Today begins our French reading homework and so I have created a little Je Lis tutorial video in case you would like a walk through of the site. Your students have their green homework duotangs in their note totes so they should have everything they need to get started on their reading.
Please see the video below for the tutorial and don’t hesitate to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
September was a whirlwind of a month and now that we are into October we are beginning more and more elements of our French learning. It has been a pleasure working with your children and I have seen so much growth and learning already in the short amount of time we have had together at school.
One element that has been newly introduced to the students is our homework platform for French. As mentioned at Back to School Night and in the Back to School Night video (available HERE) the French homework will focus on reading using a platform called Je Lis. Nightly reading is an essential component to your child’s success in French and is expected to be completed Monday-Thursday. This should take approximately 10 minutes a night only. Though we will not be starting this homework component until next week, I wanted to give you some information on the platform and expectations. I showed the students the website today and gave them their login information in case you would like to explore the site before homework expectations begin.
The goal will be for your child to eventually read these books independently: fluently, with expression and accuracy without any assistance from an adult. Your child must also be able to demonstrate an understanding of what they are reading by retelling in their own words or answering questions. This will come with time as we learn more and more French vocabulary.
In order to keep track of your child’s reading progress, we will be communicating through the green duotang “Devoirs”. These will go back and forth from school. In this duotang is a reading log that you must complete each night. Please write the name of the book and the level as well as checking the difficulty level of the book. Please keep in mind that these books should be read independently by your child. If your child struggles to read the book or has more than three errors per 10 words, it is too difficult (sad face- 😕). If your child has a few errors and understands what is being read, it is just right (neutral face- 😐). If your child makes little or no errors and has an excellent understanding of the content, it is too easy (happy face-😀). We will be adjusting the levels as your child progresses through the year. Once a month I will also be asking the student’s to record themselves reading so that I can assess their reading. This can be done by scrolling down on the chosen book and choosing the “record” button. Once the recording is done you click “stop” and then “submit”. This will allow me to access the recording your child has made.
At the start of next week (Monday, Oct 18) I will be adding a tutorial to the blog to show you exactly how to access the features of Je Lis however if you would like to explore the website in advance, Je Lis can be accessed by clicking HERE.
Input your students Login Name and Password (found in their green homework duotang) which is case sensitive and then you can access their account.
Enjoy the Je Lis program and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!
On Tuesday, June 22nd, OJCS will be hosting Popsicles, Pals and Pick-ups. It is a chance to spend some quality time together while adhering to distancing guidelines. At 9:00 1A will meet at the blue play structure and 1B will meet at the side of the school (Picnic Table area facing JCC). Each group will spend half an hour either playing on the play structure or eating popsicles and signing yearbooks, then switch.
No additional guests or siblings may attend the cohorted events;
Parents of students can drop-off their child(ren) as the events will be heavily supervised;
As is mandated by the provincial regulations, masks will be worn when children are not snacking;
Hand sanitizer will be made available;
This is a wonderful opportunity to return any items that belong to the school (i.e. library books, textbooks, novels, materials, etc…).
Your child’s belongings will be ready for pick-up while you are on campus from the gym door facing the OJCS parking lot. Volunteers will bring your child’s items to you.
We understand attending these Goodbye events could be challenging for some families for a variety of reasons. Please know we have been guided by Ministry guidelines regarding Health and Safety and a day-event ensures enough supervision to meet these requirements. Let us know if you require a different pickup time and we’ll be happy to make an arrangement outside of school hours.
Below are some wonderful books and personal favorites that you can read to or with your child over the summer to help keep up with their progress in French:
Toupie et Binou– Dominique Jolin Non David ! (collection) – David Shanon (translation) Jouons avec Leon – Annie Groovie Monsieur son -(collection) – Bellebrute édition Dominique et compagnie Collection Rat de bibliotheque – varied authors Mademoisielle Nancy – Jane O’connor Galette – Lina Rousseau Frisson L’écureuil – Melanie Watt Collection de Laura Numeroff
We are currently working on Neighborhood vocabulary in French and the students will be creating a map of their neighborhoods throughout this week. They will be presenting it in French (with me) and in English (with Morah Ann Lynn) next week. The places must be labeled in French, and they have the choice to either draw them or use the attached document and cut/glue. Reminder to leave space for a title “Ma Communauté / My Community”, a legend on the side (Légende) and a compass rose (N/S/E/W).
We will be working on this during French class, so do not feel the need to do this for homework 🙂 (Although you can help them out with the drawings a bit if you would like)