Thursday, January 21, 2016

Beginning French Class at Davis Arts Center

Hello everyone! I am Danielle, the new beginning French teacher at the Davis Arts Center. I am currently a French major at UCDavis and I am minoring in French because I would like to be a French teacher in the future. I am in love with the French language and culture and I am very excited to work with children. I am going to share with the parents and anyone interested in our TALK program what we did on our first week back from winter break. 

January 4, 2016 - January 8, 2016

This week I focused on reviewing the things that the students had learned the weeks before winter break. The topics we reviewed include:

-Days of the week (lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi, vendredi, samedi, dimanche)

-The 12 months of the year (janvier, février, mars, avril, mai, juin, juillet, août, septembre, octobre,                novembre, décembre)

-The years 2015 (deux mille quinze) and 2016 (deux mille seize)

-Counting to 20 (un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, seize, sept, huit, neuf, dix, onze, douze, treize, quatorze, quinze, seize, dix-sept, dix-huit, dix-neuf, vingt)

-Basic colors (bleu, orange, rouge, vert, noir, blanc, rose, violet)

-The four seasons (le printemps, l'hiver, l'automne, l'été)

-Zoo animals and farm animals (le poulet, la vache, le canard, la chèvre, la cheval, la souris, le cochon, le mouton, l'oiseau, le chien, le chat, le lapin, le serpent, la girafe, l'éléphant, le lion, le singe)

-Parts of the face (le nez, les yeux, les sourcils, les cils, les lèvres, les joues, le menton, les cheveux, les oreilles, la bouche, les dents, le front)

-Parts of the body (les genoux, les jambes, les bras, le ventre, les épaules, les pieds, les mains, les doigts, la tête)

We did some fun activities throughout the week! One day we each drew a self portrait as I would name off the different parts of the face in French. This is a great group activity because the #1 rule is that we can not speak English so if one student does not know the words I say, then they must get help from their peers as they draw their pictures. The next day I had each student take turns drawing a different body part on our class white board to make one big body with no head. I then combined our head drawings to our big body drawing and we successfully created a six-headed monster! P.s... Our friend Lucy in class thought the monster needed trois nombrils (three belly-buttons)!!

Thank you for reading!

-Danielle Preston

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