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November News

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Dear Parents/Guardians,
We have been looking at the following Halloween words: le squelette(the skeleton), l’hibou (the owl), l’ épouvantail (the scarecrow), l’araignée (the spider), la sorcière (the witch), le balai (the broom),  la maison hantée (the haunted house), le fantôme (the ghost), le chat noir (the black cat). Have your child read the words and give their English translation.  
The grade threes have been reading the story C’est l’Halloween using the reading comprehension strategies taught.  We brainstormed the beginning, middle and end of the story. We played a bingo hibou bingo game with the words underlined in the story to help with the comprehension of words.

H                    I                          B                       0                       U   chanter         orange                noir                crier                pointu  (sing)            (orange)              (black)             (scream)         (pointy)                      la gomme      froid         …

October News Madame Panetta

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Dear Parents/Guardians, The students have been looking at the story "Où est le sac"(Where is the school bag). This story is about a girl named Erica who is looking for her lost school bag. Before presenting the story orally to the class, they were asked to use the reading comprehension strategies learned in class, such as look at the pictures, search for words that look like English and words that they are already familiar with. The students were than asked to share their knowledge by matching the words to their pictures. Here is the list of words. le sac (the school bag), la docteure (the doctor), le boulanger (the baker), la secrétaire (the secretary), le caissier (the cashier), la clinique (the clinic), le supermarché (the supermarket), l’école (the school). The students were asked to listen to the story and repeat after the teacher. Listening and repeating after the teacher are important strategies to help understand, speak and read a second language. They were th…
The French Program

Bonjour! My name is Madame Panetta. I am pleased to be your child’s French teacher this year. The French program is made up of two areas of study: Language Arts and Social Studies.

The Language Arts Program consists of a variety of thematically based units. These units will develop your child's vocabulary through activities such as reading, writing, singing, poetry, games and role playing. We will focus on oral communication as well as on reading comprehension.

The Social Studies Program consists of two strands which will be taught using the Ontario Curriculum. 1. Heritage and Citizenship: Students are introduced to topics that will help them develop an understanding of connections between the past and the present. 2. Canada and World Connections: This strand focuses on Canada and its relationships with the rest of the world.
During the first week of school the children presented themselves and what they enjoy doing orally to the rest of the class ( E.g Bonjour. Je m&…
September 29
Dear Parents/Guardians,
We have been reviewing classroom vocabulary in French. The children are encouraged to use them orally when speaking in the classroom. Here are some examples of these type of phrases.
Puis-je avoir ______________ (May I have _____________ )    
un mouchoir (a tissue) un papier (a paper) mon cahier (my notebook)
Puis-je emprunter ________________  (May I borrow)
une gomme (an eraser) un crayon (a pencil) un crayon de couleur (a pencil crayon) un crayon de cire ( a crayon) un marqueur (a marker) un taille-crayon (a pencil sharpener) un livre (a book)   de la colle (glue) des ciseaux (scissors) Une règle (a ruler)
Here are some other phrases the children are encouraged to use in the classroom. There will be other phrases introduced next month.
Merci. (Thank you) De rien (You’re  welcome) Peux-tu m’aider? (Can you help me?) Puis-je aller aux toilettes? (May I go to the bathroom?) Puis je aller boire de l’eau? (May I go drink water?)
Please encourage your child to use these…