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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.
Grade 7/8: We’ll be working on “pouvoir” as well as creating some quick vocabulary for 2 minute conversations around real-world topics – giving/taking directions; ordering food, etc. We’re working very hard to use the vocabulary we have to express what we need.
Grade 6/7: Working on building our vocabulary. We’ll be doing some work on “vouloir” this week. Continuing to work through the play.
Grade 5/6: Continuing to add vocabulary – ask about body parts (we learned la gorge, le bras, la jambe and le ventre this week. Also be sure to ask about the great “cube” stories your kids are creating, and tweeting (#laclasseaqm if you want to see them)
Grade 4: Still working on date formats (they’re getting really good at this!), and having a lot of fun. This week we have those hard numbers (15, 16) in our dates, so it’s a great review. Continuing to add lots of vocabulary – we’re down to the end of the “Test 5” list – they know va and vient, as well as regarde!
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: There will be a meeting for those interested in band this week (didn’t work last week, because of so much sports stuff going on!). Keep those instruments coming back. Mr Dufrane’s class has them this weekend!
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October 15: Picture day! (don’t forget!)
October 24: Coffee hour for parents with guest speaker, Drew Monkman – see the main QM page for details
October 30: fund-raiser wraps up.
1. Qui a gagné le prix Nobel pour littérature?
2. Quelles 4 équipes jouent pour les championnats des ligues américaines et nationales?
Web: If your child is in an intermediate class, and wasn’t playing in the Monaghan Cup on Friday, you could ask them about the discussion we had in Period 1, about Restore our Anthem. It was pretty good critical thinking, media studies stuff.
For this week, more stuff to dig into. My birthday is October 12, which is Columbus Day, and so this cartoon from the Oatmeal was particularly pertinent. I’d much rather have my birthday be Bartolome day. This is one to share only with your older kids, and with time to talk – it’s difficult stuff. christopher columbus was awful
And just because you haven’t had enough pumpkin, pumpkin-caramel snickerdoodles
Book: Really? Could there be another topic this week besides Alice Munro? Look up at trivia question #1, Thanks to the members of my staff and community who put up with my CanLit happy dance all day Thursday. The Star published “The Beggar Maid” (one of Alice’s best-known stories) in its entirety on Saturday. If you’ve never read her stuff, it’s not a bad place to start. the beggar maid
Music: Um… at the risk of repeating myself :). This is who I’ll be listening to live on Tuesday night – just two women, two guitars, and two amazing voices. Their stuff is so reflective of who I was, and where I was in the world as I finished university and started looking for life in the real world (yes, I’m that old). “Let it be me” is probably my all-time favourite.