maybe some dinner table conversation?
Book: Thanks to parent Naomi Stock for letting me know that Linwood Barclay (who I talked about in last week’s blog) is coming to town as a writer-in-residence at Trent in November. Watch for public readings. He apparently met his wife while at Trent, and even wrote for the Examiner. Who knew?
I shared this interesting article about young adult dystopic fiction with the book club this week, and they kind of agreed. What do you think?
Music: A couple years ago, I fell in love with a powerful video by Canadian musician, Shad. I became more of a fan when he responded to my e-mail request for an inspirational quote during black history month a few years ago. He’s personable, writes smart stuff, spent time growing up in London, Ontario (as a few of us did), and has a new album (Flying Colours) due out October 15. He’s coming to the Red Dog in November. Here’s the video that hooked me in the first place.